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Tuesday , December 14, 2010
Heavy Rotation: Blonde Redhead, Broken Bells, Lou Reed, Milla Jovovich & The MDH Band
Blonde Redhead, "Here Sometimes"
This is the new Blonde Redhead song! It's from their upcoming album, which will be called Penny Sparkle and is coming out in September. I'm predicting more and more dark prettiness overall--I daresay their music is getting more and more gauzier as they move farther from their (post-)punkier days of yore. Though I miss the squall of a record like In An Expression of the Inexpressible, there's something that feels increasingly lovely and lived-in with each record they put out. I like the electro nature of this track a lot, though it was a little surprising at first and at first I ignored it because, well, there are Danzig records to be listened to in July. But then last week I was taking the N train in the evening and we went over the bridge and suddenly this song opened up something fierce and it all made sense. Sometimes a song just needs a perfect moment, right? BTW, you can download the mp3 from Fader here. (Kat)
Broken Bells, "Your Head Is On Fire"
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One of the musical surprises of my summer is how steathily the Broken Bells record has insinuated itself as a constant headphones staple for me. There's a complex theory to be made that Danger Mouse is like the Switzerland of music or something, able to bridge all kinds of music-ness into a beautiful land of geeky cool, but I'm not going to make it here. It's just amazing that he's made me able to like something remotely Shins-related. Give the dude a musical Nobel Peace Prize! (Kat)
Lou Reed, "Tarbelly and Featherfoot"
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I was going to start reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro but then I got to page 14 and realized all I ever want to do is read A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews over and over and over again, forever. The narrator's Nomi NIckel and she's a 16-year-old Canadian Mennonite and maybe my favorite fictional girl ever, a zillion times cooler than her big sister Tash who writes Patti Smith lyrics on her bedroom walls and pierces her own ears with a needle and a potato and runs away with a boy named Ian who wears eyeliner ("Tash had shown him how to put it on really thick so that it highlighted his pupils and made him look dead. He liked napes, which he compared to vaginas. He told me what mitosis was. I loved the way his voice sounded when he said: Two daughter cells. I loved the way he took my sister's hand like he was sure she'd let him. He had wet brown eyes, really long arms, and a slight underbite like Keith Richards'. He once gave me five bucks to go away.").
My only quarrel with Nomi is she loves Lou Reed. I feel like Nomi could do a hell of a lot better than Lou Reed, but maybe I'm biased cuz Lou Reed mostly just leaves me cold. "Tarbelly and Featherfoot" is a Victoria Williams song but it's the Lou Reed song I most wish belonged to Nomi Nickel. I really hope Nomi finds someone to be the Featherfoot to her Tarbelly. (Liz)
Milla Jovovich and the MDH Band, "Satellite of Love"
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Also I love "Satellite of Love," partly because when I hear it I just see Ewan McGregor lip-synching the "bom bom bom" part while riding in a magic space car. Laura put this cover on a mixtape for me like ten years or ago or something. The MDH Band = Bono and Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois and a few other dudes like that. (Liz)
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