I’ve been rediscovering Surfer Blood lately. Because Pandora suggested I do! I loved the “Take it Easy” track when I first heard it a year or two ago, but never bothered doing much tuning in to the band’s other stuff. But now I have. And there you go. And so I give you, “Harmonix” by Surfer Blood, as performed live on KEXP’s stage.
I’m working on some new posts for the Blah Blah Blahg and Audioblogue blogs, inspired by recent visits to the Cleve and other things going on in the world, but in the meantime, why not a tune? Here is Fanfarlo’s cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” which I’d heard the original version of (NMH’s version) maybe two or three years ago when the Other AC told me about it. But either the video quality was bad (it was hard to track down a copy in the first place), or something happened, because I never was able to fully appreciate the lyrics of what might possibly be the most beautiful ode to the saddest thing in the world: fast fleeting love.
It’s Christmas Eve here in O’town (which is localspeak for Orlando) and I’m sitting by the tree tapping away at my laptop while the rest of the household is falling asleep, recovering from yet another one of grandma’s fine holiday dinners. While I’ve been ambiguously wishing everyone “Happy Holidays” all month long, there is no more appropriate time than now (except tomorrow) to say Merry Christmas, dear readers. For the occasion, I was hoping to find and post a video of one of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits where husky-voiced, chain-smoking, misanthropic fashion heiress Donatella Versace (Maya Rudolph) hosts a Christmas Special with hideous guest star Boy George (Elijah Wood). But, like most of the SNL skits I adore (which are far and few between), it is hard to just find a simple clip. The full episode is available on Chinese You Tube. Skip forward to 42:11 to see it.
Or if you’re too lazy to click ahead, you can just watch this, as brought to you by lovably incoherent muppets:
In another fun-filled musical intermission between travel blog posts, we have here a Japanese cover of the old Ventures surf classic, Walk Don’t Run by U900. Both the video and the Japanese gibberish*, it is the perfect transformation into something a kid might really enjoy.
*I know it’s not actually gibberish, so do not beat me with the Political Correctness yardstick. In fact, YouTube commentator ItsSTU kindly provided some translation:
“At the beginning the rabbit says “lets get this over with quick, so we can go eat”. Bear says “yeah”. Rabbit says “Let’s go”. Most of the rest of the lyrics are “isogabamaware” which is almost like the proverb haste makes waste. On the grass they’re talking about relaxing, and going slow. Rushing is bad. After the song the rabbit says “perfect”.
And there you have it. Kimono, Kimoni.
While I crack down on reports of recent travels, a task that always seems to get out of hand when vacations stretch into the three weeks mark, I felt compelled to post something in the interim. And of course, it’s going to be about music.
This is Raphael Saadiq, or as my brother clued me in, one third of Tony! Toni! Toné! from the old days. He reminds me a lot of the late R&B singer, Sam Cooke, which isn’t surprising, since his style is pretty much pure revivalism, except that now he can be more explicit about the sexual content in his lyrics (though not really here). His videos (see Show Me the Way) even carry on in that vein. With a hint of gospel music, it’s a return to rock n’ roll as something that’s simple and fun though absent the fuzziness of the garage subgenre where simple and fun usually dwells (i.e. The Hives, The White Stripes, etc). Something a little more bluesy, a little more easy going. A little chic. And I wonder how much of that revivalism we owe to daring predecessors like Andre 3000 of Outkast who most famously toyed with it in their song (and video) “Hey Ya”. With others having carried the torch lately — Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and experimentalist Janelle Monae comes to mind — it’s already impacted the sound of black pop music, and from what I can tell, the fashion sense of its young fans.
Anyways, enjoy the tune. More from Dweebcentric after these messages.
Working on that second part of Johneroo, but didn’t want to leave readers hanging with too many more lags between posts. In the meantime, here’s a little compensation: a nice remix of Phoenix’s “Lisztomania” (this one being the Classixx Remix).
From the Icelandic band, FM Belfast’s album, “How to Make Friends,” a little pop diddy about dreaming about warmer climates and halcyon days… “Par Avion.” Don’t hold all that volcanic mess against them.