Edge of the City

•August 16, 2008 • Leave a Comment

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The National, “Slow Show”

•March 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Possibly the best song from Boxer although that’s an extremely hard call. Just watch . . .

Sufjan Stevens, “Majesty Snowbird”

•February 21, 2008 • Leave a Comment

By now everyone has watched at least one live video of “Majesty Snowbird” on YouTube and suffered through sound quality which ranges from insufferably grating to entirely acceptable if it weren’t for the unfortunate person coughing several rows in front of or behind whoever was taping it.

We’ve all been impressed by the melody and are still wowed when the song explodes with the expected entrance of strings – and maybe a few of us have even made it through the whole damn movement in one uninterupted listen. If we want to complain we criticize Steven’s falsetto which quite possibly goes higher on this track than any male voice should go, and dispose of the undecipherable lyrics. (By which I mean that Sufjan is singing far too high for any of us to understand him.)

But you know this.

Ane Brun, “Rubber & Soul”

•February 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

I didn’t imagine she’d look like a total indie hipster . . . a total Swedish indie hipster. 🙂

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova “When Your Minds Made Up”

•February 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It was a little surprising that, after having this song on repeat for days on end, I still almost cried half of the way through. In the movie, the bass and drums kick in after the first verse and make the song (which is the best in Once which is saying something), but this acoustic version with only Glen and Marketa may be, in fact, more passionate.

The Innocence Mission, “Brotherhood of Man”

•February 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

If you know The Innocence Mission’s story then you know that much of their music has been heavily influenced by the death of songwriter and vocalist Karen Peris’ parents (on separate occasions – the bands other current members are husband Don Peris and bass player Mike Bitts.) But, like Over the Rhine, The Innocence Mission is a thoroughly two person affair. Husband and wife, the songs are guided by Karen’s enchanting vocals and Don’s guitar style (Karen also plays), and a sense of grand but simple storytelling. I prefer this live recording over the cut that made the album (I’m assuming they’re not the same – although I may be an idiot here) for the emotion that seeing them perform gives you.

From their latest We Walked in Song. Available through Badman Records.

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  • Jens Lekman, “Sipping On Sweet Nectar”

    •February 4, 2008 • Leave a Comment

    Opening with the offbeat twinkling of horns and samples, it took me a few seconds into “Sipping on Sweet Nectar” before I realized that I was watching a music video and not a short film that just happens to have music.

    Which is not to say the visuals have anything in particular, beyond impressionism, to do with the song.

    “Last night I ran into my old life/Still waiting for someone at the station/Someone who never made it into my new life/So I called up Lisa/Cause she’s my only friend . . .”