But whatever, enough about my embarassing Friday night -- I hope you had a better weekend. (Things were actually nice and relaxing actually, once I got all that Cuervo out of my system -- I don't mean to be so melodramatic.)
Could this be the best cover of the past few years? Probably -- and it's now available on the re-release of Giant Drag's Hearts and Unicorns. After finally seeing Giant Drag at SXSW (we'd been a missed connection for years), they've become one of my absolute favorite bands to see live. You really can't beat Ms. Annie Hardy's spaced-out banter, no siree.
Giant Drag -- Wicked Game
And while we're on the subject of bonus tracks... Hosted at Yousendit for the obvious reasons, namely those pesky cease-and-desists from Interscope's corporate office. How the heck did this not make the cut for Show Your Bones? It's fantastic; wish I'd had this to post on as part of Friday's dance selections.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs -- Deja Vu -- NEW LINK HERE. (I'll try and post another if this one expires too.)
Following segment is brought to you by NME's
Am I allowed to say I like The Motorettes better than the Arctic Monkeys? Well, I do -- nice blend of Bloc Party and the Monkeys' bizzaro suburban teenage DIY ethos and something that should have been a hit ca. 1982 or something.
The Motorettes -- You Gotta Look The Parts
The Boyfriends are now on tour with Morrissey in the UK, probably due to sounding just a bit like early Smiths as well as being rough and tumble "sexually ambivalent" lads. There's something really appealing and fresh and new about this song, though -- despite the fact that the band wears their influences pinned to their chests in the form of shiny punk rock badges. Would that the kids could be as enamored with The Boyfriends as they are with She Wants Revenge.
The Boyfriends -- I Love You
What else did I do this weekend? Well, I missed The Black Angels CD release (oops!) and I made an ill-advised trip to the Austin Record Convention (though I did get a great deal on a whole mess of fantastic picture-sleeved 45s, nothing less than 20 years old).
But hey, speaking of The Smiths, I bought a very overpriced (or maybe not, checking around now, I made out okay) copy of the Sandie Shaw "Hand in Glove" 12" single.
Sandie Shaw -- Jeane
And finally, we've loved Brittany Murphy since her adorable turn in Clueless. Is there anything she can't do -- the voice of King of the Hill's Louann Platter, newly glammed-up B-picture starlette (see any number of recent fashion mags: ie. Jane, Lucky), and now clubland diva? Oh yes! Sing it, girl.
Paul Oakenfold feat. Brittany Murphy -- Faster Kill Pussycat