>Rilo Kiley, Blake Sennett; ‘Conversations with Other Women’

>“Blake Sennett is so boring” is what I said about two minutes ago.

I kind of chuckled afterwards because he is one important half of the band Rilo Kiley. Jenny Lewis packs so much pop on the album The Execution of All Things, while Sennett sort of brings the life down with his lazy vocals.
Although, I have to give him serious props for his tune “Ripchord” which is one of my favourite Rilo Kiley songs (so maybe I shouldn’t be ripping him so hard):
It was brilliantly used in the film Conversations With Other Women in a sex scene of all places! I thought it was so tastefully done. Such a minimal, easy song to work with.
Which brings me to the film’s soundtrack itself. Very bare, but classy. It showcases four or five songs all by the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni (now Sarkozy too). It was because of this movie I found out about her music. She’s absolutely wonderful:
The trailer:

>The origin of 555, 555 posts and Odetta

>Early morning, I beat the sun up today!

This is my five hundred and fifty fifth post. Some friends and I were speaking of numbers and their meanings culturally. Devan claimed that eleven was a bad number, Laura pointed out that thirteen wasn’t highly regarded. Well, for a great change, 555 is actually not bad. In Thailand, 555 is interchangeable for laughing because in Thailand the number five is pronounced as “ha.” So, it very roughly translates to “ha ha ha.” It’s obviously not used in person but more of a slang online.
555 in the North America is associated with being OK. In the Second World War, the radio response 5X5 means that you have full signal and full strength. 5 by 5 is another way of saying you’re alright.
So folks, I’m five by five.

Have you heard of her? I hadn’t until about two years ago around the time she died in 2008. Odetta Holmes was born in Alabama but early on in life moved to Los Angeles, California. She made it big in the fifties and sixties as a leading folk artist. Interestingly, Martin Luther King Jr. regarded her as the “The Queen of American Folk.” She was one of Bob Dylan’s main influences.
He said:
“The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta. I heard a record of hers [Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues] in a record store, back when you could listen to records right there in the store. Right then and there, I went out and traded my electric guitar and amplifier for an acoustical guitar, a flat-top Gibson. … [That album was] just something vital and personal. I learned all the songs on that record. It was her first and the songs were:- “Mule Skinner“, Waterboy“, Jack of Diamonds

>Sunday Morning

>I spent a good chunk of my morning uploading CDs. Is there anything more painful than uploadingi and re-uploading CDs onto your computer?

Recently realised that I have far too many CDs that I haven’t gotten around to listening to. I’m going to really give them a go this week.

I also did a record swap with a mate and never got around to listening to any of his CDs that he lent me. I’m a flop of record club friend.
I did however find a lovely cover of “Jolene” by Luke Doucet and his daughter Chloe. She must be like twelve!
And I can’t help but think of that terrific Eels tune “Saturday Morning” by my subject of this note, although, it is Sunday.

>Modest Mouse ‘Interstate 8’


On another note, I finally found Modest Mouse’s Interstate 8. An incredibly hard album to come by!!

Interstate 8 is the second EP release by the band put out in 1996. Much out of print and I definitely paid much too much for it.
I can finally listen to “Edit the Sad Parts” on my CD player at home!!!!!!
The last few tracks on the EP are live recordings done in Isaac Brock’s garage, Live in Sunburst, Montana.

>Bobby Long "Who Have You Been Loving"

>”Who Have You Been Loving” is an amazing tune that Rich Terfry has been playing the crap out of. I like the recorded version so much for the Modest Mouse like guitar bits at the beginning. I dug everywhere around Youtube to find a recorded version, but absolutely no luck. So instead you getta link to his Myspace.

He’s playing the Revival soon, I half want to go just to check out the venue. A lot of ‘urban’ (I feel incredibly musically ignorant to say that) artists play there, so I’ve never really had a reason to go.
His new album drops February 1.