This was the song of the day on NPR on March 14th. While NPR describes it as like 90s indie rock, I find it to be much more like early 2000s indie rock (think The Strokes or Arctic Monkeys). True, those bands were playing in the spirit of 90s rock, but they had a slightly different take on things–cleaner, perhaps.
So, while the guitars are buzzy and distorted, the vocals are up front and clear (even if the words aren’t entirely understandable–a neat trick that). The song is under three minutes and has a catchy, powerful chorus. I’ll bet it’s a lot of fun to hear live, although honestly I don’t think it’s anything all that special.
[READ: March 9, 2012] “Ever Since”
I’ve enjoyed many of Antrim’s stories in the past. And, I rather enjoyed this one as well.
This was a fairly simple story of a man who has not let go of the woman who broke up with him a year earlier. And how she haunts him and his current relationship still.
The opening of the story is really quite wonderful. It didn’t really have an impact on me at first but when I reread it, I realized it’s a wonderful precis of the story:
Ever since his wife had left him–but she wasn’t his wife, was she? he’d only thought of her that way, had begun to think of her that way, since her abrupt departure, the year before, with Richard Bishop [I'm interrupting to say wow, has he packed a lot into a dependent clause. And then he continues with the rest of the powerful descriptor]–Jonathan had taken up a new side of his personality, and become the sort of lurking man who, say at work or at a party, mainly hovers on the outskirts of other people’s conversations, leaning close but not too close, listening in while gazing out vaguely over their heads in order to seem distracted and inattentive waiting for the conversation to wind down, so that he can weigh in gloomily and summarize whatever has just been said.
Now, THAT, dear readers, is a SENTENCE!
To make him even more pathetic, when he summarizes an idea he often claims that his ex-wife felt a certain way about it…and then explaining that she wasn’t really his ex-wife.
The crazy thing is that Jonathan has a new love in his life: Sarah, the kind of woman who appears by his side at a party (a work party for her) and says, “Hey Buster, lets’ go fuck in the bathroom.” It’s unclear whether she was joking, which makes it even more fun. (more…)