October 12th, 2003


Listen, Rinse, Repeat... A Lot...

I have a new favorite song. I was in Newbury's the other night, looking through the DVD racks (almost picked up Sports Night), when I started listening to the music they were playing over the store's audio system. Sounded vaguely like early Kinks, and I liked the first two songs I heard, so I asked who it was. The guy said it was Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle & Sebastian. I'd never heard of them, but it was on sale for ten bucks, so what could I lose? It's fun, indy pop, and some of the tracks are so poppy that they would probably drive me up a wall if they were all the same style, except that the style of pop varies a lot from track to track, so it's not repetitive. The lyrics are clever, and they do fun things with the rhymes. I can live with that.

Then, one song grabbed me, "Piazza, New York Catcher." Didn't know the title when it started, but it's repeated in the song, and got my full attention, because Mike Piazza was one of my favorite ball players, at least when he was with the Dodgers. (And don't get me started about the trade that removed him from the Dodgers in exchange for some magic beans and the odious Gary Sheffield...) Anyway, it's done in a very different style, just the singer (Stuart Murdoch) with an accoustic guitar. His voice in this song is driving me crazy, because he reminds me of someone, but I can't place it yet. In other places he sounds a bit like Ray Davies, but not here. Anyway, it's a song about love and baseball, and how can you go wrong with that? I've been driving around with it on repeat for days now.

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I also picked up a used Richard Thompson compilation, Action Packed: Best of the Capitol Years. I should really, really like Richard Thompson, and yet he's never grabbed me. I don't know why. I like his arrangements and guitar playing. He's a folkie at heart, which means interesting lyrics, and the songs he writes tend towards the bitter, which is all good, but it's just never clicked. I'll leave this running in the car CD for a few days to what happens.

Stayed up late last night chatting, watching movies, and drinking mudslides, which was fun, but I didn't sleep all that well, so today is going to be a groggy one. It's also rainy and dreary out. Sigh.
  • Current Music
    "I Don't Know What It Is" - Rufus Wainwright