sand is overrated

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

you should come write all over me and we'll give 'em something to read

the latest obsession is xoxo, panda and the new kid revival, the latest release from marc bianchi, aka her space holiday. i hadn't listened to hsh prior to the new album, but after going back in the catalog, it seems that xoxo is quite the stylistic departure from his previous work. it's a transition that is a result, if one is to believe the story so wistfully told on the official website, of a friend convincing bianchi to expand his creative horizons, to step outside his comfort zone, to make a revival out of something new:

"you know," she said, "the thing with you is that you somehow managed to take a tiny percent of yourself--the smallest fraction--and turn it into your only equation. in this life, there are so many sides to everything. and that includes you. you have so many things waiting to come out...and yet you insist on building from only one part of yourself. you wouldn't point to your pinky and say this is my entire body. just like you wouldn't look at one branch and declare that this is a tree. but if you add all of the little puzzle pieces together, it makes up one entire picture. but right now, how you live, and how you create, you are just a little torn corner of a photograph. and i know deep inside you, even more so than me, you are dying to see what's in the rest of the frame."

and so, gone are the electronic beats and computer wizardry, replaced by guitars, keyboards, and good old fashioned handclaps. thankfully, bianchi's remarkable ear for melody remains, as are lyrics that are also remarkable in their ability to stir up a depth of emotion out of rather simplistic terms. it's unmistakably light and undeniably catchy--a pure pop record, meaning it will remain to be seen how enduring an impact it has in the long term. but sometimes music is just about heart, and you have to go simply with what sounds good in the moment. and in this moment, xoxo sounds really, really good. so if you tell me that i'm doing it wrong, i'm gonna turn up the sound of these songs.

her space holiday : "the new kid revival"

her space holiday : "sleepy tigers"

from the lp xoxo, panda and the new kid revival (mush records, 2008) emusic

Friday, November 14, 2008

you said everything changed, you felt as if you'd just woke up

had another post scheduled for today, but this makes more sense right now. because after an unbelievable yesterday/last night/this morning, it feels like maybe something has changed...? i hope? that's all. come back tomorrow for her space holiday.

bright eyes : "first day of my life"
from the lp i'm wide awake, it's morning (saddle creek, 2005)
this is the first day of my life
i swear i was born right in the doorway
i went out in the rain, suddenly everything changed there,
spreading blankets on the beach

yours was the first face that i saw
think i was blind before i met you
i don't know where i am, i don't know where i've been
but i know where i want to go

and so i thought i'd let you know
yeah these things take forever, i especially am slow
but i realized that i need you
and i wondered if i could come home

remember the time you drove all night
just to meet me in the morning
and i thought it was strange, you said everything changed
you felt as if you'd just woke up

and you said,
"this is the first day of my life.
i'm glad i didn't die before i met you.
but now i don't care, i could go anywhere with you
and i'd probably be happy."

so if you want to be with me
with these things there's no telling,
we just have to wait and see
but i'd rather be working for a paycheck
than waiting to win the lottery

besides, maybe this time it's different
i mean, i really think you like me...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

more beauty

sunday was a very beautiful day. somehow, i seemed to encounter beauty with nearly every step of the day. i woke up to this dancing light show on my bathroom door and was transfixed. an hour later, i downloaded "how it ends" by devotchka after hearing it for the first time. somehow, they go very well together. then there was the sight of sand floating over the beach. maybe this beauty is always there, just not always looking for us. or maybe we need to open our eyes a little wider. whatever it is, i'm still feeling pretty good...

devotchka : "how it ends"
from the lp how it ends (cicero recordings, 2004) emusic

Monday, November 10, 2008

sand is overrated?

november 9, 2008. inspiration point, corona del mar, ca.

sometimes, with a lot of wind, sand isn't so overrated. as it dances, floating gently over the shore, it's actually quite beautiful.

let me just say / you get what you take from it / so be amazed / all this beauty

the weepies : "all this beauty"
from the lp hideaway (nettwerk records, 2008) emusic

Sunday, November 09, 2008

a song to stab your ears to

back in 2005, i remember reading a review of bright eyes' i'm wide awake, it's morning, in which the reviewer contended that "lua" was a song so beautiful that you'd want to stab your ears so that they'd never again have to hear anything of lesser beauty. it truly is a beautiful song, but my reaction to it never quite reached that level of profundity.

enter 2008 and a song called "breezy", the last song on a tour-only ep that conor oberst has been hawking at his solo shows. it's a song he wrote about a woman named sabrina duim, aka "breezy", a harpist who recorded and toured with bright eyes during the digital ash in a digital urn tour. on january 13, 2007, at the age of 22, sabrina passed away, apparently of complications from some medications she was taking. upon hearing the song for the first time, i was immediately struck by how hauntingly beautiful it is, and set off to find out more about who it was about. turns out that sabrina was an incredibly amazing woman--brilliantly smart, momentously talented, radiantly beautiful, and extraordinarily warm. just reading about her personality and accomplishments prompts a sharp feeling of loss--i can only imagine the magnitude of that feeling for those who actually knew her. but "breezy" is a song that provides a good approximation. there is a pain in conor's voice that may seem to be too often present when he sings, but in this song and in these circumstances there is no doubting the legitimacy of the quivers of his voice, made all the more haunting by the accompanying reverb. the song is beautiful in any context, but the backstory and the singularity of the subject give it such an added poignancy and sadness--it is absolutely devastating, and definitely a song i would consider stabbing my ears for.

conor oberst : "breezy"
from the ep gentleman's pact (self-released, 2008)

"she was, as a person, perhaps difficult to know, or difficult to understand perfectly, but to try was, for those close to her, to find a great deal of happiness." -- a close friend

a tragic loss of life

all songs posted are for evaluation only. if you hear something you like and would like to hear more, please go ahead and support the artists by buying their music--i will always include links for you to do so. copyright holders: if anything on my site needs to be taken down, please email me and it will be removed immediately.

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