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Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy, Sad

Weird things are happening at fast food restaurants, at least as far as music is concerned.  One day whilst enjoying some chicken nuggets at the hot and juicy redhead, I heard Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Soft Shock" playing.  Not long ago I heard Sea Wolf in both Chick fil A and KFC/Long John's.  Then it happened.  I recognized a melody and some chords, then had my breath taken away from me when I realized it was the most horrendous cover of The Killing Moon I could ever imagine.  WHY???!!! Here is a link so you can decide for yourself: Hype Machine- the awful killing moon cover.  Pavement already kicked everyone's ass covering this song, so why ruin the Bunnymen for fans this way?  I'm not saying Mr. Laswell doesn't have a right to cover the song, just that he doesn't have the talent to do it well.

In other news, Zola Jesus has a fantastical new ep out titled Valusia which I think you should really give a listen.   The best song is definitely number 1, "Poor Animal" which has a similar sound to her previous ep, Stridulum, but expands on the the instrumentation.  Poor Animal

The War on Drugs have released Future Weather, a delightful piece that will win over fans of Tom Petty, Vetiver, maybe even Dylan.  I recommend beginning with "Brothers" a 70s rock extravaganza! Brothers

More excellent new releases include Bird By Snow, Powerdove, and Sharon Von Etten 7in series.

In books, you should definitely give Charles Burns' X'ed Out a try if you dare.  It's quite well illustrated and delves into some interesting psychological arenas, with shoutouts to Burns' biggest influence Herge (Tintin creator.)  Find out more at: Pantheon Graphic Novels.

If you are bored and looking for some movies to watch, I suggest Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton and Edward Norton, and Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling (thank you Becky:)  Both of these actors give very different performances in these films that what you may have come to expect from them, quite refreshing if you ask me.

I suppose that's all the confusion I have to offer for now.

Ta ta for now,

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