I’m reading your review of “Let the Right One In“, (published in Entertainment Weekly #1018) and wow, I can’t believe how WRONG you got this one. The dude who kills people and drains their blood? He’s neither an actual “serial killer” nor the vampire’s father*. He’s something like her butler, or her servant (or perhaps someone her vampire family entrusted to aid her). He goes out and kills people and drains their blood…TO FEED HER. So she doesn’t go out killing people vampire-style and get caught and say, perhaps, staked in the heart.
I know it was in Swedish, but it wasn’t that hard to understand,
*Certainly no one I saw it with thinks he’s her ‘father’ and most vampires would acknowledge their ‘father’ as being the one who turned them.
For those three of you who are always asking me for new singles to check out…HERE YA GO.
- “Love During Wartime” The Main Drag
- “Sweet to Mend” Heirloom Projector
- “Ships” Tyler Ramsey”
- “Fine Line” Little Big Town
- “The Story of Benjamin Darling Part 1” State Radio
- “Coat Check Dream Song” (Live version) Bright Eyes
- “California Girls” The Magnetic Fields (another song of theirs is also a favorite this summer)
- “Gravedigger” Willie Nelson
- “Shout” De Novo Dahl
- “Angel” Joe Rathbone
- “Hot Romance” Parlour Steps
- “Sing Along” Virginia Coalition (I’ve been loving this song for awhile now)
- “Ghosts of Goodbye” Ford Turrell
- “Goodnight” Zox
- “The Silence Between Us” Bob Mould
- “Strawberry Street” Lili Hadyn
- “Bye Bye Bye” Plants and Animals
- “Punches” by Collin Herring
- “Meet Me by the River” Matthew Ryan vs. the Silver State
- “I Got a Thing for You” Jim Bianco
- “Changing Your Mind” Bob Schneider
- “Goodnight Girl” The Nadas
- “Old Song” AM
- “Sing Again” Chris Walla
- “Buildings & Mountains” The Republic Tigers
- “Nobody Knows” Keaton Simons
- “Antarctica” The Weepies
- “Rebel Side of Heaven” Langhorne Slim
- “Shooting Star and the Ambulance” Pete Francis
- “This Girl” Jordan Zevon
- “I Keep Faith” Billy Bragg
- “Better Things” South
- “She Held My Hand” Steven Delopoulos
And if you need reference points*, we’ve got:
- “Graveyard Girl” M83
- “Be With Me” Foy Vance
- “My Only Offer” Mates of State
- “Get on With It” Val Emmich
- “Mystery” Ashleigh Flynn
- “Late Last Night” Robby Hecht
- “Standing Bird” Love Psychedelico
- “Jessi Jane” The Whipsaws
“Right Hand on My Heart” The Whigs …sounds like… Springsteen! “Ghosts of Goodbye” Ford Turrell …sounds like… Ryan Adams! “Bye Bye Bye” Plants and Animals …sounds like… Arcade Fire! Or Ravens & Chimes! “I Got a Thing for You” Jim Bianco …sounds like… Joe Cocker! Or Tom Waits! “Old Song” AM …sounds like… Josh Rouse! “Nobody Knows” Keaton Simons …sounds SASSY like… Jason Mraz! “Open Fire” Sara Mac Band …sounds like… The Dixie Chicks! “Standing Bird” Love Psychedelico …sounds A BIT like… The Dixie Chicks as well! “Jessie Jane” The Whipsaws …sounds like… Lynyrd Skynrd!
* Note that …sounds like… is a very loose term that may mean actually SOUNDS LIKE or may mean rather mean “reminds me (and no one else) of”.
From Paste 37, I’m diggin’:
If you like
Regina Spektor and/or
Ingrid Michaelson, try
“Unmistakably Love” Stephanie’s ID.
If you like
The Fray, try
“Swim” Jeremy Larson.
(Old Friends also recommended: “Take Me to the Riot” Stars
; “Gone Gone Gone” Robert Plant & Alison Krauss [I can’t listen to their album in one go, but I like it in individual songs].)
From Paste 38, I’m diggin’:
- “Foundations” Kate Nash
- “I’ll Follow You Tonight” Anna Terheim
- “Have to Have Everything” Milton & The Devils Party
- “The Cornflakes Song” (feat. Glen Phillips) Dick Prall
- “Days” She Is So Beautiful/She Is So Blonde
- “Brand New Love” Serena Ryder (minus the Jesus references)
I guess this one must’ve come out before Christmas since it ends with three Holiday songs. Doh. (I like “It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)” Mindy Smith.)
If you like
The Fray and/or
Five for Fighting, try
“Do I Wake or Sleep?” Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys and
“Wedding Crows” The Josh Davis Band.
If you like
the Go-Gos, try
“I Call on You” The TrolleyVox
(Old Friends also recommended: “100 Days, 100 Nights” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings; “The Opposite of Hallelujah” Jens Lekman; “Second Chance” Liam Finn
Awesome “put them in their place” quotes from Nick Marino‘s piece on “Thriller”/Michael Jackson in Paste #40:
Not long ago I caught a concert by teenaged R&B star Chris Brown, who is sort of a less charismatic verson of Usher, who is himself a less charismatic version fo Michael Jackson.
Today we’re left with Chris Brown, Usher and Justin Timberlake, whose most famous stage move to date involved ripping the bodice of Michael Jackson’s sister.
[Underlines = emphasis de moi]
New (to me) Songs/Artists I’m Diggin:
“A Sunday Smile” Beirut (1)
“Goes Around” Rockfour
“The Ritz” Office
“Eyes Like a Levee” Johnny Irion (2)
“Snakebit” Mary Gauthier
“Rise” (acoustic) Will Dailey
“You’re a Wolf” Sea Wolf (3)
“Civil Twilight” the Weatherthans
New (4) Songs by Old Friends:
“Scar That Never Heals” Jeremy Fisher (5)
“One Crowded Hour” Augie March (6)
“Time Is a Lion” Joe Henry
from Paste #36.
1-Old news, right? People kept mentioning Beirut to me but I never got
around to checking him out.
2-Wow! Love it!
3-Rambles along, I like how it picks up toward the end.
4-Or new when the magazine came out…months ago! 🙂
5-Got this ages ago from Fuel/Friends. Love it.
6-Australians, picked up an older album of theirs on Mariko’s and my trip.
“I used to write really shitty, gloomy songs about how everything sucked,” he says, “but I realized that everything sucked because I wrote those songs. My music controlled me much more than I controlled my music.”
–Jens Lekman, as interviewed by Austin L. Ray, in Paste #37.
New (to me) Songs/Artists I’m Diggin:
“None Shall Pass” Aesop Rock (1)
“Our Friends Appear Like the Dawn” Bodies of Water (4)
“Beloved” Minnie Driver (5)
“Bad Graces” Diego Sandrin (7)
“One Man” Eulogies
New (2) Songs by Old Friends:
“Car Crash” Matt Nathanson (3)
“Rumors” Josh Ritter (3)
“Trouble” Over the Rhine
“Black Out on White Nights” Sage Francis (6)
“Darlin’ Do Not Fear” Brett Dennen
“Hamoa Beach” (Live) Gomez
from Paste #35.
1-Hmm, I bought this album but not sure I ever listened to it.
2-Or new when the magazine came out…months ago! 🙂
3-I am diggin’ these two big time this year. Lots of great stuff by them out there.
4-Very Polyphonic-Spree feelin’.
5-This song is really kind of surprisingly beautiful.
6-Very atmospheric background. Unusual for rap.
7-Nice and sparse, simple seeming, but pretty unusual lyrics.
Bridwell of Band of Horses on Pitchfork’s Guest List (link via LargeHearted Boy).
I’m going to check out:
Tunes: A Decent Animal
Book: “Joe: A Novel” by Larry Brown.
New (to me) Songs I’m Diggin:
“The Underdog” Spoon (not new today, but this sampler is where I first heard it)
“White Dove” John Vanderslice
“Put a Penny in the Slow” Fionn Regan (folksy, rolling guitar)
“Better People” Xavier Rudd (oh man this is so reminding me of something but I just can’t quite put my finger on it…)
“Parsons White” Phonograph
“Black Skies for the High & Mighty” Wrinkle Neck Mules (straight up country)
“Postcard from Kentucky” Rocky Votolato
“Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” Mike Farris (can I get a witness?)
“I Believe” Peter Searcy (anthemic)
“If You’re Gonna Leave” Emerson Hart (melancholy)
“Run” Renee Stahl (a little like Eliza Carthy)
“Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe” Okkervil River
from Paste #34.