Monday Music: the If You Want Me, I’m Your Country edition

“I like the sweet life and the silence, but it’s the storm that I believe in.”

I could launch into a long monologue about the Eternal Feminine right now, but I’m not going to subject you to that. It’s a beautiful, breezy Monday in Amman, I’m going to Ukraine at the end of the week, to hopefully plan a not-entirely-shitty 25th birthday for myself, a good commencement for the inevitable quarter-life crisis and all that, and Habib is remaining behind, to feed the kitties and play video games when he’s not at work. It doesn’t feel right, but then again, I’m always paranoid about the possibility of racist attacks against him in Ukraine, so maybe it is right.

I’m tired of having to choose whether to suffer neo-Nazis or perverts on a regular basis. I have this dream, or an illusion, or something, that if we can go back to the West, things will work themselves out (even though they don’t work out for everyone – particularly people who die in filthy detention centers). Maybe it’s silly of me, but it’s something to hold on to right now. Well, that and awesome music (with special thanks to Helen, who has been my MC extraordinaire these last few weeks):

Young Adult Friction – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
It Hurts To See You Dance So Well – the Pipettes
You Could Make a Killing – Aimee Mann
The Morning Fog – Kate Bush
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
College Town Boy – Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele
The Man With the Child in His Eyes – Kate Bush
In the Backseat – Arcade Fire
Gorod – Akvarium
Galapogos – Smashing Pumpkins

Speaking of love and love songs and Kate Bush, here is the Futurheads’ take on “Hounds of Love”:

I love the original, but this cover is pretty damn special as well.

“I’ve always been a coward.”

And since we’re talking covers, and MOAR LOVE, I can’t not post here the Manic Street Preachers doing “Umbrella” in London:

“Now that it’s raining more than ever, Know that we still have each other.”

And here is Hypernova, whom Kirsty Evans recently interviewed for GlobalComment, just for kicks:

5 thoughts on “Monday Music: the If You Want Me, I’m Your Country edition

  1. I’ve always considered Long Gone Before Daylight a deeply underappreciated album and have played it to the extent that my copy is almost molten. Seriously, I go into raptures over every single track; it is the epitome of sublime and a staple for my self-indulgent fits of moribund 🙂

  2. I love Aimee Mann. An old ‘Til Tuesday song, Coming Up Close is one of my all time favorites. It has a hint of country twang in it that”s reminiscent of The Cowboy Junkies. Or vice-versa

    There’s a vintage video of Coming Up Close on youtube that’s great, 80s hair and all.

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