cassie - me & u (phazz remix)
inc. - careful (deebs edit)
JMSN ft. gilbere forte, anthm & deniro farrar - somewhere (JMSN remix) xSLOWEDx
little dragon - shuffle a dream (lanny may’s youth club mix)
mura masa x baltic - fade
miguel - do you… (cashmere cat remix) xSLOWEDx
hucci - cashmere
teedra moses - be your girl (kaytranada edition)
the-dream ft. casha – used to be (slava club remix)
the 1975 - sex (ryan hemsworth remix) xSLOWEDx
the xx - angels (andrea remix)
three 6 mafia – late nite tip (ryan hemsworth remix) xSLOWEDx
tinashe - stargazing (lwnmwhr remix) xTURNTx
tokimonsta- go with it (crnkn remix) (minimz future screw edit)
wayvee x 2 chainz - ask me
There’s a scene in the trailer for the 2010 Magnetic Fields’ documentary Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt And The Magnetic Fields where a cab driver asks
And…commence comments from the peanut gallery. MY top 11 Magnetic Fields songs:
11. All My Little Words (Pieces of April OST)
10. The Nun’s Litany (Distortion)
9. All the Umbrellas in London (Get Lost)
8. You Must Be Out Of Your Mind (Realism)
7. Take Ecstasy With Me (Holiday)
6. Strange Powers (Holiday)
5. Fear of Trains (The Charm of the Highway Strip)
4. Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing (69 Love Songs)
3. All My Little Words (69 Love Songs)
2. I Think I Need A New Heart (69 Love Songs)
1. The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side (69 Love Songs)
Jesse from RDC is moving to Austin, Texas to pursue a career in taxidermy.
I’m sorry, WHAT?!
Storytime with Ami: When I graduated from Wellesley, I really wanted to study taxidermy. I had just finished reading Melissa Milgrom’s excellent history of taxidermy, Still Life. I’d been a huge fan of artist and taxidermist Reid Peppard for many years. I was the daughter of Asian parents who had for the most part let me pursue my own interests for my entire life. But when I told my mother I wanted to study to become a taxidermist, she put her foot down. To this day, it’s the first and only thing she has ever expressly forbidden me to do.
I’m still fascinated by taxidermy. And even though Rainbow Danger Club as we know it has come to an end, I’m happy / amused to hear that it’s what Jesse will be doing in the US. I hope it’s not an elaborate joke.
I shot this video at Rainbow Danger Club’s last show in Shanghai. It’s extremely unprofessional but simply a testament to a band that I admire very much.
ed sheeran’s ginger stubble is gross but t swift is still the cutest and this is one of my favourite songs off red. the kids are adorable and so is taylor’s dress.
Unearthed: an old Rainbow Danger Club setlist, featuring early incarnations of Homemade Rocketship and Ladder to the Attic (I think). #脑残粉# (at grandpa’s barn)
two of my great pop culture loves, together.
Rainbow Danger Club at Yuyintang last weekend. A great last show from a most excellent band. #latergram (at Yuyintang)
I’m about 110% sure I’ve blogged this already but it’s a bit of a RDC lovefest over here so whatever. The song that made me realise thruoutin is ‘not a bro’ (sorry about that).
Saw them play their last show on Saturday in Shanghai. They are at great, great band. It was a double set - acoustic then electric - bookending a set of all-new material from Duck Fight Goose (which we sat outside in the little garden and listened from afar). The acoustic set featured more of their newer material from the Into the Cellar EP and re-worked for Souvenirs. From memory, they included “Summer’s End,” “The Country Way” and “Once Upon A Time/The Other Side of Forever.” Lead singer Jesse even broke out the musical saw for one acoustic impro session. I’m looking forward to listening for it on Souvenirs. I’ve also seen Sigur Rós in concert, so a musical saw was not as much a revelation as it was to some of the audience members, but it’s always cool to see it in action during an indie rock show.
One of the neatest things, as a self-described RDC superfan, is to see the ways songs evolve over time with a band that has played together for a relatively long period of time. RDC has been together since the end of 2009 and released their first EP, The New Atlantis a year later. While songs like “Neighbors on the Rooftops” and “Drown the Creatures” have endured in the band’s setlist pretty much unchanged, others have been constantly workshopped on stage. 2012’s Live in Shanghai EP featured a track called T.O.S.O.F. It disappeared from the band’s subsequent releases and I can’t say for their live shows in Shanghai and the US, but on Saturday, the first song in the acoustic set was a re-working of T.O.S.O.F. (which stands for The Other Side of Forever), now called “Once Upon A Time.” It was many times that night I felt like the band had come full circle.
I might write a longer thing about the rest of the show and my feelings about the band, but to quickly summarize, the electric set was a consummately professional and engaging performance of Rainbow Danger Club’s greatest hits and fan favourites. I managed to restrain my fangirlish glee enough during “Neighbors on the Rooftops” to get a pretty good video of the whole song. You can only faintly hear me singing in the background, during the first 30 seconds before I figured out to turn my iPhone microphone in the opposite direction of my singalong. Highlights included a drum showcase from Michael Ford, who is departing Shanghai imminently. Saturday night’s show is the last, for the foreseeable future, for the band in it’s current incarnation. Another was an all-out blues jam on stage with RDC turning into a session band for bassist Nichols’ dad Chuck, who pretty much brought the house down with a rendition of “Hoochie Coochie Man.” Side note, who knew Jesse was such an accomplished blues guitarist? Side note two, it always warms my high school jazz band raised heart to see a trumpet player with a plunger mute on stage.
Rainbow Danger Club closed out their electric set with the audience singing along to “Drown the Creatures,” and then the fans wouldn’t let them leave the stage. Someone grabbed a drumstick and began banging on the floor tom, demanding endless encores, which the band obliged first with Where Maps End closer “Babies Grow On Trees,” then a proggy impro jam, then both Two-Headed Boy and King of Carrot Flowers (both part one). Jesse does a mean Jeff Mangum impression, although if we’re being honest here, I would listen to an off-key donkey braying along to In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and probably deem it genius.
Exeunt Rainbow Danger Club. They’ll play some sort of final final show on June 22 at a goodbye party for RDC lead singer/guitarist Jesse and Shanghai recording guru and musician Adam Gaensler. You will all be missed.