You're Everywhere I Turn
by Dan
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Misha - "Shake a Little Looser" [mp3 removed by label request]

This is the only "strummy" song on Misha's Teardrop Sweetheart, but it's definitely the best. It's handmade quality is what sets it apart from the other blippy, disco-y songs (which are often good too, but not like this). He's got that George Harrison echo, and simple simple structure, but it's those little flicks, those little melodic winks, like the way your favourite person says your name, it's such a comfortable sound, so comfortable it makes you shiver. And the way this song ends, though understated, is what makes it great; it knows to give up right when the last word is said. It's so nice it's almost enviable. [Buy]


Liars - "The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack (Single Version)"

My ears can't really hear anything except this today. If you tried to call me, I'd answer (I have it on vibrate) but I wouldn't know when you were talking. If I saw you on the street, I'd think you were rude, like you were flapping your mouth in some sort of gesture of ridicule. I shouldn't try to cross the street or ride my bike, I certainly couldn't go to a movie or a guest lecture, or join in on the "Simon Says" tournament in the park. No, today I can only listen to this song, with its beat like giant swaying redwoods, its treble-y, almost hissy vocals like a coarse whisper. And I love the ambiguity of the lyrics, it sounds less like an offer of support, If you need me, I can always be found, and more like an admission of weakness, like he's disappointed in himself, that he'll always be there. [Buy]

Posted by Dan at June 20, 2007 2:52 PM

Wow, how did I go so long not knowing that there was a different version of that Liars song?! That's wonderful, thanks.

Posted by Maciej at June 20, 2007 3:04 PM

Thanks Dan, these are both great.

Posted by Karin S. at June 20, 2007 4:34 PM

I've been re-listening to Drum's Not Dead, so thanks for posting this. but it begs the question: why not put this version on the album proper? It seems to have more strikingness than the album version. alas, my question will be whisked away by the ephemeral changing tides of Liars' sound.

Posted by Cap'n Guthrie at June 20, 2007 7:40 PM

You know, I think I still like the album version better. It flows well with the rest of the album and this has a more "popular" rhythm section to it. I guess that's why it's the single. It means more to me without the percussion in the foreground. Also, there's an intro that really sets the mood.

Posted by Charlie at June 21, 2007 3:20 AM

i have had many such days as well. this (well the album version of the song) is the top played song on my home computer and my work computer. for me the more straightforward percussion on the single version takes away from the intimacy of the song.

Posted by errol dwithers at June 23, 2007 10:23 PM

It is the same Misha as here:

Posted by Jam at July 2, 2007 10:45 AM

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