“Goodnight, Bad Intentions” by squint

March 28, 2010

I’ve got a personal connection with this one. The lead singer is my brother, and one of the guitarists is On Deaf Ears co-blogger Normalnorman.

You might think that makes me biased, but it really doesn’t. I’m a critic even when it comes to my own brother, and I tell him honestly what I think of his band’s music, performances, lyrics, whatever.

So you can trust me when I tell you that this song rocks.

Album to follow in July!

squint – “Goodnight, Bad Intentions”

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For Beeker

June 30, 2008

Squint - Beeker

We lost a beloved family member last night. He lived a long and happy life, surrounded by people who loved him. He may be the only dog to have an album named after him, which is the tenuous connection to music that I’m using as an excuse to post this here. He will be missed.

I don’t think I know any good songs about dogs, although I know some bad ones. If any of you do know any good ones, please let me know. In the meantime, here’s Rudyard Kipling instead.

The Power Of The Dog
by Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie —
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find — it’s your own affair —
But … you’ve given your heart for a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone — wherever it goes — for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart for the dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long —
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Rest in peace, old friend.


New Okkervil River, plus non-ACL Austin show

June 29, 2008

Okkervil River - The Stand-InsThis is old news (last month) but it’s new to me so I’m posting it anyway.

The new Okkervil River album, The Stand-Ins, is coming out September 9th. And, via Sonic Itch (which I am finding increasingly useful and hence adding to our teeny-tiny blogroll–see update to Jason’s Frightened Rabbit post), those of us in Austin will be able to see them at Stubb’s during the ACL Festival. It will be their second show of the day, so I hope they aren’t too tired to deliver the goods.

They’re touring, so those of you elsewhere should go to their site and find out when you can see them. I can’t link directly to the tour dates due to stupid Flash stuff.

Below is a nice little murder ballad, “Westfall,” from Don’t Fall in Love With Everyone You See, which, quite unintentionally I’m certain, has a very similar chord progression to “Michigan” by squint–you can sing one over the other. “Michigan” is not available for online listening so you can’t compare unless you have it already (get on it, Norman!), but you can hear a sample here.

I’m certain I’ll be posting more Okkervil River song links as the album release and Austin show approach, unless Jason beats me to it.