Speaking of playing well in public, I suppose we overestimated how many people would come out to just hang and listen to us play records on a Sunday night -- thanks to those who did stop by, it was lovely to see you! I suppose all residencies weren't built in a day, but then again, maybe we shouldn't have gone up against the Second Sunday Sock Hop and The Clientele show in an already sluggy summer... This will probably go down in our collective mythology as "the longest two hours of our lives." The wonky mixer didn't help, either. Still, the setlist for interested parties:
Burt Bacharach - Mexican Divorce // Françoise Hardy - Je changerais d'avis // Dominique A = Le twenty-two bar // The Veils - The Tide That Left // Lush - de-Luxe // Heavenly - Space Manatee // Jesus and Mary Chain - Taste of Cindy // Lavender Diamond - Song of Impossible Occurences // Frenté - Bizarre Love Triangle // Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - (I'll Love You) Till the End of the World // Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - From Her to Eternity // Dif Juz - Two Fine Days and a Thunderstorm // The Waterboys - The Pan Within // Piano Magic - Disaffected // Midnight Movies - Strange Design // The Kills - Run Home Slow // Velvet Underground - Waiting for the Man // Okkervil River - All the Latest Toughs // France Gall - Laissez-tombez les filles // Nous Non Plus - Lawnmower Boy // Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums // Big Star - September Gurls // The Dears - Death of All the Romance // Lush - Ciao! // Rilo Kiley - Execution of All Things // Roxy Music - Over You // Kate Bush - Hounds of Love // Cocteau Twins - Donimo // Final Fantasy - This Is the Dream of Win and Regine // Jody Grind - Wishing and Hoping // Patsy Cline - San Antonio Rose // Rachel Sweet - Shadows of the Night
That being said, we will be back with a vengance at the Chain Drive Wednesday with Dirty Hearts, Girl in a Coma, and Sheboygan (free! fun! your girl djs in a cage!). And I made a new flyer, because we love our spokesmodels!
model: andrew // photo: aubrey edwards // location: emo's
And look, here, see -- this makes that little still-rent corner of my heart ache. Ache, I tell you. The Walkmen doing Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross," from their cover album of Nilsson's Pussy Cats (how meta is that, a cover of a cover?), which can be found at Stereogum or Culture Bully. Mr. Leithauser's reg'lar voice generally approximates Harry's shattered one. Interesting.
Harry Nilsson -- Many Rivers to Cross
Jimmy Cliff -- Many Rivers to Cross
Speaking of covers and what not... Want some flashy UK-derived b-sides? Here's a deliriously gleeful ode to summer from popsters The Feeling that, though not a cover, is just dripping with XTC-ness and ELO-ness. Also, here's a more than competent and relatively faithful cover of The Cure's "Catch" from Boy Kill Boy.
The Feeling -- Sun Is Shining
Boy Kill Boy -- Catch
Speaking of the NME set, don't tell, but I'm quite taken with The Needles, who have a bit of an Elvis Costello-ish pop sensibility mixed in with the usual sort of UK buzz band post-punk angularity. Their second single, "Summer Girls" (which I actually find to be a bit weak) is out today in the UK.
The Needles -- Dianne
All for now, must dash. Hope you had a good weekend!
ps -- Just where have you been all my life? Seriously. Let's run away and um, raise a bunch of snuggly kitties.