one of my all time Beat Happening faves.
different artwork than on the original release, yes. don't know anything specific about that one.
bought at the tremendous Academy record store in Brooklyn, in the winter of 2005.
any conspiracy theory ? who pretends to be who? common!
a dream-team. recorded in Low's home studio.
as a man (don't know how's the feminine posture on that one, please tell me), it seems impossible to not love that guy.
Arab Strap's loss cannot be overestimated. pain, deep pain:
a Wurlitzer Jukebox-release designed by, damn, Mark Robinson! and, what's more, a Cake-related all girl-late sixities combo.
good night, good morning.
Alden is a spirit-political-thinking musician. not a popstar.
it's that easy.
back in the spring of 2005, at a time this 7" was supposed to be released (more or less simultaneously with this one), he had invited J.O. and myself for a dumpster-diving-dinner. i was quite reluctant.
it was superb.
now, in the early year of 2012, is there anything left of this wide opening?
no real surprise to you, dear reader, my personal female K-universe-hero is Khaela Maricich. and Mirah? hm. she's the intheolddays-closefriends-goddess, and that should mean something. to me. it should.
the last The Way Things Change post - they're complete, now.
weird genre-mix presented in a semi-amateurish way on that 7"+CD-album, and an artwork that is extremely far from my personal preferences.
but, i have to say, i like it.
i remember getting my first Teenbeat order (done by fax - those were the days), while at my relatives' home in Aylmer, Ontario. i was seventeen years old, first time in north america, absolutely everything during that stay unique and unforgettable, read: e v e r y t h i n g.
so i opened the heavy overstamped cardboard, found the rad Air Miami & Tuscadero t-shirts - that are still in service -, awesome stickers (VSNY, you know), a couple LPs and 7inches, and the gorgeous The Stars Are Insane CD, Versus' first album.
and, that's why this is being told here, an overenthusiastic letter written by the mailorder-guy, saying how much he was in love with Versus, that he was listening to the Dead Leaves comp and the Secret Swingers lp 24hours a day, and so on. this was (or at least seemed to me - but seriously, who cares about that difference?) honest, sincere stuff, not the 'we appreciate your business'-thing. and gave me the feeling of being, hm, part of a youth movement, to quote a german band i never was interested in, even though almost all my friends were. (you'll get some candies if you can tell me what i'm talking about.)
so, here comes Versus' contribution to the mémorable (yep, that's bloody québécois) Simple Machines Working Holidays split 7" project. no real surprise, they got the first series-release.
The last Hayfever- 7inch to be posted - no more have been released, sigh.
and they even managed to get Hood on one of their comps! not a big surprise, though, if you consider Hayfever's impressive discography...
more than ten years later, this fanzine is present in my emotional background. well done, guys.
the song that was ready to be covered by us (=LGDT), and for, hell, what reasons, Dave?, didn't make it.
don't tell me that two Caterina songs would have been too much... and imagine the ladies dancing this way on stage!
second brilliant 'resurrection'-split 7" on Slumberland.
it still seems like a miracle that after such a long hiatus, they're back and more active than ever.
what a great reverence made by Geneviève Castrée to Réjean Ducharme's (the french canadian Salinger, if you want) L'avalée des avalées.
right now translated into german by the very gifted T.B. expect something unique.
And it pushed our little boat beneath the waves