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  • aiaslives 10:00 am on February 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: post-jazz?   

    “Seiren” by Mouse on the Keys 

  • aiaslives 9:21 am on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

    “Reynardine” by Isobell Campbell 

    One evenin’ as I rambled
    Among the spring in time
    I overheard a young woman
    Converse with Reynardine

    Her hair was black and her eyes were blue
    Her lips as red as wine
    And he smiled to gaze upon her
    Did that sly, bold Reynardine

    He said, “If by chance you should look for me
    Perhaps you’ll not me find
    For I’ll be in my castle
    Inquire for Reynardine?

    Sun and dark, she followed him
    His eyes did brightly shine
    And he led her over the mountain
    Did that sly, bold Reynardine

  • aiaslives 9:13 am on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

    “Is It Wicked not to Care?” by Belle and Sebastian 

    Is it wicked not to care when they say that you’re mistaken
    Thinking hopes and lots of dreams that aren’t there?
    Is it wicked not to care when you’ve wasted many hours
    Talking endlessly to anyone that’s there?
    I know the truth awaits me
    But still I hesitate because of fear

    Skipping tickets making rhymes
    Is that all that you believe in?
    Wearing rags to make you pretty by design
    Rusting armor for effect
    It’s not fun to watch the rust grow
    For it will all be over when you’re dead

    Counting acts and clutching thoughts
    By the river where the moss grows
    Over rocks the water running all the time
    Is it wicked when you smile Even though you feel like crying
    Even though you could be sick at any time?

    But if there was a sequel
    Would you love me as an equal?
    Would you love me till I’m dead

    Or is there someone else instead?

  • aiaslives 9:04 am on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

    “Piazza, New York Catcher” by Belle and Sebastian 

    Elope with me Miss Private and we’ll sail around the world

    I will be your Ferdinand and you my wayward girl

    How many nights of talking in hotel rooms can you take?

    How many nights of limping round on pagan holidays?

    Oh elope with me in private and we’ll set something ablaze
    Life outside the diamond is a wrench

    From the comments:

    The song is about when Stuart Murdoch was dating his future wife, Marisa Privitera (they married in 2007). At the time they were both baseball fans and would meet at the ballpark. This would have been around 2002 when rumors were spread about Piazza being gay. There’s a Rolling Stone article from earlier this year explaining it.

    • – –

    I’ll always remembering ruining this song for a Northern Irish girl I was friends with by telling her that it was partially about baseball, which is something I geek out about. She shared it with me and mentioned that she listened to it on repeat on a long bus ride home. I immediately said “Hey, this song is about baseball!” and tried to explain all the baseball imagery to her. She was completely uninterested. That fanaticism was a part of me that she hated. She thought the song was referring to a “catcher” catching a train at 3:18, a time rather than Piazza’s batting average. She missed the Willie Mays pun entirely!

  • aiaslives 10:09 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: browsers, firefox, privacy   

    Browser Privacy 


    It’s only about 80% done. Thought I might as well put it up.

    WordPress has terrible formatting, so here’s the org file (aka plain text file written in org-mode syntax):

    Use this online org-mode viewer to avoid pain:
    (or better, just use emacs)

  • aiaslives 9:19 am on November 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: rich   

    “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine 

  • aiaslives 7:14 pm on October 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    “As long as I have you” by Alpaca Sports 

  • aiaslives 10:05 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: If wishes were horses   

    “Emily Kane” by Art Brut 

    So much about you I miss
    Everytime I see a couple kiss
    I hope this song finds you fame
    I want school kids on buses singing your name

    I don’t even know where she lives
    I’ve not seen her in ten years
    Nine months, three weeks, four days
    Six hours, thirteen minutes, five seconds

    From the comments:

    > He actually tracked her down, and met up with her about 5 years after this was released. She wasn’t interested
    > Talked about it at a gig

  • aiaslives 9:00 pm on August 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , insane   

    “Keeping Track of Time” by Club 8 

    From their eponymous album.

    A very upbeat end to the album.

  • aiaslives 8:49 pm on August 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , favourite   

    “I wasn’t much of a fight” by Club 8 

    From the album “Strangely Beautiful”

    This album is probably one of their best. You might need to be depressed to really enjoy it. The album “The boy who couldn’t stop dreaming” is probably a happier analogue.

    Club 8 is one of the most popular Swedish indie / twee pop bands. Johan AngergÄrd alone is reponsible for the majority of great modern (post-95?) twee pop.

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