Thinking About Thinking About Getting Old
Dr. Dog - Die, Die, Die (mp3) [buy the new album "We All Belong" released today]
Dr. Dog - My Old Ways (mp3) [video]
[So I guess last night's Apples in Stereo show was fantastic.]
Danielson can get an atheist to praise the Lord in a way I once thought only Mahalia Jackson could. Brother Danielson (Daniel Smith) adds an authentically strange indie sensibility to the cuteness inherent in a band full of red-haired siblings. And the result is fantastically genuine and largely indefinable performance art/music. The only reason it's necessary to note that they are hardcore Christian is because their religion motivates to create instead of destruct in a way I've historically thought impossible of the modern religious. The family publicly prays in convoluted indie lyrics, in smoky rock clubs, and in a way that one truly needs to see to understand. If you unfortunately have to wake up in the morning for church, you'll soon instead be able to watch their documentary Danielson: A Family Movie (out in April) which gets remarkably close to band's live performance. I'm hoping the release will include a new line of handmade comfort stuff and am actually looking forward to an evangelical knock at my door. Let me know if you're interested in a film screening.
Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet (mp3) [buy the newest "Ships" featuring Sufjan Stevens]
The state of the union is most transparent when housewives of orange county use the word decadence to esteem themselves. This weekend's annual charade in hollow celebrity worship is partly orchestrated by Orprah Winfrey, who unfortunately clouds her potentially powerful messages with a tragic taste for the high thread-count bedding of riches and fame. Millions of Americans tonight will focus on Julia Roberts perpetuating the idea that the pinnacle of achievement is dressing in an extravagant temporary gown and receiving millions of dollars via a little metal statue because she once pretended to be a character in someone else's story. The root of decadence is decay; a moral and artistic deterioration caused by excess, self-indulgence, and lack of responsibility. These attributes are now woven proudly into artless handbags, embroidered with 'D-I-V-A' for our daughters, and faithfully promoted to CEO.
Elizabeth Harper - Trouble In The Palace (mp3)
Because I'm supposed to be unwaveringly proud to be an American, I tell you a story about a celebrity today. Jim Carey formed the darkly maniacal character for his upcoming movie 23 by listening to Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Skinny Puppy... a group who depth is just as new-wave as metal. If you're interested in Jim Carey's The Number 23, send me your mailing address and I'll drape you in excess with a free movie pass to see it, a copy of the soundtrack, a t-shirt, a hat, and a poster. The address is only used to send you the free goods, don't worry...
Blond Redhead - 23 (mp3)
Nine Inch Nails - Me, I'm Not (mp3)
Panthers - Thank Me With Your Hands [MSTRKRFT remix] (mp3): Send evidence of your dance prowess or lack thereof (anything... a picture, a video, a story) to firstname.lastname@example.org and win a free copy of MSTRKRFT's new CD "The Looks" and an understated band t-shirt.
Thunderheist - Suenos Dulces (mp3): Sweet weekday dreams of the weekend are made of caffeine and these synths.
Iron Horse - Kissing The Lipless (mp3): Strangely, this classic Shins song almost sounds better in bluegrass. This spectacular cover features a gleefully proficient banjo building to charm when the occassional tail end of a phrase is subtlely tagged with a howlingly pitched falsetto harmony. [Email me if you're looking for tickets to tomorrow's Shins show in Milwaukee]