Monthly Archives: March 2009

“I’m sure that it’s hard being you”

Sketch by Rodolphe Guenoden

Sketch by Rodolphe Guenoden

Clem Snide – “The Curse of Great Beauty” from The Ghost of Fashion [2001]

Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay is almost too literate to be taken seriously.  But he’s just so damned clever. I think this song is not necessarily a great introduction to the band’s sound, but I can’t get this song out of my head, so I unleash it to the blog-public. It’s a masterpiece of understatement; almost strictly vocals on top of a little organ warble.  Check out all of Your Favorite Music for a better sense of why Clem Snide is so good.

Clem Snide’s got a new album out. They’re on tour.

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Posted by Phil

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Harmonica Favorites, Pt. 3

Yes.  Yes, please.

Yes. Yes, please.

Talk Talk – “The Rainbow” from Spirit of Eden [1988]

Talk Talk used to be another Duran Duran until they holed up in a church and refused to let EMI hear anything from their fourth LP (Spirit of Eden).  Imagine, if you will, a horrified record executive listening to this commercially unpalatable nonsense, flabbergasted at a lack of anything resembling a single and no way to put on a successful world tour.

In any case, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock (their final LP) are important records, the products of fertile and talented musical imaginations (most notably that of Mark Hollis), records that transcend genre and time.  If someone put out this record last year, it would be hailed as a triumph.  If they had put this album out in the seventies, it would be a hidden gem.

But this is a post about harmonicas, and I have never heard a harmonica sound like this.  All distorted and anguished and writhing, a beast of a thing, a perfect introduction to this brilliant “fuck you” of an album.  I mean seriously, harmonicas from a band that used to be just another new wave band?  Brilliant.

Buy it here

Posted by Phil


Filed under 1980s, Experimental, Jazz, Post-rock, Prog Rock