Archive | December, 2008

[Themed] The War of Northern Aggression, Part 4

28 Dec


For want of any better concepts at this time, I am posting yet another installment…

Dolorean – Violence in the Snowy Fields (From Violence in the Snowy Fields)
Blood shows up pretty well on snow.

The Fainting Fansies – Volunteer Army (From The Red Shed)
At the start of the war, the Northern Army was comprised largely of volunteers–by the middle of the war the North was increasingly reliant on conscription.

The Go! Team – We Just Won’t Be Defeated (From Thunder, Lightning, Strike)
The Go! Team–kindred spirits with Panic! At the Disco, if only because of their love of the exclamation point mid-name. I guess this could be the North’s fight song?

Willy Mason – Fear No Pain (From Where the Humans Eat)
Religious conviction helped men on both sides go into battle with less apprehension of death, and this song kind of sums that up.

The Avett Brothers – Die Die Die
The title says it all, I think. Plus, the Avett Brothers are from North Carolina.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Army Bound (Demo)
I like this version better than the one that appeared on Living With the Living, but that might just be me. Either way, it’s good.

Buy ’em up:
Yep Roc
The Fainting Fansies Myspace
Columbia
Virgin
Ramseur Records
Touch and Go

[Themed] The Halls are Decked, the Boughs are Hollied

25 Dec

I have a hard time believing that it’s Christmas tomorrow, it certainly doesn’t feel like it to me…and yet, I am surrounded by abundant reminders that it is indeed that time of the year once again. Thus, I will supply you a non-militaristic installment of music for the blog. I do have to say to my Jewish friends that I would have liked to put up a Hanukkah-themed post as well, but unfortunately I lack a sufficient number of relevant selections. Perhaps one day when my music collection has grown more voluminous I’ll make up for this transgression.

So, here are some tunes. A merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, fun-filled Festivus, and joyous Kwanzaa to all, and to all a good night.

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone – Cold White Christmas (From Etiquette)
It’s a downer, but it’s awesome.

Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy (From In the Aeroplane Over the Sea)
It’s a downer, and not really relevant until the very end, but still awesome.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – The Night Santa Went Crazy (From Greatest Hits, Vol. 2)
It’s no “Amish Paradise,” but when I was ten, the images of bloodshed, destruction, and venison this song evoked seemed pretty cool.

Sufjan Stevens – Sister Winter (From Peace: Vol. 5)
A song that slowly builds to an apex of holiday epicness, as only Sufjan can do it.

Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (From Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture)
Elf is a mehhh film, but Zooey Deschanel has a very nice voice.

Modest Mouse – Jesus Christ Was an Only Child (From The Lonesome Crowded West)
Isaac Brock, putting the Christ back in Christmas!

Everclear – Santa Monica (From Sparkle and Fade)
Ok, this is a stretch. But a clever pun, no?

Buy ’em up:
Tomlab
Merge
Amazon.com (Because Scotti Bros. went belly-up years ago)
Asthmatic Kitty
Up Records
Capitol

[Themed] The War of Northern Aggression, Part 3

22 Dec


My classes on the South and on the Civil War may be over, but the inventory of songs that I have amassed which are vaguely related to them is not. So, I have returned with yet another installment of the epic series on the Civil War, where I make far-fetched connections between songs and the great conflict which pitted brother against brother.

I decided that considering the month in which we presently find ourselves, today was as good as any for a Decemberists double-shot.

The Decemberists – The Soldiering Life (From Her Majesty)

Being a soldier in the Civil War was not exactly a fun time. Rations were often meager, disease ran rampant, and if you were seriously injured, there was no anesthesia for when they lopped off your limbs. However, the spirit of camaraderie exhibited in this song often rang true.

And you
My brother in arms
I’d rather I’d lose my legs
Than let you come to harm

Personally, if I were a soldier in the Civil War I’d much prefer to keep my legs, but I’m a selfish bastard so take that with a grain of salt. Or a bite of saltpork.

The Decemberists – 16 Military Wives (From Picaresque)

I already went on a rant about military wives in my last post in this series, so I suppose I stole this post’s thunder in that regard. It doesn’t matter though, because this is an excellent song. Plus, Colin Meloy’s math skills never cease to amaze.

Buy ’em up:
Kill Rock Stars

[Themed] The War of Northern Aggression, Part 2

3 Dec


The pangs of guilt I feel for having not updated my blog have led me away from my studies (which ironically enough at the moment consists of reading a book called The Confederate War) to bring you, loyal reader, a second installment of the ongoing series of songs with a fratricidal flourish…so with no further gilding the lily and absolutely no adieu whatsoever I give you some additional selections.

The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (From The Band)

There is no stretch to be made while explaining this song’s relevance to the topic put forth–it’s just a straight-up tale of the Civil War from a Confederate perspective.

Josh Ritter – Girl in the War (From The Animal Years)

It is worth noting that women disguised as men saw combat for both the Union and Confederacy during the war. Women’s contributions on the home front also should not be overlooked.

Buy ’em up:
Capitol
V2