I was sentimental about many things: a woman’s shoes under the bed; one hairpin left behind on the dresser; the way they said, “I’m going to pee…”; hair ribbons; walking down the boulevard with them at 1:30 in the afternoon, just two people walking together; the long nights of drinking and smoking, talking; the arguments; thinking of suicide; eating together and feeling good; the jokes, the laughter out of nowhere; feeling miracles in the air; being in a parked car together; comparing past loves at 3am; being told you snore, hearing her snore; mothers, daughters, sons, cats, dogs; sometimes death and sometimes divorce, but always carrying on, seeing it through; reading a newspaper alone in a sandwich joint and feeling nausea because she’s now married to a dentist with an IQ of 95; racetracks, parks, park picnics; even jails; her dull friends; your dull friends; your drinking, her dancing; your flirting, her flirting; her pills, your fucking on the side, and her doing the same; sleeping together…
There were no judgments to be made, yet out of necessity one had to select. Beyond good and evil was all right in theory, but to go on living one had to select: some were kinder than others, some were simply more interested in you, and sometimes the outwardly beautiful and inwardly cold were necessary, just for bloody, shitty kicks, like a bloody, shitty movie. The kinder ones fucked better, really, and after you were around them a while they seemed beautiful because they were.
“It feels like we’re in the right category, but if you examine the rest of the awards, I guess you have to take it with a grain of salt because the same people who think your album is good enough to nominate you also think a lot of albums I think are basically cancers on the musical landscape are also really good.”—Brian from Japandroids on being nominated for a Juno (via blownspeakers)
a mix of songs that use phil spector’s infinitely timeless drum beat from “be my baby”
The Ronettes – Be My Baby Jesus and Mary Chain – Just Like Honey* Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Gentle Sons Johnny Boy – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve The Magnetic Fields – Candy Bat for Lashes – What’s A Girl To Do Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Hand In Hand Deerhunter – Vox Humana The Mary Onettes – Explosions The Pipettes – Sex Depeche Mode – A Question of Lust Empire of the Sun – Without You Jay Reatard – An Ugly Death Girls – Ghost Mouth Editors – The Weight of the World Asia – Heat of the Moment Jens Lekman – A Higher Power Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Action
I am firmly in the cheap and easy (cheasy?!) pop camp.
Plus they were 100 different kinds of adorable on Friday if we ignore that one weird kid in the khaki cargoes and the fact that they forgot to play my favourite song. No really, they just forgot, I asked. Perhaps “scolded” is a better verb. And fuck it, that one kid in the khaki cargoes kind of ruled. I bet he got laid.