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While I’m on the topic of throwbacks, I stumbled on to this video of The Van Pelt playing the epic ending to Sultans Of Sentiment live in 1996 and wanted to share it.
The best thing I’ve seen all year. Interviews with Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, Dann Gallucci, Doug Martsch, Calvin Johnson, Phil Ek, Rich Jensen, Chris Takino, Scott Swayze, Elliott Smith, and Pat Graham.
To say that the first two Modest Mouse records changed my life would be an understatement. I’ve poured over those lyrics, sang along (including an impersonation of Isaac’s lisp), confused myself with the time signature of “Dramamine,” and used both albums as a soundtrack to a cross-country driving adventure. I am still enamored with these two albums, and the thesis of Lonesome Crowded West (and similar ideas expressed on This Is a Long Drive For Someone With Nothing to Think About) probably had a greater effect on my thinking than a good deal of my education. Must see (Pitchfork-dot) TV.
I may need to take Monday off.
Hearsay favorite Tashaki Miyaki covered Father John Misty‘s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” (I know, that’s sort of a mouthful). Even without indie-blogger-dweeb (read: me) dreamgirl Aubrey Plaza’s ferocious insanity, the track is fucking choice. Free download from Bandcamp.
The slower, driving pace to the track, along with a beautifully nagging piano harmony is what really kills it for me. I don’t dislike the original – actually it’s pretty solid – but it does have this Pedro the Lion feel to it that holds me back from dropping my head to succumb like the Tashaki Miyaki version.
If last month’s mix showed my inspiration from Wyndham’s funky February mix, then this one is my homage to Freed’s mix last summer. I’m confident that many will make summer mixes, but this one is mine. Others may focus on what’s new, but this focuses on what’s awesome. And that’s what makes it so cool.