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Enjambement Charts

As a music collector, I try to find special things, things that divide, say, Milli Vanilli from Pink Floyd. Sometimes it’s something completely different. Take, for example, the concept of enjambement. A sentence is spread over several lines, would be the simple description. It can work like that in music. The artist often spans his sentence across many a measure. I here present to you my Top Three of Enjambement-Embracing Artists!

The Top Three Everyone’s Been Talking About

  1. On number three, we find the electro-pop indie idols of The Postal Service! It is no surprise that they ended up right here, as Jimmy Tamborello’s music has the tendency to bounce on itself, let alone when Ben Gibbard fills it in with his epitome-of-indie voice. A choice citation:

    I / am thinking it’s a sign / that the freckles
    in our eyes are mirror images … and … when
    we kiss they’re … perfectly aligned

    This kept The Flaming Lips out of the list, people, so mind that next time you listen to some Flaming Lips as well.

  2. Yes, next up, a runner-up I am ever so fond of, it’s the Canadian punk ensemble The Weakerthans! Nobody will be surprised to hear that John Samson is more of a poet, after having heard their (probably best) Left & Leaving. Samson and his crew forged a stunning piece right there, but what caught me ear was John’s voice, spreading his words over measures nearly beyond sensibility. At first, I was afraid he’d fly straight over the end of the stanza and keep singing! A citation, again:

    measure me in metered lines / in one decisive stare / the time it takes to get from here to there

    To note is that Samson writes rather well. I would suggest you check out their oeuvre.

  3. Number one may be the least well-known to people, but I’ll be damned if they didn’t deserve to be the number one; it’s the Radar Bros.! Who saw that one coming?

    With their poignant and often weirdly drowsy overall image, they left an impression on me anyhow, but some of their enjambement addiction really gets blatant. Pick up The Singing Hatchet to hear it in full action. The album bears a likeness to Pink Floyd’s More and Meddle, if you’re into that.

    tar the roofs / of the houses / that are leaking / the religions / of who lived there / and are leaving / their infidelities / at the door / when they come in

    That’s insane, huh? A well-deserved number one, once again. Check it out.

So that’s that. I hope you’ll check these artists out, and if you happen to know other great artists with great use of enjambement, do tell the world in the comments right here. I always love new stuff.

(This list is based entirely, solely, blatantly upon my own opinions, and can be taken with a grain of salt if that’s your kind of thing.)

The Fletcher Memorial Music Marathon

First of all, season’s greetings to all of you! I’ve been spending my time eating, playing the guitar and drinking special beers, generally. One way to spend Christmas. I hope you’re all having a great time, but now:

Our feature film

Referred to as one of those crazy plans I keep thinking up, people said I was mad, or to be more precise, we were mad. I guess that yes, indeed, we’re out of our fucking minds. For the sake of listening to great music and to have something to do this Christmas holiday, Geert and I have planned our first (annual?) music marathon. Over thirty albums, a whopping 26 hours of music and all that in one long breath. We’re sacrificing not only two Earth days of our holiday, but also our sleeping pattern for at least a week, I’m afraid.

The Fletcher Memorial Music Marathon, as we christened it (funny—we’ll not be listening to The Final Cut), will be held on the 27th and 28th of December and will, well, yeah, in fact it will span these two days. Damn. We’re out of our minds.

The line-up

To make sure we’ll not be spending our entire holiday listening to brilliant music (hey, what the– why not? ;)), we’ve decided to pick one album per artist. That’s tough, yes. Consider Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave, Moby– yup, tough decisions all the time. The general rules also include “No soundtracks” (with the notable exception being Superfly, which we can’t consider a soundtrack because it’s a brilliant album on itself) and “No best-of albums”, so that rules out the two 2-disc Best of The Beatles boxes, and that makes it more the challenge for us.

The albums we’ll be listening to
# Album title Artist
1 Unrest Erlend Øye
2 Seven and Six Bellwether
3 Let Love In Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
4 Automatic for the People R.E.M.
5 Superfly Curtis Mayfield
6 3 Blood, Sweat and Tears
7 Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars Fatboy Slim
8 Gods and Monsters I Am Kloot
9 Sleeping with Ghosts Placebo
10 Carpathia, A Dramatic Poem The Vision Bleak
11 Ghost Reveries Opeth
12 Mutter Rammstein
13 A Certain Trigger Maxïmo Park
14 Turn on the Bright Lights Interpol
15 Melody A.M. Röyksopp
16 Debut Björk
17 Play Moby
18 Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness The Smashing Pumpkins
19 Funeral The Arcade Fire
20 Twin Cinema The New Pornographers
21 Picaresque The Decemberists
22 The Madcap Laughs Syd Barrett
23 Riot on an Empty Street Kings of Convenience
24 I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning Bright Eyes
25 Left and Leaving The Weakerthans
26 Illinois Sufjan Stevens
27 Give Up The Postal Service
28 Cosmo’s Factory Creedence Clearwater Revival
29 Bad Michael Jackson
30 Revolver The Beatles
31 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd

(Yes, I started at the bottom. Yes, I got lazy. I still urge you to buy all the music we’re gonna be listening to, as it’s all worth your whiles.)

Next year, we’ll double the amount of music and do something for charity. Insanity for Charity© ;)

iPod tax

I’m a lover of music. I buy my albums, cherish them and put them neatly onto my shelves. I buy the “special” editions because I get more music (for, admittedly, more money, but I can take the hit). I make sure I rip them properly to my hard-disc, that it’s all tagged properly and that I can go through my complete collection easily. I listen to that music a lot. It’s why I bought an iPod back in August last year.

When you live in the Netherlands, you’re used to some crazy stuff. Drugs legislation is an easy one, but there’s a lot more. It amazes people every single day, those from abroad and those who’ve been here for as long as they live. “Terrorists” are a Dutchman’s worst fear, but in most cases the government takes the cake. I guess I’m okay with living here.

Sometimes, stuff happens. People get together, forge insanity, sharpen it with media attention and stab right through my heart and that of many others. It will not necessarily be new to you—I recall myself ranting about this to a select few some months back—but apparently some Dutch society of music rights protection (mind you, this is not the official Buma/Stemra) got a plan through to throw many euros of tax over MP3 players. This can be as pricey as € 25 over the price of my 20GB iPod (and even more on the new 30GB and 60GB versions!). The money goes to this crowd of bright minds.

It is on moments like this that I shake my head in despair. I paid a lot of money to get my music. Many people do the same and may want an iPod just as well. I guess you can fill in the lines. What’s the next prey? Hard-discs? Of a terabyte? Thank you, so-called “music rights protector”, and good bye.