Lyrics That Make A Hipster’s Heart Flutter Part 3

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1x1.trans Lyrics That Make A Hipsters Heart Flutter Part 3

Celeste and Halley enjoy song lyrics, especially ones that make their hearts flutter. Here is part 1 and part 2 of their series of lyrical appreciation.

Stale conversation deserves but a bread knife.
(Vampire weekend – Step)

Really every lyric in this song makes my heart flutter (you’d curse the sun if it stepped to your girl) but if I had to choose just one it’d be this. I want it framed and hung on my wall (of course:

Always feeling tired/smiling when required/write another year off/and kindly resign
(Mac Demarco – Salad Days)

Hal and I have created mottos for every year – and each year they get slightly less enthusiastic and more depressing:

2011 why not?
2012 no shame
2013 let’s make it happen
2014 trashy but not illegal

our plan for 2015 is: Walk it off

2016 and 2017 will now be: ‘write another year off’ and ‘kindly resign’

Mr steak he’s such a bachelor at heart/he’d never met another cut that likes to booty booty shaky shake/Do you believe that steak couldn’t love/or is it hard to manage the fact of meat jerkin to the beat/But Mr. Steak he is practically an animal of joy/the rarest of all cuts: tenderloin!
(Kishi Bashi – The Ballad of Mr. Steak)

Everything about this song is amazing. First of all (unless I’m grossly misunderstanding it) it’s about a steak having a dance party. Second of all who ever thought they would hear Kishi Bashi utter the lyrics “booty booty shakey shake?”

All my friends think you might leave me for dead (Generationals – ten-twenty-ten)

This one’s all in the tone – yup. All my friends think you might leave me for dead. Also we’re out of dryer sheets.

You say ‘Christopher,’ I say ‘Walken’/You love, I love, Christopher Walken/I guess at least we’ve got the one thing in common
(Courtney Barnett – Pickles from the Jar)

Well of course you both love Christopher Walken, Courtney – you’re both human.

You say you need someone to love you, but it ain’t me
(The Kooks – Forgive & Forget)

This one reminds me of the story of how author John Green arranged his first date with his wife (no idea if it’s true but it kills me). He sent an email out to a group of friends, including his wife-to-be, asking if they wanted to go to a movie and then immediately sent a follow up to all his friends excluding his wife-to-be that just said “NOT YOU!”

You’re a no show/shows what I know.
(Bishop Allen – No Show)

If I ever get stood up for a first date, I’m texting him this.

I was scared of dentists and the dark/I was scared of pretty girls and making conversation.
(Vance Joy – Riptide)

All such reasonable phobias. Change that to handsome men and Vance Joy and I have the exact same fears.

Here come the jets/Hide my money in your tube socks
(New Politics – Harlem)

New Politics giving you some very reasonable places to stash your cash.

And to show our true hipster nature, we’re not limiting ourselves to the indie music genre (hipsters = multidisciplinary + artistic + can’t pin me down + full of feeling), we’re also invading the hip-hop space!

Oh hey Nicki Minaj:

Have a drink, clink, found a bud light/Bad bi*ches like me, is hard to come by.
(Nicki Minaj – Starships)

Honestly, Nicki, you befuddle us hipsters: Are you degrading women? Celebrating them? Or merely giving a shout out to Bud Lite? So many ways to interpret this woman’s genius. Hipster approved.

And one more lyric, to give some throw-back cred to the predecessors of our hipster generation: Mavis Staples for the ultimate win with “I Like the Things About Me”:

There was a time/When I wished my hair was fine/And I can remember when/I wished my lips were thin/Oh but now I wonder why should I be surprised/I like the things about me

Lest we forget, Meghan Trainor is not the first big-eyed, natural beautiful woman to sing about the glory of our true selves. Let’s all sing along to the goodness of gospel, reminding us it’s a-ok to ourselves the way we are (as long as we can fit into our skinny jeans…)

Concert Review: Sondre Lerche, TEEN, October 18, Lincoln Hall

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1x1.trans Concert Review: Sondre Lerche, TEEN, October 18, Lincoln Hall

Sondre Lerche has a riveting stage presence. You can listen to his records all you want, but to fully appreciate him you have to see him perform live. To watch this clean cut, polite, soft spoken, downright evanescent Norwegian man light up the stage for two hours is a thing of beauty (If you’ve ever seen the music video for two way monologue you know what I’m talking about – the man glows – he looks like he’s actually giving off light).

Lerche played to an enamored crowd at Lincoln Hall on Saturday. Along with crowd favorites “Two Way Monologue” and “Go Right Ahead” (which includes one of my favorite lyrics ‘if you want to party down/you gotta RSVP’), Lerche pulled heavily from his new album Please. Having seen Sondre Lerche three years ago when he played Lincoln Hall, I knew to expect a fantastic show, but I’d forgotten the conversational gems the man drops at his shows:

“Our van smells like sulfur. Turns out it’s the car and not us, we were relieved to find out, because let me tell you, touring gentlemen is not exactly a delicate scent.”

and after some laughter from the crowd:

“No seriously, spend a little time in our van and you’ll see what I mean. No wait, that’s creepy, don’t do that. Have a little respect for yourself.”

Lerche was backed by his drummer and bassist as well as the four members of the opening band TEEN. I was having some trouble thinking how I would describe the band but luckily the guy behind me missed the opener and turning to the girl next to him he asked “who are those girls on stage?” to which she responded “Dude, those are the rad rocker chicks who opened for Sondre.” Yep – a perfect description. Led by guitarist/vocalist Kristina “Teeny” Lieberson (formerly of Here We Go Magic) in her businesswoman slacks and sparkly gold blazer, the female foursome (three of whom are sisters) warmed up the crowd with their unique brand of indie rock, and doubled as back up singers for Lerche. After seeing more bands than I can count that are all male with a token female dinging the triangle, it was awesome to see these ladies dominating the stage with the only male counterpart being Lerche’s drummer subbing in on a couple songs to shake a little tambourine.

Lerche was at his best when he had the whole crew behind him – as he did for his final song (pre-finale) “Legends” off his new album. Leading the crowd into a “Whyyyyyyyyyyy-oh-why-oh-why-oh” sing-a-long, the song was a perfect wrap-up to the show and representative of the night overall – a solid mixture of edgy and cathartic but still lively and fun.

Concert Review: Placebo, October 15, Sound Academy

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1x1.trans Concert Review: Placebo, October 15, Sound Academy

Sometimes you leave a band behind, and sometimes, a band leaves you behind.

This was the ultimate theme for me last Wednesday night as I saw Placebo live.

To me, Placebo was always this upstart band in the late nineties with a love of Bowie, a mischievous, androgynous frontman and a swath of lyrics that are mysterious at best and nonsensical at worse. I mean, c’mon, look at some of the lyrics of Pure Morning:

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend with weed is better,
A friend with breasts and all the rest,
A friend who’s dressed in leather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
A friend who’ll tease is better ,
Our thoughts compressed,
Which makes us blessed,
And makes for stormy weather,

A friend in needs a friend indeed,
My Japanese is better,
And when she’s pressed she will undress,
And then she’s boxing clever

Seriously, what the hell was that about? Nobody really knows.

Back in the day, they were fresh, different and exciting. Their loud and aggressive sound was everything that Britpop wasn’t and let’s all face it, Britpop at that time had withered down to the likes of Cast and Gay Dad. I was quite a fan of them up to their third third album after which for some reason, I started to think they were old news and decided to look into other directions.

Yet, they moved on. The concert I saw on Wednesday was completely not what I had expected. Being old and seeing mostly older bands, I had expected that Placebo would follow a standard pattern – some new songs, old song, new song and then all the hits … which in my mind were tracks like “Pure Morning”, “Nancy Boy” and “36 Degrees.” Instead, Placebo did follow a similar pattern, only instead, their hits section was filled with songs after the early 00′s.

It was at this moment I realized that while I had partially abandoned Placebo as a band in 2003 or so, the band had continued on and dare I say, improved their material (and success) in the past decade.

I first saw Placebo in 2001 in Edmonton during their Black Market Music tour. Back then, they were an impressive three piece band. Since then, they have grown to include additional musicians. The group played over 90 minutes at Sound Academy and sounded rather good. Brian Molko seemed more comfortable as a front man than he was almost a decade and a half ago, egging on the fans at the right time and generally appreciating the fans as a whole.

The group played tracks from their entire discography, including tunes I have never heard of off their most recent release Loud Like Love which was pretty successful globally. The new material (by which I mean, music I hadn’t heard) all sounded pretty great and, dare I say, Molko’s songwriting has improved dramatically. The crowd at the Sound Academy loved it anyway. They play a really good brand of rock that was perfect for a stressed out individual such as myself.

Obviously, I was there for some of the older material and despite it’s limited appearances, it still gave me chills. “Every You and Every Me” was great despite sounding slightly rushed. You can almost make a case that it was one of the defining songs of the late 90s, having been a big hit and also being the feature song from Cruel Intentions, one of the more defining movies for the young’uns of the 90s (despite being based on a story from the 1700s).

My other favorite moment from the show was during the encore, when they sang their incredible cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill.” Placebo has always done great covers (check out their version of T-Rex’s “20th Century Boy”). It is one of my favorite covers ever and to hear it live was great. It also brought back memories of the OC, since it was the track that started off season 4 after Marissa had died in a contract dispute accident (Neither the show or Mischa Barton survived that one. I made this joke five years ago sadly:

Check out this OC video *chills*

Apparently it was also used for Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker and also ,Vampire Diaries.

Anyways, I am rambling, but to summarize: Placebo – still good live as ever, have released many good songs since their initial push and I’m sad I didn’t really know those tracks because it would have made for a smashing good time instead of merely a good time.

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