Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Don't Be So Emozioni

Monday night, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I went out with a friend to a neighborhood bar. I was immediately struck by the difference of the crowd compared to most nights. There were more guys who looked abrasive, brutish, who looked as though they were humored by the possibilities of a fight. When it came time to dance--called by the alcohol and music--I felt as though we had introduced a new language of dancing to these people. Out of the corner of my eye I would see them staring whistfully at us. We would move silently in our own space and then suddenly traverse the entire dance floor because we could. Other girls, I imagined, desperate to express themselves in a similar way, "freaked" each other. When, after short respite, we took once again to the hardwood floor, people would follow suit immediately and join us, as though we granted them permission to do so. It was a bizarre but enjoyable experience.

In anticipation of his newest album's sortie, Sebastien Tellier speaks on influences in this interview. His grasp of English is indeed "charming." It's always fun to see how people of different tongues express themselves in one's own language. They are excited about words and phrases that we have always taken for granted. You understand that excitement when you study a new language.

This song is perhaps my favorite. Tellier says it has to do with missing (manque) a woman, though it is not a sad song. It was apparently the top single of 1976 in Italy.

Lucio Battisti - Ancora Tu

I've been obsessed with this song lately. Mateusz scoffed when I told him that. He says that the original is better, but I can't get enough of this one. It starts off kind of similar to Busy P's "Rainbow Man" with a churning deep synth sound, but then when the song blasts off into its fullness it feels like your swimming in butter, only much less fattening.

Bag Raiders - Nil By Mouth (Knightlife Remix)

Otherwise, the gap between indie-emo musicians and DJs is getting smaller and smaller. Recent remixes of songs you never thought would end up in a club have never sounded better. For instance, "Golden Cage" by The Whitest Boy Alive speaks of sad things, but Fred Falke assures us, in his remix, that it is not a sad song. Thanks Fred.

The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke remix)

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