Kudos to Josh Morrissey for sending this art film, conceptual painting of a music video my way. Gotye takes the breakup song, which can easily feel played out, and makes a tender, funny, and resonant tune that shifts seamlessly from folksy to indie to electronic pop. May have to get my tuckus to one of his CMJ showcases.
Hands down we like, we love, we choose you
We’ve got an eye, an eye for what’s romance
We’ve got our eyes, our eyes trained on you
You watch us sing, we sing ‘til we’re crying
We sing to free ourselves from the room
We love the sound, the sound is what found us
Sound is the love between you and me
Wild Flag, Romance
listening to Wild Flag’s first full length LP on repeat. Buy here.
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene…
On Monday night, a family friend from northwest Massachusetts and his band played at a bar in the East Village. Afterwards, I hung out with my brother, my sister in law, and my cousins who are not actually cousins, but I’ve known them my whole life, so they might as well be. Jolene came on, and I couldn’t remember that it was Dolly Parton. I’d already been using my Shazam earlier in the evening to identify a song by The Seeds (and over the weekend listening to bad pop in the car on the way to the goat roast. And yes, I know it’s somewhat inexcusable to mention going to a goat roast without further going into it, but I’ve been full of all sorts of inexcusable behavior lately).
I stood up to hold my phone close to the speakers and Shazam Jolene, but it turned out members of my family knew who the song was by and told me before Shazam could finish analyzing the song, to which one of my cousins quipped that I could also talk to people in addition to using my app. He was right, and it was funny, but in the end, there’s something about that moment, of family trumping technology, that I want to hold dear.
“I regret my life won’t be long enough to make love to all the women that I’d like to, or least of all, to live to the ones I’ve loved. And I’ve never regretted a love affair, except one, and that’s all over. I worried about it a little bit, but that’s all.”
Introduced one of the topmost humans I know to John Hartford yesterday. It was the least I could do.
Never Lost One- Sister Nancy vs. Lauryn Hill (Wick It remix)
Oh no big deal, just two of my all time favorite songs mixed together. Yep. Casual.
Little Dragon- Ritual Union
This track has been on heavy, heavy rotation for a while. It is just so perfect for listening to in the morning, afternoon, late at night…you get the picture.
So running into Ariel Sims of the fabulous Tayisha Busay last night reminded me that I meant to post the video for WTF You Doin in My Mouth a really time ago, weeks, at least. Maybe months? And just now, I was reminded that I have never successfully been able to spell Tayisha Busay at first pass, but I will continue to strive to, fearlessly, until that day.
So TB (see what I did there?) are pretty much the only people in the world who could take shots of glitter and have it not be campy, nothing against anything campy, I just happen to think that it is a feat deserving of its own award category, to only be given out in years the panelists see fit to recognize this distinct achievement.
The video was written and directed by Tessa Greenberg, the other fierce, female in hot pants, who I did not run into last night, but who I used to work with, way back in 2009, so I thought I’d say hi. Hi!
Their first full length album comes out this Fall, and while I prefer it were coming out, say, yesterday, occasionally I try to exercise patience if something is worth waiting for. In the meantime, you have more than ample opportunity to get your glitter stockpile started if you haven’t already, or if unlike me, you didn’t spend half of college wearing fairy wings and hanging out in the woods of Oregon, in which case, the sparkly shit is liable to appear on your personage and belongings at any given time.
UPDATE: Free show in Brooklyn this Friday, the 29th.