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PLAYLISTS – "Night"


I’ve always had the idea for a concept album that separated itself into “day songs” and “night songs,” where the former included organic, cheerful music and the latter consisted of more electronic, darker songs. Finally, I scrapped together some tunes (mostly from the 90s) into a playlist suitable for sweeping the streets at night…

“NIGHT”

The End Is The Beginning Is The End – The Smashing Pumpkins

Ava Adore – The Smashing Pumpkins

Eye – The Smashing Pumpkins

The Everlasting Gaze – The Smashing Pumpkins

Closer – Nine Inch Nails

Temptation Waits – Garbage

Push It – Garbage

The Trick Is To Keep Breathing – Garbage

You Look So Fine – Garbage

All Mine – Portishead

Undenied – Portishead

Army Of Me – Bjork

Bachelorette – Bjork

Play Dead – Bjork

All is Full of Love – Bjork

What Me Worry – St. Vincent

All My Stars Aligned – St. Vincent

I included the last two songs as a contrast to the previous tracks, a much more pleasant end to a series of melancholy moods.

Dawn.

VIDEO – St. Vincent – "Paris Is Burning" (DUMBO Session)


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St. Vincent’s DUMBO Session version of “Paris Is Burning” exhibits some of the best qualities of a stripped down performance. Normally well-produced, the song now exudes an intimate and raw energy, with a fullness still retained by Annie Clark’s incredible guitar prowess.

Click here for more info on the original version of the song, as well as the complete album review: St. Vincent – Marry Me

“Paris Is Burning”

I write to give word the war is over
Send my cinders home to mother
They gave me a medal for my valor
Leaden trumpets spit the soot of power they say

“I’m on your side when nobody is, cause nobody is
Come sit right here and sleep while I slip poison in your ear”

We are waiting on a telegram to give us news of the fall
I am sorry to report dear Paris is burning after all
We have taken to the streets in open rejoice revolting
We are dancing a black waltz fair Paris is burning after all

Enclosed in this letter there’s a picture
Black and white for your refrigerator
Sticks and stones have made me smarter
It’s words that cut me under my armor they say

“I’m on your side when nobody is, cause nobody is
Come sit right here and sleep while I slip poison in your ear”

We are waiting on a telegram to give us news of the fall
I am sorry to report dear Paris is burning after all
We have taken to the streets in open rejoice revolting
We are dancing a black waltz fair Paris is burning after all

Dance, poor people, dance and drown
Dance, fair Paris, to the ground
Dance, poor people, dance and drown
Dance, fair Paris, ashes now…

I heart Annie Clark.

St. Vincent – Marry Me


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In the dreamers’ world, there exist those who listlessly yearn and those who lead with vision. In such a case, St. Vincent (Annie Clark) falls into the latter category. A little awkward in a whole lot of beautiful, Annie’s debut album, Marry Me, may not suit everyone, but it certainly offers enough satisfaction for the casual listener. With two EPs under her belt, Annie also boasts exceptional rock credentials – time spent at Berklee and stints in The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens’ touring band. Kitschy production yields an album with dynamic changes and a clever mess of old and new musical effects, like Edith Pilaf mud wrestling Norah Jones – you might not get it, but there’s still some strange appeal.

Marry Me exudes playfully illustrious visions of life and love, with gentle instrumentation subtly backing Annie’s sultry voice. The record reaches extraordinary heights with the provocative, “Paris Is Burning.” A maniacally haunting waltz, Annie sings of the City of Lights en flamb√©: “We are waiting on a telegram to give us news of the fall / I am sorry to report dear Paris is burning after all / We have taken to the streets in open rejoice revolting / We are dancing a black waltz fair Paris is burning after all.” Her acknowledgment of the waltz feel further strengthens the devilishly celebratory nature of the song. A strong horn section adds an eery vintage charm to the entire piece.

“All My Stars Aligned” shines as the most shimmering of all her songs, and certainly offers a more uplifting perspective on love than her other tracks. “I read the signs / I got all my stars aligned / My amulets, my charms / I set all my false alarms / So I’ll be someone who won’t be forgotten / I’ve got a question and you’ve got the answer.” Annie succeeds in crafting a nostalgic scene, generating thoughts of cobblestone, old gas street lamps, and calm reflections off a wet river bridge.

St. Vincent creates a remarkably unique vision of the world, proving herself untouchable by other musicians with a similar sound. But, beneath all the frills and instrumental deviations, it all comes down to one simplistic truth – she’s just a girl singing her heart out about life…

“I do a dance to make the rain come / Smile to keep the sky from falling down, down, down, down / Collect the love that I’ve been given / Build a nest for us to sleep in here / You know it’s real.”

Hey, Annie… Marry me?