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I’ll admit it, I had never heard of The Honey Brothers until recently. A friend turned me on to this track, “Little Boy,” and I’m crazy about it. The song has a precious feel to it, and the inclusion of a flute solo makes me think it would fit really well in The Royal Tennenbaums II or pretty much any Wes Anderson movie for that matter. But the creepy lyrics and deep vocal delivery (think David Berman of the Silver Jews) offset to the almost too-cute feel of the song.
Though I enjoy what I hear by her, I’ve never really followed Aimee Mann that closely. I had a friend that I worked with back in New York who was very much into her, and introduced me to Jim White through the incredible collaboration they did for his 2004 album, Drill A Hole In That Substrate And Tell Me What You See. Its funny how songs become so tied to the time in which you hear them. And I don’t even mean the association that we make with event and place when hearing certain music, but even literally: there is a lot of music that I left behind by moving cross-country.
01 Sam Cooke – Cupid
02 Secondi (Intro)
03 The Shins – Kissing The Lipless
04 Minus Story – Gravity Pulls
05 The Constantines – On To You
06 Syl Johnson – Anyway The Wind Blows
07 Archers Of Loaf – Web In Front
08 The Walkmen – The North Pole
09 I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Your Worst Is Your Best
10 Al Green – What A Wonderful Thing Love Is
11 Voxtrot – The Start Of Something
12 Versus – Blade Of Grass
13 Grandaddy – A.M. 180
14 Ann Peebles – Trouble, Heartaches + Sadness
15 Wolf Parade – This Heart’s On Fire
16 Palaxy Tracks – Speech With Animals
17 Silversun Pickups – Creation Lake
18 William Bell – I Forgot To Be Your Lover
19 Chisel – Your Star Is Killing Me
20 The New Year – Plan B
21 Syl Johnson – Wind, Blow Her Back My Way
22 Modest Mouse – Edit The Sad Parts
23 Built To Spill – The Weather
Since no other recordings have surfaced as of yet, I cleaned out the pauses from the other 4 tracks from the Wiltern show, and thought I’d post them. Its a public service sort of thing. “We’ve Got Everything” starts off a bit harsh, but gets good in the middle, so give it a chance. I already mentioned it, but “People We Wanted To Know” or whatever its called just screams Smiths to me. “Dashboard” is an upbeat “Dance Hall” sort of track, that sounds good, but I expect will come out better in recorded form. “Invisible In Your Car” is a throwback to earlier aggressive “Doin’ The Cockroach”-style Modest Mouse.
I know, I know… its been a while. On Sunday Freed & I saw Isaac & Johnny play at the Avalon. I know L.A. crowds are known for being lame and disenthused, but Sunday’s crowd was especially pathetic. And by pathetic, I mean worse than any other crowd I have seen since I moved here, including the previous title holders at the Knitting Factory. The floor was packed but nobody was moving. And by not moving, I’m not making some uberhipster complaint that there was not enough awkward indie-nerd dancing. I mean, nobody was moving. Not even bobbing their heads.