The Rich Girls Are Weeping

17 May 2006

I'm back! I'm back! So sing to raise the blind up... Yes, 1200-ish miles, two dance recitals, a graduation, a Mother's Day luncheon, and one new phone later, I have returned from the wilds of Far West Texas. I had a really wonderful time in El Paso -- here's a big shout-out to my mom for finishing her bachelor's degree and a huge congrats on being accepted to the writing and rhetoric Ph.D program! My sister's dance recitals were grand -- the theme was, ironically enough, "New York, New York," which made me a little sentimental, naturally. It was really nice to see my family and friends and hold new babies and generally enjoy the lovely non-humid sunny weather. (And oh yeah, I've lost everyone's phone number, so I'm gonna have gobs of fun updating my phone book...)

I love the I-10 drive, especially as, being a huge, huge nerd for The Mountain Goats, I get to play the All Hail West Texas game. What's that you ask? Well, when you're heading west, when you see the sign for Toyahvale, start playing All Hail West Texas (alternatively, if you're going east, start playing the album around the time you start seeing signs for Toyah -- not Toyahvale). If you're obeying the speed limit (within about 5 mph or so...), by the time "Jeff Davis County Blues" comes on, you will be in Jeff Davis County, home of the evil I-10/I-20 split, and currently the site of some gnarly construction that made that whole stretch of the drive even more scary than usual. (I've nearly been flattened by semis flying off that interchange more times than I care to admit...) And, oh bother -- I don't have the song with me to post and I took all my CDs out of the car -- typical me after a road trip, I'm a little fried today.

So, you know how it is in the world of music bloggers -- here's my big question: Have I missed the latest next big thing? I'd hate to be behind after a few days of being away. (Please read this with a big dose of sarcasm, which never comes through via text...!)

In other news, I was one of the contributors to the Visceral Song Moments feature over at goodhodgkins.com -- I'm sure my selections won't surprise regular readers in the slightest! Additionally, I Guess I'm Floating listed this blog in their feature on blogs with named for songs or albums. So, here's a big howdy to new visitors following those links!

Some items that have been in heavy rotation lately...

Sambassadeur -- Think Nothing Of It
We've posted about Sambassadeur before; their new EP, Costal Affairs, cements their position as one of the best "shoejangle" bands (a term coined by Ryan at goodhodgkins.com) -- I'd apply this moniker to the latest from Phoenix and Voxtrot as well. Sambassadeur sounds as if they've totally eaten New Order for breakfast and The Bats for lunch (esp. with the appearance of the cover of "Claudine") on the entire EP; I really like that. (More Costal Affairs tracks are at GoodHodgkins, Indie Don't Dance, and Plague of Angels.)

The Pipettes -- ABC

We've also posted about The Pipettes before; and despite my angst over hyping a pre-fab indie band constructed to be a postmodern Ronettes, I just can't stop listening to them -- especially this charming track about trying to get a preoccupied boy's attention. After a string of charming singles and EPs, their debut album, We Are The Pipettes, is due out July 3rd in the UK.

The Long Winters -- Pushover
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Let's just say I'm waiting on tenterhooks for my advance copy of putting the days to bed, which looks as it may never arrive and I may have to wait until the July 25 release date to hear the rest of what promises to be the best Long Winters album yet. We've stuck by Mr. Roderick and the various incarnations of his band through thick and thin over the years, and it's been worth it to see him finally gaining wider notice. (Don't make us remind y'all about how we were there the first time he played "The Commander Thinks Aloud" at that in-store at 33 Degrees @ SXSW 2003 2004 after we demanded he play a new song... Those were the days, kids. Oh yes.)

15 Comments:

Anonymous Ryan Catbirdseat said...

Re: The Commander Thinks Aloud-

It was *2004* at 33 Degrees, not 2003. See, you weren't the only one there.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:42:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Doh! I could explain how that error happened ... but I would just sound defensive! (;

If you ever heard the illicit live recording of the song from that in-store, you can hear me yakking at the beginning and choking up a little in the middle when I realized what the song was about -- as I may or may not have been sitting next to the recording device in question...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 3:45:00 PM  
Anonymous ryan hodgkins said...

I can't listen to The Pipettes. The pre-fabricated thing bothers me, but that in conjunction with how happy they are makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs with Polyphonic Spree and Tilly And The Wall records. I think if I did that it would be a landmark moment for irony and I'm pretty sure it would invalidate existence as we know it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 6:36:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

I can't help it, even though they (the ubiquitous they!) tried to break me of it by introducing me to angular guitars and melodic basslines, I'm a sucker for The Joy -- though I'm quite through with The Polyphonic Spree. And hey, that new Tilly and the Wall record is anything but excessively happy, my friend.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:05:00 PM  
Anonymous ryan hodgkins said...

Oh, I've been put in my place. :(

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:46:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Oh, now! It's not as bad as all that! (:

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger chacal la chaise said...

thanks, for the shout, c. here is a bit of reciprocation for you.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Charles Olney said...

Yes! That's my favorite moment from Westfall, too!

And I still can't get into the Pipettes except for "It Hurts to See You Dance So Well."

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 11:29:00 PM  
Blogger kathryn said...

Hooray for Mom and Sis!

And, hey, I, um, totally was sitting next to you on that recording of TLW during SXSW '04. So, yeah.

For what it's worth, I love the Pipettes and I don't really like Tilly and the Wall. Maybe I'm an outlier.

And! And! I knew it was you writing about "Westfall" before I finished reading that line in the Good Hodgkins "visceral moments" post. You win. Catharsis, ahoy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 11:46:00 PM  
Anonymous ryan catbirdseat said...

I like the Pipettes but hate Tilly and the Wall. A pre-fab indie Ronettes is fine with mw (even though I know for a fact that it totally wouldn't work for me if they weren't British).

As to Tilly, tweemo Saddle-Creek tap dancing music is unacceptable to me under any conditions.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 9:53:00 AM  
Anonymous ryan catbirdseat said...

"mw" = me

Thursday, May 18, 2006 9:54:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

I'm beginning to feel the need to write about my come to Jesus moment with Tilly and the Wall. I really hated them for a long time. I mean REALLY hated them. But then one day, I was listening to them on a whim, and I just kind of got it. Like with a lightbulb and everything.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 1:41:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Kathryn: 1) Is it good or bad that I'm that recognizable? 2) Relatedly, CATHARSIS, WHEE! 3) Also related, the only time I didn't love "Westfall" was at that dreadfull OR/Decemberists show last spring. 4) Oh, and at that in-store, remember how the best part was when Hot Rod totally chimed in with the harmony on "Your Legs Grow" with Matthew Caws from like, somewhere in the crowd? I'll cherish that moment forever, seriously.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 1:45:00 PM  
Anonymous meghan elizabeth said...

Thinking about that in-store makes me realize how old my sneakers are.

Yep.

Friday, May 19, 2006 1:54:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Dang, girl. You totes need some new sneaks. Did you wear them on your trek abroad?

BREAK A LEG TOMORROW, btw!

Friday, May 19, 2006 1:57:00 PM  

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