Wednesday, November 25, 2009

joe lieberman defenestration fanfic

need i say more? (other than it's written by steve coll of the new yorker, and that it's IMMENSELY SATISFYING)

i'm weighted by thinkin'

i suppose i could write why i like this song so much, but in light of giving thanks and the upcoming weekend festivities and everything, i'll just give credit where credit is due from the pfork review: this is a great summary of why this song is wonderful.
"Graze" flows directly into "What Would I Want? Sky", a song that samples Grateful Dead's "Unbroken Chain" and is easily among the most warm, likeable, and melodic tracks Animal Collective have recorded. It refracts Aquarian optimism through a modern sense of uncertainty, undercutting the loop's jovial lilt with a tricky structure and lyrics that seem confused about what will happen next. "Sky" contains the first officially licensed sample of the Dead, and it's the best marketing move the band's organization has made since they greenlighted Cherry Garcia. It's not easy to take a cut-up voice and make it the centerpiece of a tune, and it's harder still to sing along with it in a way that doesn't sound forced. But "What Would I Want? Sky" sounds as natural as something that grew out of the earth.
i think the best way to tell good things is by whether they feel as natural as something that grew out of the earth.

Monday, November 23, 2009

it's been a long time since you've been around

1) new things on the myspace, which will eventually be the primary myspace, in anticipation of this show on tues. dec. 1:

2) thanksgiving! get to see relatives/my dear sister, who is now in college, which is a deeply unsettling fact.

3) speaking of deeply unsettling: 5 year high school reunion friday. how this will affect turducken is to be determined. it's just going to be so, so strange.

it's weird how things come back intermittently this way. mark twain, apocryphally: "History doesn't repeat itself-- at best it sometimes rhymes."

also, for good measure, i sort of love this song:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

the windows are shaking and so are my bones

my dreams are back! fuck that. i really, really don't want to wake up every morning having to remember that things aren't that good. stupid brain. walkmen:

also: URUGUAY.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

a place that is cold and dark and close to my heart

beach house - norway

when the background vocals come in, try humming "all my love is sailing to norway" from that interpol song-- perfect.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

i've got no more baggage / i threw all my old things away

the new walkmen album (new to me, several months old to all others) is amazing. i keep thinking about ways to write about it to entice you to listen to it. i haven't settled on one yet. until then, consider this an utterly worthy addition to the false optimism list. maybe a team captain.

also, uruguay won tonight, 1-0. not so bad, right?