What's Playing, Volume 11
by Turtle Jones

It's that time again!

Time for us to tell you what we are listening to. I hit the CD player and Michele turns on her compy thingy. If you haven't figured out how we write this, I'll tell you. We hit whatever is on and then tell you not so much about the band, more about the feelings we get from the song. We listen to it about six times then kick out our feelings then share what we came up to you and hope you will do the same.

Phantom Planet - Big Brat

I have to start out by telling you I have no idea why this was on. I mean I think they are a great band and I love this CD, but someone must have put it on looking for that "California" song from the OC not realizing this was a little different. Yes. People come over to my house all the time and steal my dog and turn on music. Half the time I am talking to Michele, there is someone here watching TV or out playing with the dog. But, be that as it may, I didn't put this in. But, thats cool. I can do this.fight.jpg

Getting in fights suck. There is no other way around this. It fucking sucks to spit up blood the same night you are stitching up some wound then to piss blood in the morning after you took too many hits to the gut. Buying a shot of vodka to pour on your knuckles is no way to live. There's no winners in a fight. The only thing that you have is your back and if your friend doesn't have it when you are down hard, he isn't worth shit. I never asked anyone to help me out. It's just an unasked question that is usually answered. But, if something happens, especially when your friend starts it and you have to cool it down then get surrounded by three or four other people, you better god damn well get my back. I'll fall down for you, but if you stand out watching me fall and don't do your damndest to take one of these fuckers to hell you, then you ain't worth shit. I can take a lot but this is too much. You started this. I backed you. I took out two. I can't take out any more and now it's your turn. I'm down so don't leave me here to be kicked god dammit. Get my god damn back.

Sometimes it happens. Sometimes you get backed up.

Sometimes it doesn't and you say goodbye to a friend the next day. - T

Brand_New_Deja_Entendu_large.jpgBrand New - I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light

Make fun at will. I love this band so much and I will make no excuses for it. At least my "What's Playing" record is still Air Supply free.

This is a great song about touring and just wanting it to end. Feeling like you’ve had enough and you miss home and even though you are putting out for your fans every night, you just feel empty and used and homesick. They really capture the feeling here, so that even if you don’t know what it’s like to tour, you know what he’s talking about. When he sings

I won't see home till spring.
Oh, I would kill for the Atlantic,
but I am paid to make girls panic
while I sing.

You can feel the longing for home, the frustration and maybe a little bit of bitterness. And in the last verse there’s just this sense of resignation in his voice. Because he knows that after he finally gets home he’s gonna get up and do it all again. I think we've all been in a place like that before. We do this cause we can, not for the thrill. Sometimes it's not enough. But you trudge on anyhow.

Jesse Lacey writes some amazing lyrics. You should really check this band out if you never heard them. Their first album, Your Favorite Weapon, is kind of upbeat and clever. The second album, Deja Entendu, is more mature lyrically and musically and is one of my favorite albums of all time. Shoot me a gmail if you want to hear more tunes.

Plus, they are from Long Island. Represent.

This has not been a paid announcement. -M

So that's our take for this lazy Sunday. Some of like to cut ourselves on cans of beans and some of lost our dog hours ago and have to keep the door opening wondering where the hell she is at. But, no matter what we are both listening to music.

This is what we have.

What do you have?


I don't like cutting myself. It just happens.

But I have a cool slit in my finger that looks like the Nike swoosh now.


i dont like losing my dog either


The Ergs - Obligatory Song About Killing One's Boyfriend.

I don't know why but I love obsessive love songs like this. Your Shadow by the Exploding Hearts is another really good example.


Tim, try Shellac - Prayer to God


Ok, just listened to it. The only Albini band I'd heard before that was Big Black and that was a whole lot different. Good song. Bit more violent and hateful than the Ergs, but good.


talking heads tentative desicion

again, thank tesco he's all over my work computer.


I'm a little late to comment here, but I just wanted to heartily agree with you on Brand New, and Deja Entendu in particular. I think I've already agreed with your love of them back on A Small Victory, but I want to reiterate.

They are ridiculously fantastic. And their albums never get old for me.

In fact, there is little I like more than going to bed drunk with Brand New blasting. I'm not sure why, but it's very satisfying, in that blissful drunk way. You know what I'm talking about.

I await November 21 and the new album. I just hope it's not a disappointment.


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