Filed under: Barrels of Fun, Music, Nouvelle Musique | Tags: Art, Blake Sennett, Conor Oberst, Culture, feminism, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, mp3, music, Rilo Kiley, Sarah Maple, School, She & Him, Smokey Robinson, Volume One, Zooey Deschanel
I just zoned out and pictured Ali and Becca with Ed Zych moustaches. Hahah. Wow.
Speaking of Ali, she created a new blog. I am going to advocate her blog for a minute. You might like my blog because I am long-winded and really immature and I mope a lot. You get to watch me grow up. Go back to my first post, and you want to punch me in the face. I like to explain things thoroughly so you completely understand whatever I’m talking about. And I try so hard not to offend. You will like Ali’s blog because she uses colourful pictures to illustrate her points. She writes with an intensity that is unheard of. Somehow, she is able to get her point across with few words. If we both wrote about the same thing, I’m pretty sure that I would take a five-paragraph essay to convey what she can in five sentences. The way she writes conjures up thoughts of vignettes. They are little snippets of her life that require no backstory. Ali’s writing is unique in this way. The way I write is basically a very unpoetic epic poem or a journal. I give you some backstory. You can track my progress. I change.
I will always find you whenever you start a new blog. You can’t hide.
When I put it this way, I wonder why you read my blog at all. It’s probably for the free candy. Free music. Yeah.
Honestly, I don’t know why I’ve let the blog go for this long without some new music. Because I’ve been listening avidly all this time, finding new lovely artists. I’ve been tuning my iTunes to spring.
I feel that I should start slowly though. First, I said back in February or March that I would write about She & Him, and I didn’t lie but I just haven’t done it yet.
Erika is the one who introduced me to She & Him. She told me that she falls asleep to their album, Volume One, every night. It is her teddy bear. I was excited but a little skeptical. It seemed like sacrelige to me to bed down with an album like that, to worship something other than Rilo Kiley. And while they are no Rilo Kiley for me, while Zooey Deschanel is no Jenny Lewis and M. Ward no Conor Oberst/Blake Sennett, they put up a damn good fight.
If you like Jenny Lewis’ solo albums and if you love 50s/60s pop music with a slight bubblegum flavour, then She & Him is for you. I really don’t know how they manage it. It’s a mind-blowing mixture, slightly dangerous, but for what it is, it is perfection. I would even venture to wholeheartedly recommend She & Him to older listeners, people who grew up with that 50s or 60s bubblegum pop. I don’t think anyone out of their mid-twenties even reads this, but next time you and your Aunt Elaine are bonding over music, pop this one in.
As for the album itself, most of the thirteen tracks check in at under three minutes. She & Him don’t go for the epic “Tereza and Thomas”-type shit. That means that every song is bite-sized, kind of like a Sour Patch Watermelon.
I should never write reviews for CDs again. My analogies are cringeworthy.
You Really Got A Hold On Me | She & Him
Did I mention that they do covers that make me want to melt? Also, maybe you can help me. In iTunes and on Last.fm, it’s named “You Really Gotta Hold On Me” but elsewhere, it is named “You Really Got A Hold On Me”. Which is correct?
While I’m on a roll, talking about amazing women, it is mandaroty that I mention Sarah Maple. She is an incredibly accomplished and clever feminist painter and photographer. I don’t want to just paraphrase the Bitch article that introduced her to me on a formal basis (because I had run into her a few times before, but the websites never cited her). She’s just an incredible cultural commentator.
As for real-life occurrences, I go home in three weeks (less than a month) and I am stoked. I will be able to sit outside and read all day while my sisters suffer at school. And for those of you still in high school, yes, that is a pretty mean thing to say, but when you think about it, I suffered too. I went to school for fourteen years before arriving at this position. This is my fifteenth year, and it’s almost done. If you’re in high school, you probably haven’t gone through that much school.
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