the oh so quiet show

All I’ve Listened To This Week…

My god, it moves

…Is Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective.

In the morning on the subway. At night on the subway. Right now in the office (my co-worker Erin is playing it through her speakers).


I didn’t even particularly like Animal Collective until now.

…Better late than never, I suppose.

I am listening to the best thing ever right now

Production music from Ren and Stimpy


I haven’t watched the show since I was little. I’m afraid that if I did I might realize how messed up the show was and wonder why I’m still a semi-functional human being. But by just listening to the music I can picture Ren and Stimpy in my head. …Wait, that’s creepy.

..Wait, I don’t really want this…[goes to]…

Thank you, Secret Fun Blog. I THINK.

Understand Your’e Swede

Understand You’re Swede

Well. I understand all the kids, what with the wife being so hot, but what’s he gonna do with the hatchet and bag o’ rocks?

I wish I knew.

Because the obsessed teenage girl phase is over

beck!I mean, it was over some years ago when I crossed the double decade age.  But I only realized today that if I don’t get his latest album, Modern Guilt (which I only realized a week before its release even existed), then it’ll be his only album that I don’t have. I have the other 11 in some form. Should it bother me that I was once a frighteningly dedicated fan but have quickly fallen from fanaticism to…whatever I am now, which is probably a healthier mental state?

I dunno. I feel like I do have to get it, just to keep the collection complete, and should continue doing this until I die (or rather, until Beck dies, because he’ll probably go first…or will he). Been listening to some new songs and they’re…catchy enough (although my favorite album is still Mutations). It’s the only new music I’ve listened to in a long time. I’m afraid to read Brooklyn Vegan because I probably won’t know 90% of the bands it mentions and I’ve given up on trying to catch up. I have to channel the obsessive music-loving middle schooler I once was.  [squints]…[clenches fists]…

…Okay, that just gives me a headache.

New Notwist Album

I only just found out that The Notwist had a new album coming out, The Devil, You + Me, by reading an ad for it on Facebook.

That can’t be a good sign.

After reloading the page, the ad now says, “Black Hair and Beauty NYC.”

Donuts make everything better

Don’t forget the donuts

Is it sad that the only reason I feel compelled is less so when I find a song I really l like, but when I find an album that references donuts and how you must take heed of their presence?

More info about this album, “Don’t Forget the Donuts” by Wayne Potash, from The Blognut, my favorite donut blog. (Granted, the only one I read, but still.) The Blognut says, “Other than the fact that it involves Donuts, I’ll really never be able to put into words why this album is so awesome.” It’s awesome beyond the English language.

…It’s a children’s album, if that makes any more sense.

Five songs of random randomness



Aarktica – Seventy Jane

This song by Aarktica (a band that I admittedly haven’t really listened to aside from this song) gives me the impression of…a turning point in an ’80s teenage movie, where everything starts going slow and fuzzy. Worst description ever. Yet that’s all I imagine. Like time has stopped. And things are warm and fuzzy. Or something. Whatever it does to my brain, it’s caused me to listen to it upwards of 25 times in the past few days, so…yeah.

Might just be me.

Shinichi Osawa – Star Guitar (Chemical Brothers cover)

I ran across Shinichi Osawa quite randomly while…randomly searching for Chemical Brothers mp3s on The Hype Machine. If the song didn’t say “Featuring Au Revoir Simone” I probably wouldn’t have thought to listen to it. Which would’ve sucked, since this has been my “WUUUHAAHAH HAPPY?!” song for the week. Like “run around the room crazy happy” kind of happy. And isn’t that what we all want? To run around our rooms with flailing happy arms? …No?The original song is great too (awesome video and all), but Shinichi’s version is a tad faster and benefits from the vocals of Au Revoir Simone. IT IS FULL OF WIN.

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Alive 2007)

Listening to live Daft Punk songs through your headphones is probably 50000 times less exciting than hearing them live in concert, but it’s still shizzloads more exciting than listening to…a lot of other stuff. This was my main “WUUUHAAHAH HAPPY?!” song before Shinichi’s came along. Of course, it still fills me with happies and triggers arm flailings. Flailings!

Fionn Regan – Be Good Or Be Gone

Like many things, I’m slow on the Fionn Regan uptake. But better late than never.His songs are full of prettiness. GO LISTEN. OKAY, COOL.

Oh, and watch this song’s music video.

Yelle – Mon Meilleur Ami

A large reason that I like Yelle probably has to do with not understanding what the hell she’s saying. And that the whole mishmash of stuff I don’t understand sounds French, which is nice. She could be talking about killing baby dolphins for sport or something equally repulsive and I’d still like her because I DUNNO WHAT THE HELL SHE’S SAYING, FALALA. (That also has a lot to do with why I bow at the altar of Hakan Hellstrom, switching French for Swedish.)

Seriously though. Um. Catchy. Oh, and i know I can stick her lyrics in a translator, but that would ruin some of the fun. I know some French and can identify things every now and then, but not to the point where I can understand a significant part of a song, which is fine with me.

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Random Saturday Mix

I meant to post this two weeks ago, but I fell behind.

So here are some songs I was listening to two weeks ago. In the paaaast.

Update: Zach recovered my post! Holy crap! Thanks, dude.

Taken by Trees – Lost and Found

Victoria Bergsman’s solo material under the name Taken By Trees appeals to the sleepy head-lolling part of me. Which is pretty much when I’m on the train on the way to work and on the way back home. Amazingly, I’ve never missed my stop.So, this song is lovely. Lilt-y. Soft and sweet. Like cotton candy. Mm, candy.

The Future of the Ghost – Freak Out

This song by The Future of the Ghost appeals to the part of my brain that would dance if it knew how to. Instead, I just bop my head around. In private. [bop bop]

Delete – Sunk

This song by French duo Delete sounds really crunchy. Like, “Ah, that’s what it sounds like to eat your own teeth,” crunchy. Why that appeals to me, I have no idea.

Caribou – Sundialing

I’ve listened to Caribou/Manitoba before, but for some reason Andorra is his first album that I felt compelled to listen to over and over again and maybe swaddle my head in if it were a pillow. It’s comforting with little happy bits in it. Like a brownie with nuts. Unless you don’t like nuts in your brownie. You can come up with your own analogy.

Girl Talk – Hold Up

I only just started listening to Girl Talk a few weeks ago. Yes, my timing is a bit off. Anyhoo. His 500-songs-smashed-into-one method immediately appealed to me. Somehow he takes a bunch of songs I probably wouldn’t like on their own and turns them into something awesome. Like combining flour, eggs, butter and sugar to make a delicious cake. I wouldn’t want to just eat plain flour, you know?

So basically, Girl Talk is baking delicious cakes.

Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Elysées

One of my friends gave me this song by Joe Dassin but I didn’t listen to it much until after I saw The Darjeeling Limited (which I enjoyed aside from the wave of motion-induced nausea that set in about 2/3rds through the movie). It’s in French. It’s kind of happy.

“Il y a tout ce que vous voulez aux Champs-Elysées / There is everything you want on the Champs-Elysées”

I don’t really agree with that (what if I want a…a PONY?), but it fits the bill as “a very nice street to walk down.”…On second though, maybe it does have everything.

Random sounds

Although it’s unnecessary to say something is a note to myself, this is a note to myself: Taken by Trees (Victoria Bergsman‘s solo project)

While bleeping around:

I’m quite surprised I like the above album. It’s…dancey. And I recently had a conversation with friends about my undance-itude. There is visual evidence of me dancing, but it’s more like me being dragged around by other people in a dance-like fashion.

I actually have that Phonem album…on vinyl. Which is completely pointless when you don’t have a good record player. Which I don’t.

I’m tired. Thus ends this insubstantial entry.

Note to self

Too lazy to write a real entry.

More albums I want but don’t have yet:

  • Band of Horses – Cease to Begin
  • Caribou – Andorra
  • Radiohead – In Rainbows
  • Copy – Hair Guitar (This album came out months ago—I suck. Actually part of the reason I held off was because the AD shop was closed and I like to buy all my AD things FROM THE SOURCE, except the source is currently closed, so…there’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)

I still remember when I was in high school and went to a local record store with a friend on the day that Amnesiac was released. Like giggling schoolgirls (because that’s what we were), we bought…4 copies? We were buying some for other friends as well. It was an event, you see.

Oh, youth. So far away. Now I don’t know when stuff comes out and I’m slow to buy things.

I’m at work. Damn. I should do work.