Innes later told me this was not what he wrote the song about at all, I misunderstood, but for me it still spells out this moment perfectly, the peak of a magical and unreal phase of my life, a group of adolescents in the countryside, each beginning to face the fact that people aren’t safe after all.

— From the Clientele’s blog, From Brighton Beach to Santa Monica

thin mints!

February 23, 2007

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again.

Girl scout cookies on the snack table at work = girl scout cookies for breakfast.


oh my goodness, no

February 21, 2007

If one is going to wear stirrup pants – and one really shouldn’t, as those should have been laid to rest forever about 1985 or so – one should actually wear the stirrups over one’s foot, I would think, rather than allowing the stirrups to dangle halfway up one’s calves.

This ongoing resurgence in 1980s fashion has finally allowed me to feel like an old lady, complaining about what “the kids” are wearing these days.

song o’ the day

February 21, 2007

the Flaming Lips – “Do You Realize?”

Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face?
Do you realize we’re floating in space?
Do you realize that happiness makes you cry?
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?

I have nothing to say about this song other than YES. Wow.

(Hat tip to Jason, again.)

sleepy girls

February 15, 2007

The other night Tallulah woke up crying. She’d had a bad dream. She told me that in her dream she had brought Matilda to aftercare (afterschool program at her kindergarten) with her, and that they lost her. And then she burst into tears again, still half asleep, and said, “I love Matilda so much!”

Which jerked my heart a bit, because the way those two girls fight, sometimes it’s easy to forget that they are sisters, very close sisters, and that they love each other dearly. They’ve started sleeping in bed together, and it’s beyond adorable to see their two little heads on their pillows so near to each other, their dark hair and milky faces with sleep-ruddy cheeks so similar to each other. Tallulah looks a bit more like Sean, and Matilda looks a bit more like me, but they’re obviously sisters when you look at them.

It’s really heartening to see the love and care they show for each other sometimes.

song o’ the day

February 15, 2007

Tullycraft – “Pink Lemonade (4-track version)”

Well I swear,
You’re so cute, you could be an angel.
You’re as pretty as pink lemonade.
Well I swear.

I received a copy of this compilation in the mail last week, and I don’t recall exactly how come, but I’m glad it showed up in the mailbox. A little searching on the internet tells me it was originally released in 1996, and there are a bunch of lions of indiepop on the thing. About half the songs are great. This is a very rough version of “Pink Lemonade.” I like songs like this, that kind of straddle the line between pop and punk. Sometimes it’s hard to tell where one genre stops and the other begins. (OK, don’t laugh at me for saying that.) Anyway, this is a fast guitar song sort of in the vein of the more upbeat Unrest songs. I could totally see myself jumping up and down to this song at a Tullycraft show…that is, if Tullycraft ever, ever, ever managed to play in Chapel Hill, ahem.

song o’ the day

February 14, 2007

El Perro del Mar – “I Can’t Talk About It”

Baby, there’s been a lot going on.
Baby, there’s been a lot going on.
I can’t really talk about it.
I can’t really talk about it…

Baby, oh baby. Baby, oh baby.
Lately, I’ve made a life of my own.
Lately, I’ve made a life of my own.
I can’t really talk about it.
I can’t really talk about it…

At times it feels like this album is my life right now, and this song especially so. This song oozes hurt and conflict-avoidance. The song should be sweet, hey it’s got handclaps and girl-group backing vocals, but it’s played off somehow in a way that makes it sound tired and sad, and her voice enhances those feelings.

song o’ the day

February 9, 2007

Two songs of the day, one new, one old, both new to me!

Midlake – “Young Bride”

My young bride,
why aren’t you moving at all?
Helps to make the day seem shorter.

I went to see this band play a show in town the other night, at Jason’s urging, and I’m really glad I did. They were very impressive – great songs, great skill, great showmanship. It was a fantastic set. And this was the best song. The chorus just soars is one way to describe it…

the Gerbils – “Crayon Box”

Look what you’ve done. How could you
Go out and watch the show without me?
You know that Portastatic is still my favorite band.

Now I see what I was missing out on in the mid-late 90s, not having any knowledge at all of the Athens, GA music scene. It’s fun playing catch-up, especially for coming across gems like the Gerbils. This is really great fuzzy-guitared, lo-fi, head-bopping pop. Well, and the words in this song crack me up. I’ve felt this way before, but with different band name substituted for Portastatic!

song o’ the day

February 5, 2007

Katie the Pest – “Sober”

You’re unstoppable.
I’m unstoppable.
I’m on top of you now.

Many thanks to the indiepop listserv for bringing this band to my attention this morning, because I LOVE this song. It’s very catchy, and very demo-sounding (I like that towards the beginning you can hear one of the women coughing in the backgroud, after the music has started), and, well, it sounds a lot like a rougher Aislers Set. Which is how they were described when I read about them this morning, and honestly that really is the best description.

They have a myspace page of course:

Julie Meredith

February 5, 2007

Many thanks to Kitty, who linked me to the work of Julie Meredith. I adore this image and want to buy the card but Paypal is not working for me right now.

Actually, I want to buy many of her cards and frame them and decorate my house with them. They are perfect.

I like the cards entitled pogo and teacher as well.