I’m in High Fidelity the Musical

and now I’m gonna blog about it.

Favorite Pop Song June 26, 2008

I like the words. i really like how they’re comically pessimistic. Sortof like he’s just being grouchy just because, but he really has a kooky and solid character and doesn’t really care about not-caring. I like to think that.

I like Elvis Costello.

I just relate to his lyrics a lot. Especially the earlier ones. Everyone characterized them as the typical “angry young man” – but I think he was just pulling everyone’s leg. I like to think that.

I could be wrong, but that’s my Elvis Costello and he’s the only one that matters to me.

Plus I think its kindof funny how he’s like BFFs with Jenny Lewis. (who was an inspiration for the hair-in-the-shrub shot…i should post that) it all comes full circle.

Which reminds me of a quote by another musician I’ve grown to like (though his latest album didn’t quite match the first two, IMHO)… who am I kidding, I totally love him (and I know I am not alone in this love):

“Some of us go full circle. Some of us blindly go nowhere. The circle doesn’t have to be very large to make a point, kick your ass and/or be entertaining. Remember that and stay light.”

He is also a neat lyricist. I really like his stuff. it’s rap-y.

indulge me a moment of la nostalgie: I remember when I did a poetry project when I was in 9th grade I included the words to “in My life” by the Beatles and had a sortof eureka moment that I liked lyrics to stuff. They don’t have to be lofty either. (I was just playing some Burt Bacharach/hal david and some George/Ira Gershwin – the latter(s) of whom were the lyricists…and man, I love that stuff!)

Ooo, further nostalgia…have I mentioned that I met the guy who wrote the words to Mr. Ed!??!@#@$(*&#@ —among so many other awesome songs (Silver Bells, Que Sera Sera, the theme to BONANZA!!!!)…his name was Ray Evans — he spoke at a panel at an almuni thing at UPenn when i was a jr, and I swear, when I found out he was who he was, I had an attack of super-fan intensity. I think he was like 89 or something. He might as well have been Michael jackson on the thriller tour to me. that was so cool.

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The Bluebird May 29, 2008

So there’s live music a’plenty in St. Louis, and I took advantage of it last night.

I went straight from work, so I have my friend Rebecca to thank for letting my borrow some concert wear – clothes which may or may not (depending on your worldview) have contributed to how silly and fun the night was! We went to see Tally Hall (amazzzzzzinnnng. When I was an english teacher for a few weeks a couple summers ago, I ran a sortof rap/songwriting workshop for the older creative writing kids…like 14-15 year olds…and I made’em listen to Tally Hall and they were like OMG THIS IS AWESOME. Needless to say, I was a cool teacher.) Heard’em described as “Astonishing musicality, but also fun and infectious.” Gotta agree.

We bopped around plenty during Tally Hall’s set, and since The Bluebird was so small (and perhaps b/c it was a Wednesday night concert) it was totally and completely feasible to talk to the band afterwards…gotta love that. They’re a bunch of pre-med dudes from the University of Michigan, and they’re v. charming and funny. How ’bout that?

Speaking of which, the keys player, Moose, from the band that played afterwards, De Novo Dahl (based in Nashville! feel the regional pride) was an adorable vision in powder blue. I feel like I should also mention that his dad played with Dolly Parton. Did I mention he was adorable?

denovodahl

Also exciting is that De Novo Dahl will be playing this June in DC, and my sister‘s going to see them! They’re like a music postcard traveling from me to my sister. How cool is that?

I particularly like these bands’ blend of kooky goofiness and excellent musicianship. I would reccomend them to anyone who likes to dance and be happy about things.

(also, I’d just like to note that one of the opening bands was like, 87% swedish, which means I got to use my swedish skills and tell them all that, “I want to live in a mushroom” — the only swedish phrase I know. Though don’t be mistaken – I may know precious little swedish, but I totally love the swedish folk…everyone I meet reinforces my belief that swedes are an awesomely kooky people. )

 

Whew! April 29, 2008

May I just say that cast drinks at The Royale was super fun and just what I was hoping for. I don’t like to go places I can eat, is that weird? In my secret dreams we go to a different south city tavern every week. I guess my dreams of having a constant stream of drinking escorts/buddies are not so much a secret anymore.

Aaannyway.

I’ve been super busy in a very blessed way lately – I got an internship, and its fun, stressful, hard, challenging, interesting — everything great. Like Mr. KV Junior reccomends, I’m trying to notice what’s nice, and hot damn, this is so nice!

So its a blessed business, and partly the reason I’m not blogging so much anymore. It’ll all settle soon, though.

Also, in the last few posts I was in a transitional music phase where I was searching for a new song – well I found it, and so now I don’t really think about music as much.

OO! That reminds me.

Though I go through transitional phases, I have certain artists that I will never ever leave. One of those is THE Elvis Costello. My heart fills with love for this man. John Stewart once said that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. got him through high school, well for me, that beacon of light was Elvis Costello. I basically didn’t have to be angsty after my freshman year, mostly because I felt that Elvis had plenty for the both of us.

Elvis Costello got me through high school, and for that I am his forever.

Thank heaven for that, too — it gives me mad street cred that I know like, every song he’s ever sung including bootlegs! Sigh, i spent a lot of time on elviscostello.info. I can be like, “OMG, don’t you totally relate to Britney Spears’ ‘Me against the Music’? Like sometimes you just feel like, yeah, britney has GOT a point!” and if I get any funny/disapproving looks, I can usually get out of the doghouse by mentioning that I like elvis costello, too, so leave me alone already. I’ve done the work.

So the dance we did last sunday had an elvis costello vibe (which I now totally get, and before totally did not) and I don’t know if you heard this, but i casually mentioned that I have a DVD of all Elvis’ old videos. There’s one Dutch TV performance where he like, demands that the guys in front let the girls stand in front. Chivalry meets man-thoughts. It works! He was like, LET THE LADIES TO THE FRONT. Love it.

Oh I’m a fan, I could go on and on about Bruce Thomas’ (one of The Attractions, EC’s band) bass line, it is amazing. He is my favorite bass player EVER, but Elvis totally HATES HIM. I could tell you why. I know this stuff. Ooo wee, how I can digress.

Anyway, this is the video I thought of.

I frickin’ love this song! It is so angry, and I totally get it whenever I hang out on Washington Avenue for too long.

I’m really mad I can’t find the video of him being all rebellious on SNL. Dang, NBC. If you’re gonna take it off youtube, put it up on your site!

OOo, side note. My friend Scott once saw Elvis buying grapes in a store and sent me a picture and blogged about his pivotal life changing experience. (I too have met elvis a couple times. I went to see him guest host on letterman! he signed my book! it was a true pilgrimage. It made me late for my french class, but I didn’t CARE!) My friend is a funny dude, and that cell phone shot of The EC was a gift unparalleled.

ps if you’re wondering my favorite EC album, it’s Get Happy!

pps if you’ve read the book, Rob lists his top 5 Costello songs, I just can’t think of’em right now. I kindof agreed, but not really. I’ll tell you mine in a later post, it would take too much thought right now.

ppss this is my favorite EC poster trust

pppss favorite EC tagline, “If he didn’t exist, someone would try to invent him.”

I think I’m done now.

 

New Favorite Song April 24, 2008

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My new favorite song (actually, I forgot I loved it so much…it has been a favorite for a while) is Car Talk on NPR. I listen to the podcast about as randomly as I listen to the actual show in my car, but just the same it is always awesome and informative.

I love you, Tom & Ray!

 

National Record Store Day?!? April 23, 2008

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I totally missed it! It was April 19th, this past saturday.

Apparently there was quite the party at Vintage Vinyl. How do people find out about these totally random holidays?!? Looked like a good time, too. Bummed I missed out.

Independent record stores like Euclid Records and Vintage Vinyl here in St. Louis celebrated the first National Record Store Day on Saturday. The aim of the day was to celebrate music, records — and the fact that their doors are still open.

Video here.

Hat Tip of Respect to Miss Annie Zaleski, music editor extraordinaire of the RFT.

 

name a song that is either about or contains a natural disaster… April 20, 2008

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Invincible – by OKGo

Trish brought it up.

“When they finally come to destroy the earth
they’ll have to go through you first,

…bet they wont be expecting that.”


Great opening line, these guys are so funny and smart.
Natural disaster? Aliens, natch!

 

I love this song. April 19, 2008

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and this band.

of course my autobiographical songs are straight-up dance tunes.

http://www.myspace.com/sharonjonesandthedapkings