Sammy the Seal

“That dance-y shit slid through/we had to stay hood, ’cause that’s what we been through”

In vinyl on Tuesday, 20 May, 2008 at 4:58


Song: Back in the Game
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan ft. Ron Isley
Album: Iron Flag

Just a groovy-ass song, with an Isley Brother (an Isley Brother!) on the chorus. He started innocently enough, with “twist and shout”, though now his refrain is “caught me some weight now.” Laid-back tempo, but still hot, and though it’s only five of the nine MC’s, each verse is solid, and I’m not just being polite. The charisma and skill that put them on the map in ’93 is on full display. (From the album Iron Flag)


Songs: Broken Face, Gigantic
Artist: Pixies
Album: Surfer Rosa
(Both songs are embedded. Use the forward and back buttons as needed!)

Included both because they’re tracks 4 and 5 on the album, and pair up perfectly. Start with less than 1:30 of melodic thrash and touches of goofy Frank Black, then you’re rewarded with a big, crunchy, messy, glorious pop song– the song perfectly embodies its title. My suggestion: crank ’em! (From the album Surfer Rosa)

Movie of note: I re-watched Bergman’s Smultronstället (translated very roughly into English as Wild Strawberries) last week. I think I was too young to appreciate it the first time around. I know he’s known as a depressing, pensive director, but this film was very affecting– solemn and reflective, and yet uplifting, even. The story is small in scope, it’s very personal, but nonetheless rich and universal. Give the mundane a rest and take a look, if you have the mind for it. Besides, those rare moments of poetry and transcendence are what make life truly worth living. A very accessible and marvelous film, and it was only an hour and a half long! Honestly, as soon as it was over, I began to strongly considering purchasing it. (For those don’t who know me so well, I don’t take film-purchasing lightly– that’s why my library is so small.)

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  1. well i do have to admit that Pixies album is in fact kick ass and are all of them :0)

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