Monthly Archive for May, 2008

Baxter Dury-Francesca’s Party

Baxter Dury is the seemingly reclusive son of pub punk fave Ian Dury (Blockheads). Considering the quality here on this poppier, more direct version of his psychedelic and hazy musings, I am sad that he’s only available on import and possibly out of print. He’s got a MySpace page (well a couple, here’s the new one and the old one). The new one has some lovely and wonderful demos. The thing that made me most sad is that this is the kind of artist that Pop Renaissance would either love or tell us about, but he just doesn’t seem to be around. I think Seitz would dig this too.

Ghosts – Ladytron

This song is part of the continuing series of songs that I have no right listening to, liking, or blogging. Ladytron write electro music that is not IDM at all. Usually it’s kind of creepy, like The Knives, and sometimes it is a little Goldfrappy, but it is not Uncanny-y. Usually.

I heard Ghosts on WOXY about two weeks ago, while completely immersed in some other activity, and barely registered the song. I remember thinking, how interesting and how unlike Ladytron. Then it was out of my mind. That was until waking up this morning with about half of the chorus in my head inexplicably. It took me about an hour of wracking my brain to come up with the rest of the chorus, and then Google took over.

After a couple of listens, I figured out why this song won’t leave my head. First there are the lyrics of the chorus: “There’s a ghost in me … who wants to say I’m sorry …. doesn’t mean I’m sorry”. How odd and intriguing. Lyrically, the chorus is hypnotic and just strange enough to get wrapped on auto-loop in my poor little brain. The music at the beginning is really good as well – others have pointed out that it sounds right out of Dr. Who. It works. Finally, this song is being released as a single along with three mixes, and you can find those using the internetz the usual way, and at least two are quite quite interesting.

Update: This song is permanently stuck in my head. I just sang it for fifteen minutes straight in the shower … and I don’t sing in the shower. Need help!!!!

Ah, Leah-Donnie Iris

A song that seems familiar, but seems like it missed the Classic Rock stations when I was growing up (too new, 1981, I guess) so now it is sneaking into the cheese rock formats that don’t play too much Crüe and still play stuff like Steve Miller, etc. This song is Song of the Day mostly because I knew that Girl Talk was sampling something in the song “Friday Night” where he overlays Juelz Santana riffing on The Waitress “I Know What Boys Like” from the remix of Chris Brown’s “Run It” on top of something. We in turned sampled that bit from our Jonah Goldberg battle rap. So I heard “Ah, Leah” on the radio this weekend, and now I know where the cool part comes from (1:37 to 1:53 in the vid below). The song is relatively slick AOR for 1981. The woman in the video does, as someone mentioned on YouTube, look like she’s trying to poop.

The best part is that I allowed serendipity to identify the sample for me, although Wikipedia ruins all the fun/saves the day and has the entire Night Ripper sample list (it is extensive).