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Song of the Month, June 2007 = So Begins Our Alabee (09 Jul 2007 at 17:02)
All my websites were down this morning while I updated the arbitrary unique number that identifies my computer on the internet. I think they should be working now, but since I haven't changed that in 6 years there might be some problems still. Let me know if so. Also Song of the Month:

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This months's song of the month is So Begins Our Alabee by of Montreal. I got both Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? and The Sunlandic Twins at the same time so I can't really tell them apart, but this is a Sunlandic tune.

Back in college I listened to Of Montreal a little bit and played them on WRCT but mainly as a kind of methadone treatment while we waited for other mainline artists like Neutral Milk Hotel (never came) and The Apples in Stereo (maybe not a monotonic plummet but certainly Cauchy) and The Olivia Tremor Control (likewise implosion) releases or even stuff like Belle and Sebastian that I always associate with Elephant 6 even though they are like not even distant cousins.

And sometimes I have this sad thought that some band that I own one of their CDs and they are moderately interesting that I once saw unenthusiastically open for some other mildly successful indie band, that this band is so low on my radar it is almost undetectably low, like when top guns fly their jets below the radar to avoid detection, but here's it's because their wings are too small or something like that, not because they are deliberately dodging the radio waves. That this band is borne out of the absence of music, the raw embarrassment that mostly empty record store shelves would feel if they only had the discs from the bands. And the sad thought is not that B-movies and B-bands and B-sides exist but that probably some of the people in these bands think that their bands are not weekend side projects but actually really super, that they have written some really standout original pop tunes and are just working their way to the top and wondering if maybe they should only have started their band's name with A or 0-9 or Zyzzyvas for the minor abecedarian advantage bestowed for such early or late placement in otherwise arbitrary orderings. Like that they take themselves far seriouslier than their CMJ ranking justifies. This is sad to me, sadder even than when a formerly great band starts Cauchying to 0.

So Of Montreal was a shoe-in for this month's song of the month artist since I used to kind of think that this band maybe should have changed its name to Zyzzyvas but have they made a turn for the A-list. (Thanks to jaked1 for making me listen. I responded to his e-mail: "dude these are some fucked up motherfuckers") Both of these albums are filled with great songs, and as I write this "Alabee" is my current favorite, but other highlights include Forecast Fascist Future, The Party's Crashing Us, Requiem for O.M.M.2, Suffer for Fashion, Cato as a Pun, etc. The width of their sound is mind blowing. It's clear Kevin Barnes (that's the pilot of this jet craft) is kind of a messed up insane genius, but in the recording asylum is the perfect place for such people. Don't stop!
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Neal (69.138.245.144) – 07.09.07 20:52:32
Hi. Ugif message board is up and running but ugif proper is still down.
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Tom 7 (66.167.9.49) – 07.10.07 00:23:11
Oops, I guess other people (Don) have to fix their DNSes too.
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Sridhar (24.7.80.145) – 07.22.07 01:55:08
"Cato as a Pun" is a nearly-as-good successor to it, but, as far as I'm concerned, "Sink the Seine" shies away from perfection only in being too short to allow its full appreciation.
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Tom 7 (128.2.203.136) – 07.22.07 15:42:40
Yeah, that song is muy bien
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Hock (66.92.0.215) – 07.24.07 13:52:36
Mind talking about your ICFP entry?
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Tom 7 (24.131.17.8) – 07.24.07 20:57:32
I will post soon.
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 08.11.07 15:24:55
I don't know so many of the Of Montreal musics, but I think that "Rapture Rapes The Muses" is my personal favorite song.
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Tom 7 (c-24-131-17-8.hsd1.oh.comcast.net) – 08.12.07 00:20:37
You should definitely check out The Sunlandic Twins!
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 08.19.07 14:11:10
That suggestion has proven very wise...
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-250-247.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.19.07 15:50:58
I'm glad!
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 08.21.07 19:33:04
And now I come riding upon your tails... Sophia's song of the month for August = So Begins Our Alabee
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Nels (c-71-199-114-8.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.23.07 22:48:00
After listening to our illegal copy for so long, I actually went out and bought the Sunlandic Twins. That's how much I like.
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 09.13.07 17:05:27
And continuing to follow right behind you, Sophia song of the month for September = "Bunny Ain't No Kind Of Rider". With close runner up being "We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling" or "Cato As A Pun" or "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" or "Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse". Basically their latest couple of albums are just non-stop fucking genius, thank you again for the poking...
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Tom 7 (66.167.91.121) – 09.14.07 09:46:13
Yeah, as soon as I get mildly tired of one song I just listen to the next song on the CD, it's great! ("Bunny" gets stuck in my head all the time.)
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 09.25.07 11:15:07
So I'm just gonna keep this page alive as an ongoing Of Montreal journal, perhaps for life, ya know...

Funny/exciting combination of events yesterday: I happened to be driving in Newton yesterday afternoon (a suburb right outside of Boston), and a car passes me and I swear I see Kevin Barnes in the passenger seat. A couple seconds later, we're both stopped at a red light right next to each other, and I'm taking this opportunity to stare on over and evaluate the situation more, and this person is staring back at me (probably due to my odd glaring), and I'm thinking, jeez, that really seems to be Kevin Barnes, and I mean, he's kind of a unique looking person, but their tour doesn't bring them here for another 3 weeks, so this doesn't make sense. He has a doppelganger I guess?

Then I get home and I look at the myspace and there's a bulletin message from Of Montreal that half the band (Kevin and Bryan) will be doing a special special acoustic show in Boston tomorrow as part of a fundraiser event at Berklee. Ah ha! And how exciting! I get to see them twice in the next month! And I don't have to wait three more weeks anymore either! And that probably explains what he was doing about town.

Also, it was the first time I was actually glad that I use myspace. Although honestly, I might have even done some online searching about Kevin Barnes in Boston if I hadn't seen that, just to quell my puzzlement, and then perhaps I would have found out about the show that way, but still...

Funny cuz this comes the month after Broken Social Scene did a last-minute-announced "myspace secret show" in Boston, which part of what tipped me off on that one [activate grammar police repellant] was that I got off the subway that afternoon and, just as I got above ground, saw Kevin Drew and Leslie Feist walk by me on Mass Ave. Is this indicative of how out of the loop I've gotten on the music scene, that band members literally need to find me on the street in order to announce their presence in town?
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-91-110.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 09.25.07 12:05:06
I wish J Mascis and Lou Barlow had notified me when they played their reunion tour show in Pittsburgh last year, whoops.
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 09.26.07 08:09:19
Yeah me too! I also missed that one, because I just didn't know about it until after it happened.
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Sophia (76.24.8.10) – 10.22.07 11:43:47
Oh hey look, they are still reunion touring and reaching your state again on Nov 20th at Mr. Smalls in Millvale, PA. I read this on the internet resource dinosaurjr.com
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Tom 7 (pokemon.wv.cc.cmu.edu) – 10.22.07 12:13:23
I saw this on our hipster freesheet!
I should go, even though mr. Smalls is kind of a crummy venue...
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