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Put Your Best Suit or Dress On
01/01/09 at 07:50 PM by Julia Conny
Well, wow. My New Years was like a wild ride, and we all forget to wear seat belts. The night went swimmingly until the end when this crazy girl came flying at my friend like a blasted windmill and gave her a black eye. Nutty stuff. There was even champagne.

But seriously, it was a more than acceptable night. This is exactly how I wanted to bring in my 2009 - with guns a-blazin'. I even went grocery shopping today.

Unrelated note: I think I am going to buy this with my holiday money.

Tags: death cab for cutie, new years
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Free U.S. Government Money!!!
05/13/08 at 11:05 AM by Julia Conny
This morning, I was in a court room in Washington D.C. and you will never believe who was in there too, in his full, "questionable" get-up.

I'm totally serious. His real name is Matthew Lesko, and I guess no matter where he goes, no matter what needs to be addressed, he's looking for answers (and free government money!!)

Also, if you have a few minutes, check out my review for Death Cab's Narrow Stairs and my friend Lullo's muxtape. Maybe you can even make one too.
Tags: muxtape, death cab, review
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Oh My Talking Bird.
05/08/08 at 11:56 AM by Julia Conny
Currently listening to all of Narrow Stairs, and a retail version at that. My Starbucks got them in early, and I couldn't resist swiping one. Hey, I didn't download ANY leaks. I'm still buying the CD and I get perfect quality. Win win and win for a day that's not going so hot.

Going home later today to meet up with my mom. I really have some things I need to talk about, and because she is the most wonderful woman in the entire world, I know that her kind eyes will lead me in a straight path.

My head hurts.

But this album is really good. The kind that might give me a clean slate.
Tags: death cab, narrow stairs, moomie
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Elegantly Bound, Like A Book
05/06/08 at 08:44 PM by Julia Conny
6 more days.

Tags: death cab for cutie, countdown
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I Will Possess Your Heart
03/18/08 at 09:21 AM by Julia Conny
I am ultra stuffy, and my throat is scratchy. I feel the sickness seeping into my daily routine. I'm OK with this though. It's been awhile since I've come down with anything significant, most likely because I spent the last few months taking Emergen-C a couple times a day. I'm no superperson, anymore.

Right this second, I am sitting in my Starbucks, whittling away my words on this keyboard and drinking iced coffee. This may be one of my most comfortable positions. This may be the name of my game. But I imagine this comfortable feeling comes from the new Death Cab single, "I Will Possess Your Heart," that I bought from Amazon just a few hot seconds ago. I've already listened three times. This song is ... I don't even know the words just yet. Death Cab has always personified specific emotions and sentiments via the tones and structures of their music, but because they do it so differently and more special than any other band, I've always found it really hard to describe their music. Other than incredible.

Hmmm, interesting realization. As a reviewer, as someone who looks to write about music - breaking it down, criticizing it, applauding it, and over-analyzing its little do and dads - Death Cab is the ONLY band that breaks down my walls of formal response. I don't know what to think about this. Would this then mean that Death Cab is my favorite band of all time, because no words of mine can cast their script? I've always considered Death Cab ONE of my favorite bands, but I've never cast them as number one. Maybe I need to reorder my lists. Maybe it's this lack of words that should reserve a top position. Maybe I don't really decide my favorites, and my favorite is really Death Cab; it has decided me, and I never took the time to think it through. It's plausible, certainly. I've never grown tired of ANY DCFC albums. I like some songs more than others on their older releases, but on Transatlanticism, my favorite album of theirs, every song operates in the same speechless way.

Mind you, I say all of this in the wake of hearing their new single. But, why should I deny the moment?

How I wish you could see the potential, the potential of you and me
It's like a book elegantly bound, but it'll anguish that you can't read
You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window, I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective, when we'll be lovers, lovers at last
You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate plea
I won't let you, let me down so easily, so easily

You gotta spend some time - love, you gotta spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find - love, I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart

I have a lot to update about, more specifically the hilarity at this weekend's punk/hardcore/metal shows. Right now I am going to step away from Death Cab and finish my Lydia review.

Sigh. The sky is cloudy. That's all right with me.
Tags: death cab, moments, favorite
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Recommendations - 03.09.08
03/08/08 at 11:25 PM by Julia Conny
What have I been listening to, and what am I dissecting this week? Explore with me.

1. A Love Like Pi - A NJ unsigned band with an indie electronica hybrid that's been sticking with me for days, especially the song "Innocent Man".
Innocent Man

2. Bear Hands - An experimental indie Brooklyn number hearty with post-punk and Sonic Youth guitar textures. Reminds me a lot of Ra Ra Riot, which can only be a great thing.

3. In Bruges - Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell play two hit men, sent to Bruges to hide out after a job goes horribly wrong. It involves lots of midgets, blood, little boys, psychological and mental realizations and overcomings, and it's a whole lot more significantly impacting then you would think.

4. Rehashing your old Death Cab disco. Lately, I've been bringing in Transatlanticism and remembering exactly when and where I heard the album for the first time. A junior in high school, my mom and I took a random college-visiting trip to SUNY Stonybrook (one of the saddest campuses I've even seen ... sorry if you like it there, or something). We rode the train out from Manhattan, and it was just me and Death Cab and blurred lines of leaves and passing trees.

Earlier, I was watching an over-wrought Jennifer Aniston. She was convinced The Graduate (the movie, not the band) was derived from her family's own tales. Rumor Has It, I believe the movie was called. The flick was pregnant with master realizations, the kind that were wholly unbelievable. Instead of getting mad, I thought, Do I have any of those? Any of those moments where things become clear? A full moment of comprehension? And they stay that way, even if I don't spend every moment from that point consciously reacting in their presence. A Transatlanticism train ride qualifies. Definitely, definitely qualifies.

On a basic level, I realized how much I loved Death Cab. On a slightly more significant level, I realized how much I loved Transatlanticism and how full albums can be mystic rides and graceful woos. Maybe a little bit more significant, I learned that connecting to a musician or band went farther than lyrical content or general upkeep. It was also about the instrumentals - how the electronics engulf and echo, how the guitars sound, how the layers uphold, how the percussion bounces, how the transitions move and sequence ... all of that was part of a bigger picture. If the bigger picture is really good - like it was on the train that morning - then the music is coherent and inherent to the tones and texture of the scene around you, which is why I can still see the neighborhoods Mom and I pass by and the fabric of our passenger seats.

So I guess to answer my question, those moments do exist outside the movies.
Tags: recs, recommendations, bear hands, a love like pi, in burges, death cab for cutie
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