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Sunday, July 09, 2006

More stoof...

Shack, Cup of Tea
In an earlier post, I linked to a video of the Pale Fountain's "Jean's Not Happening," while moaning the lack of Shack on YouTube. Well, two months later and finally Shack is represented on the 'Tube. Here is "Cup of Tea," a song from their new CD, The Corner of Miles and Gils. Of course, there hasn't been a US release yet for TCoMaG, and since their last CD, Here's Tom with the Weather, was never released Stateside, I'm not holding my breath. Instead, I'm patientally waiting for our post-nuptial trip to Londontown.

Kids in the Kitchen, "Current Stand"
Not to be confused with Kids in the Hall or Kitchens of Distinction, Kids in the Kitchen hailed from Australia and made music in the Johnny Hates Jazz and Cutting Crew vein. I love my sophisti-pop! Anyway, this is one super-duper obscurity.

Cat video
I don't know what makes this 33-second cat video so appealing, but 84,000+ views show that I'm not alone. Awwww...

Adventures, "Broken Land"

Oh. My. God.
Still another "I found them first on Night Flight" band, The Adventures were previously mentioned on my still-to-be-completed best of the 80s list at #45 with this great song about the Troubles in N. Ireland. Here's the video, recently added to the 'Tube.

This is freaky...
Like I just said, "Broken Land" placed at #45 on my list, tied with Figures on a Beach's "Delerium." Well, the same user who uploaded "Broken Land" also uploaded my runner-up choice for FoaB, "No Stars." Kick ***...

Figures on a Beach, "No Stars"

Here's Paste Magazine's list of the 100 Best Living Songwriters:

Like so many of these lists, this one seems to invite the "OH MY GOD HOW COULD YOU LEAVE OFF [insert name of your favorite songwriter here]!!!1111!!!!" response, but really, WTF is this?
I'm glad to see Jay Farrar on there, but he's too freaking low.
No Paul Weller. (How could you omit the father of Britpop? While we're at it, where is Damon Albarn?)
No Billy Bragg. (I'm not as big of a Bragg fan as I was five years ago, but his body of work should have got him on here.)
No Neil Finn. (No, this is not the rant of a fangirl. No one writes better love songs than Neil.)
No Lloyd Cole. (Okay, possibly a fangirl rant, but jeez, his lyrics on the Rattlesnakes LP alone should have merited a spot on the list.)

Still a couple of inclusions make this list even worth debating:
Ron Sexsmith at 75! Woot!
Josh Ritter at 97 (Give him a few years and he'll be even higher.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm afraid to say this, but the sleepy cat video is my fave clip out of this bunch. ;)

Seriously, I suppose the video by Figures on a Beach is the one I'd watch more than once. The singer's haircut is pretty cool.

Kids in the Kitchen?!? WTF? I had to watch that one just make sure you weren't making them up. :D

Yeah, I noticed the Finn's were missing. And, I must say, you seem to be handling it pretty well.

Where's Bobby Orlando and Giorgio Moroder?!? *half-assed outrage* They're mainly producers anyway.

I don't think I have a favourite singer-writer?!? Though, I was happy to see Lucinda Williams and Bruce Cockburn make the list.

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