Bridgers’ “Smoke Signals” is a beautiful haunting song that reminds me a little of Liz Phair in her delivery. I had heard this song before and really liked it–I especially loved the arrangement, which had echoing guitars that reminded me of Twin Peaks.
“For this Tiny Desk, Bridgers and percussionist Marshall Vore came to Bob Boilen’s hotel room just before midnight to play the striking ‘Smoke Signals.'” The music is great with Bridgers’ open chords, and Vore’s suitcase percussion, children’s toy bells and vocal harmony. The cho and vibe are removed in this version which means you must really listen to the words–which are pretty intense.
I like how she talks about musicians in such an interesting way:
Singing ‘Ace of Spades’ when Lemmy died / nothing’s changed LA’s alright
and then later
Its been on my mind since Bowie died/ just checking out to hide from life
The toy bells and harmonies are a really nice touch, but again, it’s those lyrics:
I went with you up to
The place you grew up in
We spent a week in the cold
Just long enough to
“Walden” it with you
Any longer, it would have got old
This song is a little too slow for my preferences, but it’s very beautiful. I’d like to hear more from her.
[READ: February 5, 2016] The Good Neighbors: Kin
This book was on the new shelf at my library. And since I like Black and Naifeh I was grabbed it. Then I saw that it actually came out in 2008. Whatever.
It also turns out that my library has book two of this trilogy but neither had book 3 (which came out in 2010). What gives?
Holly Black is best known (by me anyway) as having written The Spiderwick Chronicles.
This story is actually a YA graphic novel and it definitely skews older. But like Spiderwick, it deals with a normally unseen world coming into contact with out own. (more…)