The Rich Girls Are Weeping

06 September 2006

It's been a tough day at TRGAW central. We're kind of stressed out. So we offer the following:

The best blog entry in ages: We love the peeps at WFMU, they keep track of bizzaro music so we don't have to. Case in point, the best collection of rip-off tracks ever. It's a contest, name the rip-offed artist, win prizes! I'm particularly fond of the all the Joy Division/Bauhaus/Siouxie imitators; you think we have it bad now with the retro revival! Just be glad this isn't the 80's my friends, when these kinds of bands sprang up like weeds everywhere -- not unlike today's Radiohead Replicas issue. Anyway, you'll never tell us that Interpol sounds exactly like Joy Division ever again after you hear the fantastically wonderfully derivative Primitive Romance. Seriously. I mean, now, THEY sound exactly like Joy Division.

One of the most beautiful songs I've heard in months:

Marissa Nadler -- Diamond Heart (site)

One of the most wonderfully bizzare songs I've heard in months:

Envelopes -- Put On Hold
(site)

What David Sylvian's been up to (with Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman): Nine Horses. It's dark, and jazzy, and both extremely minimal and strangely lush. But would you expect anything less from the very grown-up former members of Japan? And, not unlike that project's hallmark, Nine Horses seems light years ahead of every current trend, around some curve off in the distant horizon.

Nine Horses -- Wonderful World
Nine Horses -- When Monday Comes Around
Japan -- Night Porter


And, well, because you never thought this would exist: Shake and/or bounce yr. bootay to the remixed strains of The Boy Least Likely To (!?!?!?).

The Boy Least Likely To -- Monsters (Armand Van Helden Dub Mix)

22 Comments:

Anonymous Catbird said...

That Envelopes song may indeed be one of the most bizarre songs you've heard, but still, the A side of that single ("Free Jazz") kicks its ass.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 6:48:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

I totally agree! Freejazz is totally great. (:

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

envelopes schmenvelopes. armand van hard-on is back?! good lord. maybe i won't get rid of that copy of "flowerz," since it's damned fine disco.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 7:23:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

i knew YOU of all people would appreciate the utter ridonkulousness of that rmx! what rock's he been under?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006 7:32:00 PM  
Blogger J Frank Parnell said...

thanks for shouting out to the nine horses - it's one of my surprise faves of the year. I think I have another track from the album up somewhere on me bloggy, too.

But what I really want to say is that the guesses are pouring in on the fmu site, and the best guesser has entered the following:

1 Ween
2 Ween
3 Ween
4 Ween
5 Ween
6 Ween
7 Ween
8 Ween
9 Ween
10 Ween
11 Ween
12 Ween
13 Ween
14 Ween
15 Petula Clark

Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger J Frank Parnell said...

thanks for shouting out to the nine horses - it's one of my surprise faves of the year. I think I have another track from the album up somewhere on me bloggy, too.

But what I really want to say is that the guesses are pouring in on the fmu site, and the best guesser has entered the following:

1 Ween
2 Ween
3 Ween
4 Ween
5 Ween
6 Ween
7 Ween
8 Ween
9 Ween
10 Ween
11 Ween
12 Ween
13 Ween
14 Ween
15 Petula Clark

Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger J Frank Parnell said...

whoopsie - too much caffeine in the double click finger

Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous karen said...

envelopes are coming to emo's on the 28th. i think they'd be pretty interesting live.

Thursday, September 07, 2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

JFP: I would delete your extra comment, but it's actually kind of funny to have it twice. Very meta, considering the content...

Karen: I totally want to go to that show, I think they're playing with Ratatat!

Thursday, September 07, 2006 3:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Monsters remix: sweet goodness.

Thanks, ladies!

r.

Friday, September 08, 2006 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

dearest r. --

you may also be interested, then, that AvH has also recently done a remix of Mr. Timberlake's "Sexy Back."

Friday, September 08, 2006 1:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Cindy. Unlike most of humanity, I'm not all that smitten with Timberlake's Sexy Back. But, unlike my feelings for Beyonce, I'll just keep quiet about it. (In fact, I think I'll keep any and all negative feelings to myself. They just get me in trouble.)

Still, I'm eager to see what Hard-on does with T-lake.

Luck,
r.

Friday, September 08, 2006 4:38:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

i admit, there's something about the new JT offering that hasn't grabbed me either. i was a great admirer of "cry me a river" and number of tracks from his solo debut, but there's something almost to over-stuffed and over-sexed about "sexy/back" et. al. that just isn't doing it for me. which is disappointing.

the remix is enjoyable enough, though, turning the track into something at least mildly danceable. though it didn't survive the cut -- space is at a premium on my hard drive here at the office and JT + AvH are but recycled bits of information now.

the pinkster and i rather enjoyed what you had to say over at fluxblog -- i'm afraid that kind of rhetorical exercise isn't my specialty, so i was glad to see you challenge the text, at least.

Friday, September 08, 2006 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

pinkster. heh.

i have to take issue with sexualization of mr. timberlake. i mean, it's not like he hasn't been sexualized since his solo career took off; it's just that it's always felt rather unseemly. i guess that was back in 2002 or so when he broke off from N*SYNC at large and deep dish retooled his first single. my response was ick. then again, i haven't listened to pop to the degree to which i sometimes feel obligated. my exceptions to that are my occasional brief forays into "new soul" and dirty R&B...and...well, young mr. timberlake is honky to the bone, and i just find it difficult to take him seriously as an R&B singer. and being that R&B and "sexy" are fairly inextricable, it's just crazy making.

and on the subject of AvH, i'm not sure what to make of his resurfacing. he always made a good mix. but the rubber ball kickdrum, and in deed house as a whole always felt sort of chavvy after about 2000. i'm not really sure what to do with that...or all those records i have.

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Granted, I'm wired a bit differently, but Timberlake as sex symbol has seemed to me to be nothing more than a marketing construct. I mean, do women over 16 really think he's hot? He still seems so lithe and boyish to me, something more suited for the folks over at NAMBLA, not somebody real women find hot.

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:10:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

What I find interesting is that the lesbians ADORE him.

Personally, I think that explains everything!

I was more of a Joey Fatone girl, myself. Er, was that out loud...?

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lesbians? Hmm. That explains all the excitement on Degeneres' show.

Anyway, I've finally listened to the AvH remix of Sexy Back. Firm, but still moist and juicy. I like it. Epworthian in a good way. The best part about it, I'm afraid, is that the voice filtering and such makes it difficult to tell that it's Timberlake. (Or has Justin gone through those special changes a boy his age goes through?)

Thanks for the tip!

(BTW, my comments on Fluxblog were uncalled for. My sentiments and tone were way too hostile. Yes, sometimes I can be a prick, but only on bad days. It's atypical for me. Honest. I'm sorry you all had to witness that.)

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, I forgot to sign those last two anonymous postings. Those were from me.

r.

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:25:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

We knew it was you, but thank you for confirming. (:

And, oh -- don't apologize -- someone needs to take Matthew to task sometimes, really. He's not as omniscient or infalliable as he thinks he is (even though I still think he's a pretty good writer and has generally spot-on taste) -- it's good for him not to be right all the time!

I went off myself on some poor anonymous shumuck over the Joanna Newsom debacle over on The Rawking Refuses to Stop last week. I feel kind of bad about that, actually -- I was kind of uneccessarily bitchy. (It just bothers me when everyone assumes that bloggers are all college kids -- or barely out of college -- with no real-world experience. But I digress.)

I'll admit, it's nice to see AvH keeping up with the times, when it would be quite easy to keep churning out phoned remixes in a style that was last in vogue ca. 1996!

Friday, September 08, 2006 5:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't necessarily regret what I said, I just think my tone was far too hostile. Like I said, I read his post at a weak moment.

I totally respect Matthew's talents as a writer. There are a lot of things about Fluxblog I really like. I only keep about 10% of what I download from it but that's pretty much the percentage with every blog.

(Except TRGAW, of course!!! :-]~ *gush*gush*choke*)

I just think sometimes he takes himself a wee bit too seriously. There's a high-and-mightiness there that can sometimes be a bit off-putting. But, heck, I don't take myself seriously enough. That can be pretty annoying too.

I honestly wish him well.

r.

Friday, September 08, 2006 6:01:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Oh, goodness -- you certainly are too kind in regards to our taste!

And yes, there's something to be said for having just the right amount of ego -- I mean, I would know, right?

(Oh, I crack myself up.)

Anyway, I should say, before anyone rolls along (not you, naturally, r.) and misinterprets this and thinks I'm trying to start something up with Matthew, I should say that I'm most definitely not doing that! Hopefully he knows just how much I appreciate all he's done for the reputation of music bloggers -- he's fought a lot of the credibility battles for us already, and that's pretty rad.

Friday, September 08, 2006 7:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, as usual.

Time to button things up here at work and start the weekend. I hope you gals have a fabulous weekend. (As if it was possibly for you to have anything but.)

Cheers.

r.

Friday, September 08, 2006 8:06:00 PM  

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