I’ve kind of been internalizing alot recently, which means all my friends think I’m a dick, when really all I want to do is listen to music by myself. Yeah, you know the word. There are a few songs that are particularly sticking out right now, all of which are relatively new to me. Ahhh who am I kidding, I’m bored at work and needed a reason to post. YES I’M CRANKY SOBER!

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This song reminds me of everything I wanted to listen to back in the mid-90s. It just sounds…old. Maybe it’s the quality of the MP3 or something, but it’s a total trip in the way-back machine. Plus–“Here Comes the Night?” Totally anthem. And totally dark. But it’s the 4:20 (hee hee) mark that really kicks the song into another gear…the bass tumbles into the riff it has been teasing for the whole song and everything just goes to another level. SHUTUP! I’m listening to this song!

Lyrics–I know what Dan Bejar is saying but I have no idea what he is saying.

All the skies opened up and now they’re mentioning your name
In connection with a drowning when you’re just saying: “Ah, let it come down!”

So you stole that Schwinn to ride into the Winner’s Circle of the Sun
Now Mile-End is claiming:”You’re one of those!
Take off those clothes! You’re one of them!”
But you won’t!

I couldn’t turn around, I couldn’t wrap my head around it
Best to forget that things change. Hanging outside in the rain is OK.
I walked into the festival. Did these cacophonies please you?
(They please me too)
Back when we still had our sight
But don’t look now, people… Here comes the night! Here comes the night!

I heard those traps you’ve been living off of and on have come undone
I heard you only poach to save your children. Well save it…
‘Cause a real thief! thief! thief! thief! thief! thief! thieves!

I couldn’t turn around, or phrase it as a question
‘Cause when it comes to that prize a temple your size was too big
I walked into Festival (I know you know The Festival)
of Symphonies pleased you…(They pleased me too)
Back when we still had our sight
But don’t look now, Angel…
Here comes the night! Here comes the night!

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Talk about stumbling onto a gem. Heard this on WOXY and it was lust at first sound. Initially (after the somewhat curiously placed drum intro) it sounds like a shnazzed up version of Broken Social Scene’s “Swimmers” because they both use the same rhythm, but it quickly turns into a countryside stroll. Soon to appear on every single mix tape I make in the near future. SHUTUP! I’m listening to this song!

Lyrics–By ear, so they’re probably VERY wrong

Don’t carry on
Don’t count me out
We’re buried beneath the winter frames
And then all gone

Then it rained for an hour
Caused the shift in power
The next one sticks and stones
and then all gone

Nobody knows who you are
And I want to see it again

If you always get up late
You’re never gonna be on time
If you always get up late
You’re never gonna be on time
(ok – that’s “Swimmers” but still, it’d make a great mash-up)

Akron/Family – Gone Beyond
akron1marq.jpgAnother tune I can’t get enough of at the moment is the leaked song from Akron/Family’s upcoming album, Meek Warrior. It’s pretty much everything I hoped it would be–just a taste of what’s coming up. A simple campfire song that shows off the band’s ability to throw layer upon layer a groove, culminating in their trademark four-person harmonies. I’m still unconvinced that all these guys can sing, when put together it’s unlike anything else I’ve heard. Dammit! SHUTUP I SAID! I’m listening to this song!

Lyrics–again from ear but you’d have to be really tripping your balls off to not know them

Gone, gone, gone beyond
Gone completely beyond.

And so am I.



So my brothers, I saw Akron/Family last night…

What? Oh shit, really? I saw Akron/Family two weeks ago? Damn. I need to get off the ‘nip SOON.

Anyway, Akron/Family aren’t as much a band as they are a troupe. Either that, or gypsies who only want to steal all the evil out of the world and shoot it into outer space using the powers of rainbows and happy plants. Seriously bro, I’m way out there, right? But these guys went way out there, kept on going, went into that dark forest that we’re not supposed to go to, came back with buckets of smiley faces, and went back for more.

They live in Brooklyn (that’s this place in New York) when they aren’t touring 364 days a year. They played 12 Galaxies (right around the corner from my house – score!), which is some place that you would expect to see Mexican tranvestite strippers or a cockfight or something. They weren’t even headlining; that slot went to locals Gris Gris. What did that mean? That meant there would be no 3-hour hippy chanting or psychedelic noise-making. Sorry if I’m not making much sense… I’m so ripped right now as I write this. My buddy just got me some diggity catnip from the Northwest. Fucking booyah, bro!

Anyway, they went on at like 11:00pm or something, and I was pretty much feelin’ it, right? And they start off with some pretty mellow jam before exploding into “Moment.” WHOOOOOOOOOO-AH. That song is trippy enough a la carte but live? I went to Hell and back and then to Heaven or Babylon or something. It’s like their definitive song, man. Just totally all over the place, something you expect to hear around a campfire rather than a former tranny strip place.

Right when you are about to just fucking lose it and go into that bad place, it kicks right in with this a big jam-like ray gun thing, creeps up and then pow! And it just flips into the sweetest bluegrass-flavored lick, and that’s it… man… that is it. You are done. Euphoric.

It just went from there, dude. Solid, solid, and solid.

Sorry the pictures are kind of lame, but I was pretty much just having a hard time standing up. Plus, I’m a fucking cat, cut me some slack.