Countin' Goats

I'm not really sure how much John Darnielle might enjoy hearing it (though I suspect that he wouldn't mind, since he's another of those wonderful hi/low culture is bunk people that I adore), but it totally makes sense, in my head, anyway, that a direct line can be drawn from "A Long December" by the Counting Crows to The Mountain Goats' "This Year."

White Tooth Man vs. Resurrection Fern

Work and life are interesting lately, though I should point out that I've been listening heavily to a few albums.

It also amuses me to no end that David Allen keeps popping up on my last.fm artist list. God bless audiobooks.

Anyway, here's a quick post that will hopefully spawn some discussion.

I've been thinking a lot about the most recent Iron & Wine album, the Shepherd's Dog, for two reasons, really:

  1. Erin likes it, which means that she picks it when it is her record player turn; this has made me pay attention to it more, and
  2. I've been wondering why it was just sort of overlooked by me since I bought it. Why didn't I check this one out much?

At any rate, today I realized that the song that she likes most (as she would say, Her Jam) and the one that (so far) I enjoy hearing most couldn't be more different as far old Iron & Wine's formula goes. I then figured, what's better than asking the internet something?

NOTHING.

So here you go! Let's compare these two tracks, and discuss a)which one you like better and b)why. Hate 'em both? Mention that, too! In a future post I'll talk about my own take on differing tastes here.

Exhibit A: White Tooth Man

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Exhibit B: Resurrection Fern

[audio:ResurrectionFern.mp3]

P. S. I&W's record label mispelled the album as "the Shepard's Dog" on the downloadable-cuz-I-got-vinyl tracks. Funny, that.

yelly furtado in the house

HELLO!

WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULARLY (UN)SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING TO POINT OUT THAT JOHN DARNIELLE IS BLOGGING AT POWELLS.COM ALL WEEK.

THAT IS ALL.

THANK YOU.

GOOD DAY.

Other People's Words, 22 April 2008

Liz Phair: once an indie darling, she sells out to Hollywood (slamming Chicago in the process as she runs off and tarts herself up for a monstrosity of a major label album), then claims that it was all the label's fault. I'm not buying it. [via]

Steve Hayden writes in defense of Stone Temple Pilots. [via]

My favorite one-stop internet-shop lately has been Fluxtumblr.

This iPod boom box, 80's style, is pretty much the best thing ever.

What If Every Single Joel Silver Movie Took Place In The Same Universe?

With 'Accelerate,' R.E.M. Hits Top Speed Again (see what I mean about the R.E.M. story theme?)(Thanks to Erin for the link!)