Thursday, November 20, 2008
"The names of Brailey, Bricoux, Clarke, Hartley, Hume, Krins, Taylor and Woodward were permanently inscribed into the history books on the night of April 14th, 1912, and their totally unselfish deeds during that night serve as a constant reminder of the devotion to duty many people displayed during the sinking. Shortly after midnight, as the lifeboats had begun to be loaded, Hartley assembled his band in the First Class Lounge, where many of the First Class passengers were now assembling, and began to play. Many people later commented on how strange it seemed to be wearing a lifejacket, awaiting orders to get into the lifeboats, whilst the band continued to play away as though nothing had happened. Later, as more and more people began to realise the seriousness of the situation, and began to file onto the Boat Deck, so too did Hartley, reassembling his band on the Boat Deck close to the entrance of the Grand Staircase.
What went through their minds as they played together on that night can only be guessed. As the slant of the decks increased more and more, did they even consider that this was their last hour alive, or did one or two of them hold out a slight hope that eventually, one of the officers would amble over, and instruct them into a lifeboat? Whatever their thoughts were, we will never know. All eight bandsmen were lost."X - I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (div share)
Earth, Wind, and Fire - That's the Way of the World (div share)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Animal Collective - Winters Love (div share)
Sung Tongs is one of my favorite albums of all time and my neighbors across Milwaukee Ave play it really loudly sometimes when they're not having band practice in their living room. It makes me want to befriend them, and send coded messages with flashlights, and string up a tin-can phone.
Scenario Rock - Perfect Love Antidote (Bobmo rmx) (div share)
I'm reposting this because Hypemachine is ignoring me for some reason:
Pocketknife & Cousin Cole - My My, Hey Hey (Cousin Cole Into the Blue Remix) (div share)
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I guess I half-believe that too. Partly because my visit with my vegetative mother last week has me feeling that it's only fair we should get some sort of final chance to say unsaid things, or at least ask what it's like in there — in The Beyond, or in my mom's head. If people who are gone can't talk it's only fair to assume that they can listen, right? So for this reason I believe it was Real Sean in Jessie's dreams, and I also believe it because of this, one of my favorite poems ever.
By Marie Howe, from "What the Living Do":
In the dream I had when he came back not sick
but whole, and wearing his winter coat,
he looked at me as though he couldn’t speak, as if
there were a law against it, a membrane he couldn’t break.
His silence was what he could not
not do, like our breathing in this world, like our living,
as we do, in time.
And I told him: I’m reading all this Buddhist stuff,
and listen, we don’t die when we die. Death is an event,
a threshold we pass though. We go on and on
and into light forever.
And he looked down, and then back up at me. It was the look we’d pass
across the kitchen when Dad was drunk again and dangerous,
the level look that wants to tell you something,
in a crowded room, something important, and can’t.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Ween - You Were the Fool (div share)
LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down (div share)
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
When I was in Austin the weekend before last, I heard an album I liked in a store so much that I bought it as soon as I came home. For real, I'd heard almost the entire album in that store, as my best friend was Born to Shop. Paul Duncan is from the south - born in Texas - but lives in Brooklyn as his handsome scruffiness commands him. In the dead of last winter I suddenly started liking Bonnie Prince Billy, and this appeals to me along the same lines.
From 2007's "Above the Trees":
Paul Duncan - The Fire (div share)
Paul Duncan - High in the Morning (div share)
On a wildly different note, I went to the Empty Bottle on Halloween and saw a band called Detholz! ("death holes"). A phenomenon here in Chicago, Jeff Tweedy has taken them on tour with Wilco a few times which is not surprising as they put on quite the show. For the most part they masterfully played very, very whaaat the fuuuck theatrical covers - Like a Virgin, We Built This City, Conga, The Gambler - although they apparently have their own material as well. They opened with the Karate Kid theme and it was amazing.
Detholtz! - FLEX/You're the Best Around (div share)