The Same Blocked Intersection

I told myself that I wouldn't do "those dashed off quick entries" around here, but then the Mountain Goats put out a video for their new single and it was awesome and here it is and you should watch it full screen because seriously, guys, wow.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUbFljMLIY8]

Other People's Words, 22 Jan 2008

Holy crap, biggest news around here (to me) : Casey Dienel shall now be known as White Hinterland. New album out March 4th. [via]

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Sean Michaels reviews-via-short-story at Said the Gramophone. Great song, too.

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Andrew Gilstrap (of Popmatters) just got his childhood record collection back (scroll down to Jan 8, 2008)****

Timedoor brings us the songs of former Packer/Eagles great/bigot Reggie White.

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Last month, Trash Audio talked to The Depreciation Guild about their process their use of a Famicom in their music.

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SERIOUSLY LISTEN TO A VAMPIRE WEEKEND SONG (OR THREE)

So. There's this band called Vampire Weekend and they must have the Midas Touch or something equally legendary cuz man oh man, they appear to have the biggest blog uproar since, like, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (or at least since Black Kids). Weirdly enough, I actually got to write about them back in July, when they were just a band playing through at a local show that now I wish even more that I had seen. I can honestly say this means that I am not a trend setter, but at the very least, sort of the Stone Temple Pilots to VW's Pearl Jam (which is far different than Pearl Jam's VD, for the record)(don't spread that rumor)(or maybe, do?).

Perfect: "If I Can't Change Your Mind," by Sugar

How can I explain away
Something that I haven't done
And if you can't trust me now
You'll never trust in anyone

--Sugar, "If I Can't Change Your Mind"

Typical review: witty summary, narrow it down, pick out a few songs, wrap it up in a nice bow.

Not this time. This time, the lyrics first. The above lyrics occur at a point in the song when you'd guess maybe Mould will drop the chorus another time, maybe repeat a verse or some other time-honored/slightly lazy trick, it'll end, and it'll be pretty good. But then! A curve ball near-ending--a verse that comes in at a time when you're like, "man, how could any song be this great?"--and we're off.

"How can I explain away/Something that I haven't done?" Chills.

"And if you can't trust me now/You'll never trust in anyone."

Does he have you yet?

There's a point in every (failed?) relationship when things have been said that you didn't want to say, or things have been done you've moved beyond regretting--things you wish you wouldn't have had the capacity to do. So often in rock songwriting, we get the perspective of the jilted whatever, or the angry ex, or the "take me back/please come back" plea.

But how often is there complication? How often do we see "With all the crazy doubts you've got/I love you even still?" This song is chilling partly because it's unique. It takes the specificity of "you will find a different person if you change your mind," throws that awesome 90's MoĆ¼ld guitar sound behind it, and builds the perfect three minute pop song.

If I can't change your mind then no one will.

The Video, on Youtube
Bob Mould
Sugar, on Wikipedia
Sugar - If I Can't Change Your Mind

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I've got about 9000 songs in iTunes, and about ten of them have made the "Perfect" playlist.

This is one of them.