Victor, what's a melody?

I love how uncompromising Deerhoof is. It's extremely endearing.

Takk is the best thing Sigur Ros has ever done.

Franz Ferdinand is really starting to annoy me, which sucks because I have a very comfortable nook in my heart for them.

John Cage was a little bastard homo genius fucker.

And finally...

...anyone notice that she is in almost the exact position of the woman in the new Cesaro Paciotti ads? (Which I am actually enjoying, not gonna lie).

Coincidence? HELL NO!

A prize for anyone who can find an image online of the new ad. I can't.



It's like dancing with a palsy; I mean,
it's not like they are unable or even incapable, though some are,
I just think, I think, I think just like that. That is,
I'm unable (or even incapable) of thinking otherwise.
It's sort of egotistic I guess, to think everyone around you is incapable, or even unable,
but that's what makes salsa with a palsy so delightfully awkward.


I am listening to some random shit these days, and right now Tin Hat Trio's Book of Silk is rockin the iTunes. It is delicate and beautiful and smart, but I'm not sure this is the right time of year for that, for me. Emiliana Torrini's Fisherman's Woman, on the other hand, is jiving quite well these days.

How strange that as much as I look forward to fall music during most of the year -- God, October is gonna be great -- this week I have been soooo in the mood for winter music. Sigur Ros in particular. I guess the I'm liking the thought of chiseling away at some icy exterior right now for some reason. We will see how that one turns out.

I will hopefully post on live Sigur Ros and Interpol shows soon, but I'll throw out my main points right now: (1) Sigur Ros are less musically precise live than I expected, but that's really cool because it means they're human after all!; and besides, their show is painfully beautiful. (2) Interpol would definitely sound better in smaller venues than large, because large makes them sound too much like The Cure. But DAMN they have the most beautiful lighting I've ever seen at a rock concert.

I know what you're thinking, Z.

playing: "Empire of Light" - Tin Hat Trio


D'zamn... good songs

I made a "Damn Good Songs" MixCD for Ross last night. We're always talking about how pop songs are so wonderfully simple in construct yet so annoyingly difficult to write well, especially when it comes to coming up with even a half-decent melody. In spirit of that, I collected a bunch of brilliantly written songs that come off easy as hell, gorgeous as shit, and spirited as fuck.

01 Laura Nyro Woman's Blues
02 Nick Drake River Man
03 Death Cab for Cutie I Will Follow You Into the Dark
04 Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane over the Sea
05 Elliott Smith St. Ides Heaven
06 Gravenhurst Tunnels
07 Gravenhurst The Ice Tree
08 The Arcade Fire Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
09 Kings of Convenience I'd Rather Dance with You
10 Fiona Apple Oh Well
11 Brian Eno By this River
12 The Decemberists July, July!
13 Iron & Wine Each Coming Night
14 Roisin Murphy Through Time
15 The Shins Pink Bullets
16 Sufjan Stevens Holland
17 Joni Mitchell The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines
18 Leonard Cohen Famous Blue Raincoat
19 The Wrens Thirteen Grand
20 A.C. Newman The Cloud Prayer

Strange fact: I realized after compiling the songs that at least 50% of them are in the key of F. Weaardz!


who? my name is...

Which Rock Chick Are You?

Quite appropriate; I really am more a Bjork than Tori.

And may I just say, "Storm" off of Drawing Restraint 9 is easily one of my favorite, if not the favorite, Bjork songs of all time. In-fucking-credible, if you've never heard it, YOU NEED TO. As a matter of fact, DR9 is pretty fascinating as a whole. For me, this soundtrack is ultimate proof that Bjork is one of the foremost geniuses of serious popular music, right up there with Aphex Twin and Radiohead. Her output is so varied, unique, and rich; volumes could be written about it. She will be remembered decades and decades from now, which is not something I can say about a lot of my favorite artists.

And I don't care what anyone says, I thought the swan dress was awesome.


Jammin 92.3 FM presents...

...the mash-up of Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off" and Ce-Ce Peniston's "Finally". At least, they would if Jammin 92 still existed. And if the mash-up existed outside of my head. Damnit, this needs to happen! Someone do it!!

I have a LiveJournal page now for non-music-related business. Username? PhallicVic, obv. Come say hi.

listening: "So Low" - Self