Damien Rice’s unrequited love for The [clarinet teacher’s] Daughter

November 28, 2007 at 5:33 am | Posted in Music discussion | Leave a comment
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Unrequited love. Sleepless nights, foodless days, and usually it all comes to nothing.You wouldn’t think there’d be much to add on the topic, given how exhaustively it’s explored in music, literature and film (my favourite is the young boy Sam’s line in Love Actually – ‘[what could be] worse than the total agony of being in love?’]. However, reading this post by Gala Darling, I discovered something new.Wikipedia’s unrequited love entry lists four songs by Damien Rice that, apparently, are all about the same girl – the daughter of his clarinet teacher.I can only assume that I’ve been living under a rock, because finally the ‘blower’ part of ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ makes sense! How could this little fact have escaped my knowledge before?Anyway, here are the tunes for you to enjoy – hopefully they’ll comfort your wounded heart.Damien Rice:The Blower’s Daughter ( ‘The pupil in denial/ I can’t take my eyes off you’)I Remember ( ‘I remember it well/ The first time that I saw/ Your head around the door/ ‘Cause mine stopped working’)Elephant ( ‘Well, this has got to die/ This has got to stop/ This has got to lie down/ With someone else on top’) Accidental Babies ( ‘But do you really feel alive/ Without me?/ If so: be free/ If not: leave him for me’)And finally, not mentioned by Wikipedia but one of my favourite Damien Rice songs, which definitely fits the ‘unrequited love’ theme, is:Cheers Darlin’ ( ‘I die when he comes around /To take you home/ I’m too shy/ I should have kissed you when we were alone’)Listening to music to drown your sorrows may not be as cathartic as taking the following action though:And remember – you deserve to be loved by someone who doesn’t want to be with anyone but you.

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Kevin07 victory mix – here comes K.Rudd, there goes Johnny

November 27, 2007 at 11:12 am | Posted in Mix tapes | Leave a comment

Kevin07 button

Bye bye Johnny.

Australians have just ousted John Howard, prime minister for 11-and-a-half-years, in favour of a K.Rudd-led Labor government with ‘fresh ideas’, to borrow a slogan. It feels like a victory for values over the economy.

In honour of our new Mr Sheen-style prime minister*, Kevin Rudd, let’s enjoy a Kevin07 victory mix, shall we?

Bob Evans – Don’t You Think It’s Time

Dan Kelly – Drunk On Election Night

John Legend – Maxine’s Interlude (I tried not to choose songs based solely on their title, but this is just too good. Fancy Maxine McKew causing Johnny the indignity of being only the second Aussie prime minister to be voted out of his electorate.)

The Frames – Finally

The Libertines – The Boy Looked At Johnny (He certainly did – he came, he saw, he conquered.)

Kings Of Leon – Woo Hoo

The Whitlams – Gough

Midnight Oil – One Country [iTunes doesn’t have a sample, do yourself a favour and buy it elsewhere, it’s beautiful.] (And go on K.Rudd, bite the bullet and make ex-Oils front man Peter Garrett environment minister.)

The Style Council – Shout To The Top

The Pointer Sisters – Jump For My Love (No reason why Kevin07 couldn’t give Hugh Grant a run for his money doing the Love Actually dance:

Well okay, perhaps there are a couple…)

Here’s to John Howard not being able to make me feel ashamed to be Australian any more.

Suggest any songs I’ve missed, leave me a comment.

*The Mr Sheen comparison is used with affection. At least it’s neat and tidy, unlike those eyebrows on our former PM.

Song lyric of the week – LCD Soundsystem, New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

November 26, 2007 at 10:02 am | Posted in Song lyric of the week | Leave a comment
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New York tribute tile fenceIn June, I went to New York for the first time and fell utterly in love with it.The first couple of days were bumpy. Strangely, I didn’t feel like I was in New York at all. Having lived the city imaginatively for so long, the reality of it felt different (naturally, because a large part of imagination is fantasy). Walking amongst all the skyscrapers, it was as if the familiar landmarks were being blocked from sight!But following on from the moment I set eyes on the Statue of Liberty, New York fast became my favourite city I’ve ever travelled to, and a place I hope to live one day.The thing is though, because it is so excruciatingly cool – the restaurants and bars, the shopping, the apartments, the lifestyle – New York makes you want so much more than you’ve ever wanted before. A nagging sense of yearning settles in, and it feels a bit dangerous. That’s what LCD Soundsystem’s song ‘New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ is about for me – in particular the following line:’But you’re still the one poolWhere I’d happily drown’You’d also have to search far and wide to find a better couplet than:’There’s a ton of the twistBut we’re fresh out of shout’A comment on movement without conviction, perhaps?

I want to be the girls on these album covers

November 16, 2007 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Music discussion | Leave a comment
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These album covers make me go ‘oh’ – so beautiful in their simplicity.

Emiliana Torrini - Easy

Emilana’s song ‘Easy’ may just be perfect – wistful yet assertive, and with a deceptively simple storytelling thread (basically, you’ve led me to this point, I want you, so ‘why should we take it easy?’) that she brings a gossamer touch to. In an instant, the girl has ’20 years in sight’… and who doesn’t spin off into daydreams like this after even the briefest of encounters?!

Emiliana Torrini – Easy

Leona Neass - I Tried To Rock But You Only Roll

Leona Naess is a brand-new discovery for me, so I’m still in the process of really absorbing her, but I’m loving this track from her debut album:

Leona Naess – New York Baby

Feist - The Reminder

From the warm tones of those album covers, to the icy-cool shades of Feist.

The combination of her shadowy, ballerina-like self (long neck, bare shoulders, gentle bun), and those rainbow beams refracting behind her creates a purity that draws you in.

This tune perfectly displays Feist’s crystal vocals – her lilting delivery chimes like a bell.

Feist – So Sorry

And speaking of album covers, does anyone else see a striking resemblance between the girl on The Cars’ debut album, and actor Anne Hathaway?!!

The CarsAnne Hathaway

The Cars – Just What I Needed

(Adore the line, ‘I don’t mind you hangin’ out, and talkin’ in your sleep’ – in no small part because I talk in my sleep too!)

Song lyric of the week – Kanye West, Stronger

November 16, 2007 at 10:50 am | Posted in Song lyric of the week | Leave a comment
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Being the major Prince fan that I am, this Kanye rhyme has me tickled purple:

‘You know how long I been on ya?

Since Prince was on Apollonia

Since OJ had Isotoners

Don’t act like I never told ya’

Comedic and lyrical genius. For the uninitiated, Apollonia was Prince’s co-star in the movie musical Purple Rain (she duets with him on ‘Take Me With You’, from the soundtrack), and a member of Apollonia 6, one of Prince’s many vanity project bands.

Here’s a visual (full of 80s glamour – I particularly enjoy the bikini teamed with the fingerless gloves):

ApolloniaApollonia 6

The Prince line was my way into the song, however since then I’ve been friends with the following verse (addition in square brackets is my own, to make it from my perspective which is the way I hear it):

‘I don’t know if you got a [wo]man or not

If you made plans or not

If God put me in your plans or not

I’m trippin’, this drink got me sayin’ a lot

But I know that God put you in front of me

So how the hell could you front on me?

There’s a thousand yous

And only one of me’

… an endearing blend of vulnerability and arrogance from Kanye.

Also, the situation he describes is very relevant to my own life right now. And all the best song lyrics are the ones that make us feel like they’re about us, right?

Justin Timberlake – one of the greatest

November 12, 2007 at 10:33 am | Posted in Concerts | Leave a comment
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Justin Timberlake live in Melbourne

Sexiest man alive, that’s all.

(Performing at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Monday 5th November 2007.)

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