Wolf Parade and Taiwan song
by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


And would you look at that - Monday already.

Bunun Tribe / David Darling - "lugu lugu kan-ibi". A beautiful dawn song, twenty-three Taiwanese singers accompanied by the subtle work of cellist David Darling. This isn't a strict field recording; Darling lived with and recorded the Bunun, but later composed and performed his cello parts in studio. The result is a beautifully round piece, a circle of rich sound. On a Monday morning it's difficult to be unaffected by the community of singers, those gathered voices, and the underlying lace of Darling's plum, tender strings. When the Bunun's song returns in the last minute, it's like that warm slipslipslip back into dream, when instead of waking you can stay in that soft, happy place. (I heard this on the CMN Comp that came with Songlines magazine, but Amazon sells the album, Mudanin Kata, here. I bet it's good.)

Wolf Parade - "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts". Lead-off track from Wolf Parade's new EP, another self-recorded collection of songs to tide us over for the Sub Pop LP in early 2005 (?). The band's pulled their shit together, however: this song is clear as glass, sharp as basalt. It opens with the clipclop of sticks and hungry ghost voices, then a bleary buzz of synths and a roll-up into soulful rock. Spencer yowls and chants, leading the march over a decaying clay floor. Drums go from clatter to clomp and back, everything setting off a dustcloud haze that stings the eyes. The "la la la"s are hysterical, the delerium of a drunk man in the smoke. Watch out for the precipice. [buy soon]

Optimus Crime reports a possible "secret" Wolf Parade show at Montreal's Le Swimming (!?) on August 25th. Consider yourselves advised.

Hot Sex Kitten is a fresh mp3blog that likes sad and angsty things (hooray!) - in many ways it's a kindred spirit to the missing (and missed) in action Listen Closer. The writing on Hot Sex Kitten is good, too, or at least the author shares my penchant for convoluted, wistful metaphor --

"This record [Karate's "'The State I'm In' aka 'Goode Buy from Cobbs Creek Park'"] makes me want to lay on my bed and stare out the window, and at the same time I?m tapping my toes and nodding my head. It?s as though the sun-dress girl wants to tell you about the special spot in her heart for Douglas Coupland; when she realizes she?s rambling she starts tickling you, and you both end up in hysterics as you wrestle around on the grass.

And before you know it you?re in love."


i am in need of a something that will allow me to stack a bunch of MT posts and post them automatically once-a-day while i'm away from the computer. this script didn't work. (fwiw, i have scripting access, but can't commandline into the server.) can anyone point me to a solution?

Posted by Sean at August 16, 2004 12:13 AM

i want to find some Taiwan singer. and their songs.

Posted by Leona at April 29, 2005 9:48 AM

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