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Fiona Apple, Why Try To Change Me Now?

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

Cy Coleman originally wrote this song for Frank Sinatra, and I guess this version from Fiona Apple has been floating around lately, from a concert in January.  As per usual of Ms. Apple, her version of this song (listen to the original here) is extraordinarily sad….and so, predictably, I freaking love it.

Here are the lyrics:

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Song I’m Obsessed With This Week: Middle Cyclone by Neko Case

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

OK, so yeah, it’s another Neko Case song.  But I’ve been listening to the new album a lot, ok?  I had stated previously that my favorite at that time was Vengeance Is Sleeping.  And though I still really like it, I’m now switching back & forth from “This Tornado Loves You” and “Middle Cyclone”.   I don’t know what it is with me and tornadoes.  Well, sort of.

Um, how amazing is this cover?

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French Connection

Posted by: Stella Glass

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So it should be obvious to all of you that I didn’t really have my head in the game, so to speak, last week at all. Things were busy at work for the first time in a while, and I’ve had a lot going on personal-life wise. The result is that  I have posted video after video and cop out post after cop out post for the last several days.   And this one is no exception!!!

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Let Me Watch

Posted by: Stella Glass
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Years ago when I first got together with my boyfriend he made me a bunch of CDs and loaded them all on to my computer, so I could put them on my ipod and listen to them as I went from miserable temp job to miserable temp job and hopeless interview to hopeless interview.Each CD had a really diverse playlist Gram Parsons, Jon Brion, Run DMC, Kaada, Smokey and Miho and Otis Redding and like that. I didnt have the CDs on in any order and so I just hit random and let my iPod shuffle things up.

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Song I’m Obsessed With This Week: Bloody Motherfucking Asshole, Martha Wainwright

Posted By: Coco Buchanan

This song is great for many reasons, which is funny, because I’m actually not a huge fan of hers normally (I actually think she’d have a better career if she always sang in French).  Though, I do give her mad props for being the highlight of an awfully boring Goldfrapp show I attended at Radio City.  Wainwright has a pretty powerful voice, and the lyrics of this song are particularly well matched with her vocals.  Rumor has it, she wrote this about her dad, Loudon Wainwright.  Ooooh…

I particularly find the following lines very father-daughterish, though it can really be applied to any paternalistic prick in one’s life:

You say my time here has been some sort of joke
That I’ve been messing around
Some sort of incubating period
For when I really come around
I’m cracking up
And you have no idea

And that’s precisely what I most like about this song: the frustration it expresses about living up to and being trapped within androcentric society’s/your family’s expectations.  Just kind of makes you want to scream “You Bloody Motherfucking Asshole!” doesn’t it?

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Song I’m Obsessed With: “Gila” Beach House

Posted by: Stella Glassbeachhouse_devotion

I am posting this on the BOLT! Bus to Boston right now. A very nice coach liner that boasts Wi-Fi.  I pictured myself tapping away on my laptop in the seat as New England whizzed by, but it turns out that while seat-back outlets were in the budget, tray-tables were not, so I’m typing this with my laptop perched precariously on my lap as we rumble and bump our way up the  Henry Hudson Parkway.

I first heard this album in the fall; late in the game with all of the press this band was receiving.  The entire album is fantastic but this song, in particular, I love. Perhaps in part because the chorus of “Giiiiila-ha-ha” evokes a specific memory.  When I was two years old and my mom was pregnant with my sister I was crazy excited for the baby to be born. I was constantly “talking” to her through my mom’s stomach and randomly decided that the baby’s name would be “Goola”.  I have no idea why, but I called her Goola until she was born when my parents gave her a real name.   As soon as I heard this song for the first time, I immediately sang along, swapping “Gila” for “Goola”. Goola, as a name is somewhat unfortunate and sort of conjures the image of a googly-eyed toothless baby gumming a spoonful of cooked carrots, which could be why it never caught on as a nickname.

The other best part of the song is the instrument that plays a series of descending notes right before the chorus begins.

Happy Friday, people.

“Gila” Beach House

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Song I’m Obsessed With This Week: “One More Time” by Joe Jackson

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

I am familiar with Joe Jackson, only because my brother was obsessed with him in high school, and he kind of reminds me of Elvis Costello, at least voice-wise…who my brother was also obsessed with.  

This song, however, came to me about a month or so ago, as part of a gigantic “mix tape” that the Werewolf of Sex gave me.  Let’s just say, he has a more “mature” taste in music than I do, and though I may be afraid to be “smooth” (i.e. listen to Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, and other types of so-called yacht rock aka San Diego mall music!) I feel like this is the type of old-timer stuff we cross over on. 

I really like the guitar hook, and the  overall angsty/bitter sentiment coupled with the sense of urgency and emotion that is quintessentially Joe Jackson.  It works as both one of those “fuck you!” type of songs that you can rock out to, but is not so overwhelmingly angry that you can’t play it while working out on the elliptical machine, reading, or riding the subway.   It’s almost like the guitar parts negate it from being too melodramatic or hateful– it’s almost like Jackson is daring this chick to tell him that she’s breaking up with him or whatever, when this song, and implicity he, is obviously pretty awesome.

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