November 22, 2008

hustlers grab your guns

Dear Christmas,

I think you're pretty great! But just in case, you're planning on playing it low-key, please be awesome this year. Oh and if you can pass that on to New Years Eve as well, that'd be swell this time. Gracias.

x Sabletooth Tiger



I don't like the idea of Christmas shopping for people. I'd prefer making something great, but my skills with that sort of thing are touch and go. Just a gathering of good friends, food and lots of it, and warm frothy beverages is all I really want. I have been making my list though. Several in fact! I find that it's best to organize this sort of thing so you know what to expect and how to expect it.

LIST OF UNREALISTIC MATERIAL WANTS:
  1. Nikon D80
  2. A half size (44 key?) mini keyboard
  3. the large Anna Corinna City Tote in some sort of gray color...
Ok. Luckily those are only three things. But still. Costly, none the less when combined.



LIST OF UNREALISTIC METAPHYSICAL WANTS:

  1. Every time I decend the stairs to the subway platform, an express train pulls in
  2. Pumpkin pie year-round
  3. To be in the right place at the right time, all the time
  4. The things I want to want me
  5. A raise?
Basically the things I really want are pretty much unrealistic? They have that in common. I suppose I got bored with entertaining attainable goals and desires some time ago. Has it been problematic for me since? Somewhat. But aiming high is really no disappointment when you have little to no expectations.


BRILLIANT COVERS I'LL PROBABLY NEVER GET OVER, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
  1. M.Ward- Let's Dance (Better than Bowie. I kid you not.)
  2. Cake - I Will Survive (disco meets pastry)
  3. Sia - Paranoid Android
  4. Cat Power - New York (Frank Sinatra is rollicking in his grave)
  5. Johnny Cash - Hurt
  6. Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (I thought this was the original and then the Knife blew my mind)
  7. Nouvelle Vague - The Killing Moon (I wish I had her voice but only for sometimes)
  8. Seu Jorge - Life on Mars (I actually like his whole Bowie repetoire, but then again this is my favorite Bowie song so...)
  9. She&Him - Bring it on home to me (Oh my gourd, that VOICE!)
  10. The Ramones - What a Wonderful World (classic)
  11. Placebo - Running up that Hill (Given my stigma to the 80's and my love of the 90s, this version is wayy better than Kate Bush's)
  12. Mates of State - California (Here we comeeeeee!)
  13. Imogen Heap - Hallelujah (I mean, it's been done so many times, but never this bare)
  14. Gipsy Kings - Hotel California
  15. The Kooks - Crazy (Taking one overbearing song and making it bearable/enjoyabley English)
  16. Owen Pallet AKA Final Fantasy - Peach, Plum, Pear (Brilliant song, less grating vocals)
  17. Rock Kills Kid - I Turn my Camera on (similar, but moodier)
  18. t.A.T.u. - How Soon is Now (pseudo-lesbians offer something that the Smiths never will)
  19. Ennio Morricone - About Her (Sex in your ear canals, I swear. I don't even know if you can call this a cover, it's probably more of a remix, but I don't care)
  20. Yael Naim - Toxic (slower, more twink, less production, sexier?)

So this last list, I was actually planning on compiling for some time now. Considering I collect covers and record some, this was long overdue.


Speaking of musical endeavors however, you know how you try something for the first time and it's really fun and exciting but you're kind of timid and unfamiliar with it so you kind of watch from the sidelines or something like that? And then the next time you try it again, you dive in headfirst and it's awesome?

This made zero sense probably, BUT...

That was like seeing the French Horn Rebellion for the second time. They play shows like parties with really good synth-electronic dance music and of course mad funky fresh beats. So so so much fun. Even if everyone was gettin down in down, since it was so frigid in the Glasslands that night.

A lot of fist-pumping, but not the Jersey kind, I swear!

1 comment:

(oh)joneses said...

if pumpkin pie (or in my case, sweet potato pie) were available year-round, there would be absolutely nothing redeemable about the cold, awful fall / winter / holiday season.