Song: New Years
Artist: Asobi Seksu
Album: Citrus (the original version), Rewolf (the acoustic re-working)
(Both are embedded, use the forward and back buttons on the player as needed!)
First, the original fuzzed-out, reverbed, feedback, rocking, toe-tapping, head-bobbing version. It doesn’t dethrone “Thursday” for song of the album (though it tries its best to stoke my doubts) but it does barely beat out “Strings” for second-best. The drum fills that occupy the one second in between verse and chorus excite me every single time. Guaranteed to brighten at least three minutes of your day.
As far as the unplugged version, I never thought an acoustic version could compare to the original, but here’s to surprises. It peels away the muscular, ferocious, and noise to reveal something quite gentle and soulful. Whether you’re amped or mellowing out, there’s always a place for “New Years”. I actually like Yuki’s vocal performance here better than the studio recording. Having read interviews, and hearing her speak here, she sounds so wonderfully understated and, well, normal! Genuinely unassuming and darling. Plus, a feline anecdote will get you everywhere with me 🙂
The new album drops in a couple of weeks, more Asobi Seksu posts should be forthcoming. Blame the torrid love affair that began in October.
Song: A Song For Kids
Artist: Miho Hatori
I wonder if this is really a song for kids, lyrically. Is there anyone on the Japanese tip who can help? Miho is awesome. Someday I’ll back post some Cibo Matto that’s on my facebook to show you how it’s such a shame they only made two albums. (Can anyone testify on Yuka Honda’s behalf? I haven’t heard any of her solo work.)
Anyway, the first two seconds of the song may well be the best part, no disrespect at all to the entire song, which I do enjoy. Tell me those brief seconds don’t put a goofy-ass grin on your face. I bet you don’t play that bit just once….
Say and do for yourself, people will see what they want to see anyway. Don’t apologize for words, gestures, or actions, no matter how they may appear to others. We all have the right to what’s in our own head, but the moment you criticize anyone for anything, you’re fair game, so be careful what you say. Don’t judge someone before you actually know them, unless you’re ready to be deconstructed yourself. Be comfortable with expressing yourself, but if you ever have a bombshell to unload, sleep on it a couple of times before dropping it. If you’re going to demand something of another person, be damn sure you have it yourself. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Only give people as much credit as they’ve earned. Don’t be afraid to give a little at first, but make sure the other has shown they are capable of giving back before giving more. Otherwise, you’re operating at a net loss. If you want someone to think of you, show you think of them first– ideally, without being prompted. To be thought of for no reason is a wonderful, humbling thing. Assess a person’s heart first when choosing who to associate with, rather than tastes, appearance, or opinion. Don’t write people off, and be open to change, but accept people for who they are and what they do, not what you’d want or hope they are. Don’t wait, people will change if they want to. A million times, actions speak louder than words. Don’t expect a thing, let people surprise you, and appreciate it when they do, it doesn’t happen every day. Reliability may not be a sexy concept, but when you find someone, friend or lover, who has proven that they can think of you before themselves, don’t even need a reason to think of you, and genuinely have your best interests at heart, hold on to them for dear life. Life is rough, counting on yourself is hard enough, it’s a blessing to find some help. Stop to appreciate what and who you have, don’t be too selfish or demanding, because you could just as well not have it all. After all, nothing says we have to care for each other. Compassion is not a rule or right, it is a choice, which is what makes it such a singular, splendid thing. Don’t question or try to understand, just savor.
Song: Evelyn McHale
Artist: Parenthetical Girls
Album: Privilege Pt. 1: On Death And Endearments EP
With the lush, sweeping instrumentals to carry it, I totally fell for the pastoral charm of the video. Sheep! Turkey! Mule! (Heh heh, mule.) And my lord, those dresses. Especially the green one. I’m a sucker, yes.
(If the video link is ever dead, at least the song is here.)
Artist: Wolf Parade
Album: Expo 86
Had no idea the lyrics were so linear (the video is quite faithful to the story of the song). It always felt sad, now it’s even sadder. In lesser hands this could be quite maudlin, but I’m always in awe of Dan’s ability to turn the seemingly trite into the earth-shaking (see “This Heart’s On Fire”). Would be neat to see this song in concert and see/hear him belt out “there’s nothing out here.” Oh well. It’s still ferocious.
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