Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Animal Collective, Ben Gibbard, Bradford Cox, Britt Daniel, Deerhunter, Feist, High Places, Joanna Newsom, King Khan, Lookaftering, mp3, Pitchfork, Prospect Hummer, snow, Vashti Bunyan
I tried on Deerhunter for size because I have tickets to see them with Spoon and Strange Boys in March, and they fit. This trying-on also caused me to intensely long for the ability to take Bradford Cox into my arms and carry him everywhere. Here’s why I fell in love with Deerhunter: Alex showed me this video on Pitchfork, which follows Bradford Cox around 2008’s Pitchfork Festival. Guest stars include King Khan, High Places, Britt Daniel, and the late Jay Reatard. It’s seriously the most hilarious and uplifting video I’ve seen since Will Ferrell’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. I know that you want me to be joking, but I’m seriously not. If there is one useful fact to know about me, it is that I actually adore that film.
Anyway, here’s my favourite track by Deerhunter, “Agoraphobia”. It’s actually one of the few songs penned by Lockett Pundt and not by Bradford Cox, and it therefore retains a far different, more mellow, more spaced-out feel, but it’s a great introduction to Deerhunter for those who have only heard stray tracks. To give you a more typical Deerhunter sound, I’m also going to throw in the album’s title track, “Microcastle”, because it completely changes by the end and really, how can you not love the transition in the middle?
I just managed to cover my glasses with accidental glitter for two reasons. One, I am wearing one sparkly-ass skirt and two, I just returned from a Valentine-making sesh. Here is the front of one of the few sweet-ass valentines I made. Um, plus my face? You might have noticed, too, that over the past four or whatever years that I’ve been maintaining INDIEchouette, I’ve omitted my face. You can click links to get to my Facebook, MySpace, whatever <<< that way somewhere, but I’ve kept my face out of it. I recently realized, however, that this keeping-my-face-out-of-things has rendered certain years of my life more graceful but completely undocumented in photographs. Upon sifting through my Photobucket for photos of my olde “emo” self (harhar), I realized that I couldn’t really find many. This might be for the better, but I remembered that when I took the ones that I did find, I felt extremely ugly in one hundred percent of them. Looking four, five, six years into the past, I realize that youth is fleeting. I thought I looked ugly then, but I’ve got to give myself some credit. I looked young, and even though I didn’t look the way I wanted to, I still wasn’t unattractive. Just uncomfortable. Now, however…
I suspect that the cycle will continue so that by the time I have gained a mere thirty years of age, I will simply begin to wear a bag over my head. And maybe I’m wrong.
Speaking of thirty years, let’s talk about the thirty-some-year hiatus Vashti Bunyan took from the music industry! I am late to catch on to things, but when I found out that Feist and Ben Gibbard’s “Train Song” was a Vashti cover from long, long ago, I was kind of impressed and excited, because I love to hear covers. I immersed myself in Vashti Bunyan and in the work she did with Animal Collective, and from three of her most renowned works, I surfaced with three favourites.
First of all, you have to love “Train Song” from Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind. Lyrically, there is this sense of anxiousness for the singer to finally see her lover (if this person would still accept the title of lover) after an incredibly long time, and you can’t help but grasp some of that anxiousness too. But if you didn’t listen to the lyrics, it would be a chill and slightly melancholy piece. Feist’s proud voice and Ben Gibbard’s lullaby croon make the cover a real keepsake. Vashti’s got a voice like cotton candy clouds, which washes over the song with an air of effortlessness.
From her work with Animal Collective, I prefer “Prospect Hummer”, the title song from the Prospect Hummer EP. According to ReynoldsRetro, Vashti says of her work on the EP, “My daughter says she can hear me smiling on the title track […] and I was. I loved having the freedom to sing as I wanted. I was still finding my voice after burying it for years.” That’s why I love this song.
And of course, on 2005’s Lookaftering, the track that stands out most is “If I Were”, featuring the harp stylings of sweet, sweet Joanna Newsom.
But I haven’t even told you that I’ve developed a huge crush on Joanna Newsom’s Appalachian voice! Agh. Right now, my favourite is “Bridges and Balloons”. It makes me feel cool and floaty, possibly because somewhere in all that seriousness is a bit of whimsical crazy. In case you’ve been living under a rock, she has a new album due out on the twenty-third of this month, entitled Have One On Me, which sounds strangely drinky and down-to-earth for the country fairy tale girl who wrote Ys.
Some day, I will take music reviews more seriously, but for now, I will just write from the heart. I like these songs. They make me happy. That’s all you need to know.
Also, if you get bored, you might as well hit me up with questions on formspring.me/almostness, where I am trying to figure out whether or not life has meaning. I am kind of kidding, but I know that truth box-esque formats like this can tend to lead to many interesting escapades. If you have a formspring ID, tell me so that I can pose you some questions. Since I now have a Twitter, a Tumblr, and a Formspring.me, I’m starting to think that I’m almost too tech-savvy. Something is bound to go wrong!
It will snow this weekend in Richmond after last weekend’s humongous catastrophe of a blizzard, and I will not be prepared.
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