November 8th, 2012

Sometimes you can’t quite make out what the vocalist is saying. Maybe you really want to know. You love the song, but after multiple listens you can’t get it right. So you Google it. Congratulations, the internet gets to troll you.

Not always, but more often than it should, the lyrics some yob uploaded are amazingly wrong. The internet should be able to crowd source this sort of thing. You should not be told that “illustrious” is “celestious.” I don’t even know how you could make that mistake. It’s not a real word. Though, out of curiosity I Googled it. I doubt the song has a shout out to a WoW character. But I could be wrong.

And it’s: Skipped through to the end to see if you got help from someone there up on high /
may have heard the beacon’s faint cry.

Not: Skipped through to the end and you’ve got help from someone else /
I thought I met her in the biggest fake crowd.

I mean damn. That’s an amazing mishear, which I can only attribute to the person who posted the lyrics being drunk.

It is late 2012. Please, musicians, save us. Post your lyrics on your damn websites so idiots don’t tell people you’re singing about meeting people in fake crowds.


September 18th, 2010

I submit that any of my friends could have heard these two tracks, and without knowing whether I’d heard them, predict that I would like them. They are like a catalog of my guilty and not so guilt pleasures compressed into easily accessible four minute tours of “Production Techniques that Ian is a Sucker For.” That’s not to say that they cover every single one of them, but the number of bases covered is nevertheless impressive.

Azure Ray – Don’t Leave My Mind
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Nothing But Our Love
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I feel like these tracks are lineal decedents of The Notwist’s “Pick Up the Phone.”

Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl makes an excellent wink and nod appearance near the end of Scott Pilgrim. They use the original album version, which is sung, if I recall correctly, by Emily Haines, also of Metric. Now, barring some special appearances, she hasn’t toured with BSS since 2002. A rotating cast of women have taken up the song. If you see it in concert who is best? Well, it turns out that’s an interesting question.

Broken Social Scene has had numerous touring lineups. I’ve found four versions. If Feist has done this song live, I didn’t find it on youtube. [oops, I was wrong, but she isn’t the sole vocalist in that performance]

The current female lead vocalist: Lisa Lobsinger
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The long time lead: Amy Millan
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The irregular fill in: Elizabeth Powell (regularly in the touring lineup, but I don’t know that she does this song often)
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Best I could find on that, lots of semi-hilarious crowd “banter.”

The originator: Emily Haines
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Impressive if only for the ear splitting screams from just inches from the camera. Also, I could do without the girl sort of sing chanting from the audience, but them’s the breaks on youtube.

And because I was wrong: Amy Millan, Leslie Feist, and Emily Haines all in one performance. (with bonus air guitar from Feist)
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It seems that Amy Millan (who did not record the original) manages to get closest to the album version’s distortion of Haines’ vocals. Haines, understandably does an amazing version of it herself. I think hers edges out the others, just barely, for its strong clear vocals on what can otherwise be a mumbly song. Elizabeth Powell gets a couple of the lyrics wrong, but really seems to get the daydreaming nature of the song. Plus it’s fun to watch her get more confident and have more fun with the song as it goes on. Lisa Lobsinger’s version of the song is interestingly vulnerable at times, but I’m not a fan of the almost clipped crisp enunciation she uses for the “park that car” chant at the end. The song loses some of its dreamlike quality as a result. It may be better singing from a technical standpoint, but it doesn’t suit the song as well. She gets my sympathy though, as some of the commenters on for the clip complain that she isn’t as pretty or as good a singer as Emily Haines. Commenters, come on, the real answer is that all five of these women kick ass.

It’s been a while, and I’m going to start things off slow, though there are several things I hope to get to.

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Starting off slow means this video, which is of Lissie recording Little Lovin. The song pulls off the neat trick of sounding like something I’ve heard before, even on the first listen. I’m still not sure it isn’t a cover, but my cursory search revealed nothing. Cover or not, it’s good.

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I’ll never be on KEXP, so who am I to talk, but “Mind Idea” has to be about the dumbest song title/opening lyric I’ve ever heard in the entirety of my life. I mean, I’ve listened to, and liked, some crap over the years. But I was unable to keep from laughing when The Current Song of the Day served up this track. He’s a little more mellow in the youtube video. If you hear the studio version it sounds like he’s thinking “I am the Sartre of indie rock” as he belts out “Mind IDEA!” The rest of his stuff stuff seems, you know, okay. But that opening lyric is like starting a first date by opening the door and earnestly telling a girl: “I’m a very deep guy. I don’t mean that ironically. I’m just really like, deep and existential n’shit.” Once you’ve gone there, it’s just not going to happen.

When I hear the studio version of this I hear echos of Bowie, when Pitchfork listens, they hear Motown.

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I can’t say that I’m with them on that.

It Reminds Me

July 8th, 2009

This video reminds me not so much of my teenage years, but what I thought would make me awesome back then, if only I could do it.

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I find myself wondering what a Dinosaur Jr. show looks like now, is there anyone under 25 there? Or is the early 90s a resurgent retro meme at this point? Didn’t we have to wait a few more years?

AIH Video

July 2nd, 2009

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Aside from liking the graphics in this video, I’m a sucker for that old Super Nintendo era side scroller look, I’m testing out my ability to post. I’ve been getting connection loses for posts over 359 words, now I’m checking to see if under fifty will cause a problem.

Edit: It’s always the littlest spelling errors that make you look the dumbest.

For a day now I’ve been singing bits of this song everywhere I go.

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I’m not even sure I like it. There isn’t much of a payoff for me. I’ve always had a weird feeling with Animal Collective. I like bits of their songs, but sometimes they drag a little too much for me. Also sometimes they carry nonsense lyrics to a point I had not even considered possible. I can’t decide if I like that or not either. This song actually makes sense all the way through, but when he sings “I just want: four walls and adobe slabs, for my girls,” I crack up.

Edit: Also, I cannot help thinking of H.P. Lovecraft while watching this video.

Delightfully Campy

June 9th, 2009

A while back this song came up on The Current and I couldn’t help nodding along. I’m a sucker for a certain kind of guitar lick, it’s true.

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The future, now with violent centaurs.

Expectations Set Too High

March 6th, 2009

I should have known that I had set the expectations too high for Middle Cyclone, the new album by Neko Case. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s very good. It’s just not as good as Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. That’s okay though, as Fox Confessor was one of my favorite albums in I don’t know how long. I lost count long ago how many times I’ve listened to it. It was the only CD in my car for months. So, in light of that, Middle Cyclone is doing very well indeed simply by not frustrating me. Still, I did have this foolish hope that she would rise to the level of ‘almost perfect album’ again. Alas, it was not to be, and very good was all I got. I feel spoiled.

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January 5th, 2009

I just found out that the song that Apple used for iPhone 3G ads was an instrumental version of “You, Me, and The Bourgeoisie.” The lyric “love can free us from the deepest debt” in the version with vocals is especially choice to me, given what phones with data plans cost on a monthly basis.

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This is, of course, old news.

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