Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Poe.  Her music is a bit of rock, some electronic elements, and, especially with the second album, a bit of spookyness thrown into the mix.

Angry Johnny was the first song from Poe that caught my ears.  It's a good song with an obvious gimmick.  The lyrics talk about wanting to kill a guy named Johnny.  The gimmick comes in when she says, "i wanna blow you" then pauses before saying "away."  The obvious blowjob implication, followed by lyrics explaining where and how she wants to do it, make the whole song an elaborate sexual implication without going too far and making it corny.

Hello would have to be favorite song off of the first album.  It references the internet and "cyberspace" as well as a hacker group named MOD (Masters of Deception.)

Her second album, Haunted, was released in conjunction with her brother Mark Z. Danielewski's book House of Leaves.  There is a remix of the song Hey Pretty has just the chorus of the original song with the main content being a passage read from House of Leaves; the most memorable section for me being:

Pinch it, she said, which i did, lightly, until she also said pull it,
Which i also did, gently parting the teeth, one at a time, down under
And beneath, the longest unzipping of my life..

Control is another awesome song off of the second album.  It talks about slowly taking control from and gaining power over someone who's exerted control over you.

Take a listen and tell me what you think.  If you're already a Poe fan, what's your favorite song(s)?


Hey Pretty (Drive-by 2001 mix Live)

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Here's a one-hit-wonder for your wonderful snow-filled Saturday.  This is Frente doing a cover of Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order.  I remember this being popular in the US for a while in the mid 90s, but never heard anything else of her/them.  I think Frente may have been more popular and not a "one-hit-wonder" in Australia and/or other countries.  Hope you enjoy this musical moment.  Who's your favorite one-hit-wonder from any era?

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Heathers is an acoustic indie folk duo from Dublin Ireland.  They started making music in 2007 and have since released one album and had a few songs in commercials and movies.  As far as I know they haven't had any air play in the US.  Hopefully that changes soon.  I discovered a couple of their songs a while ago on youtube and listen to them almost every day.  Have a listen to these songs and tell me what you think.


Remember When

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

That Dog

That Dog was a quirky punk/alternative band that started in 1994.  The first song I heard of theres was a weird song called Old Timer ( <- Bevis and Butthead version).  This song seems to be mocking an old man taking advantage of the senior special at a buffet.  The harmony of their voices is what makes the song unique and pleasant though.  

The second song I heard of theirs, and, from what I can tell, the only one to make it onto any radio airplay charts, was from their third and final album named Retreat from the Sun.  The song is named Never Say Never.  The lyrics aren't anything special.  They seem to be implying a devotion to some guy.  The song is a lot more pop sounding than their earlier song(s).  It doesn't hurt that the lead singer, Anna Waronker, looked quite hot.  Give these two songs a listen and tell me what you think.  If you like them, search out some other That Dog songs on youtube.  There seem to be a few other good ones, but I hadn't heard anything of them until recently.  It also seems Anna Waronker has a solo album out, though, from the few seconds of it I've listened to, it seems a bit Adult Contemporary for my tastes.

Old Timer

Never Say Never