December 24th, 2003


Belle & Sebastian

I never paid attention to Belle & Sebastian before, but sometimes I try to actually listen to the stuff I suck down with Grabit ...

So B&S are ... apparently people who listened to a lot of and Nick Drake. They seem to have a skewed, occasionally too precious, occasionally brilliant lyrics. I can see how people can become big fans, but I'm not 100% sold.

But the song "Expectations" is really funny, well done:
"In the queue for lunch they take the piss, you've got no appetite
And the rumour is you never go with boys and you are tight
So they jab you with a fork, you drop the tray and go berserk
While your cleaning up the mess the teacher's looking up your skirt"

It is interesting being an old fart, because so little new pop music isn't an homage, reinterpretation, or straight up rip off of something I heard the first time around 25 years ago...

more grabit listens

This isn't anything I'd recommend any likely readers of this LJ tracking down; it's very conventional contempo-country. What is weird is this chick is Dutch, but sings Country like she's lived her whole life in Nashville. I guess Dutch people need their own Trisha Yearwood, or something.

Oh and if you're into it alt.binaries.sounds.mp3.complete_cd is the most fucked up binary newsgroup ever. I downloaded a bunch of stuff one time only to discover that the guy James Last is Germany's answer to Muzak. And EVERYTHING that fucker has done has been posted to that newsgrou, like 10 CDs worth. Virtually every crappy rock band ever has had it's complete discography posted there. A lot of dutch people seem to be into it, and post all sorts of strange dutch stuff. Some assclown has been posting entire 5 CD sets of stupid dance mixes, and it doesn't get labeled very well. I downloaded something called 'italo-disco' in the subject line and it turned out to be some sort of ass Italian trance.

On the upside I think I have EVERYTHING by aceyalone, aesoprock, blackalicious, and a good chunk of the James Brown catalog.

Now is where angryrobot says 'url.' angryrobot hates America.