September 28, 2005

Use It Tonight

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 28, 2005 2:52 PM

In preparation for tonight's show, I'm currently listening to the entire catalog of The New Pornographers, except for the iTMS bonus track to Twin Cinema since I bought the album on CD. Grr. Anyway, if you're familiar with the band you know that the lyrics, while intelligible, are pretty opaque and it's never clear exactly what the songs are about. This isn't really a problem, but it was nice to discover that the official Matador site actually explains the songs. Sort of.

Sing Me Spanish Techno”: In which Newman tries to write a song with a ton of parts and an asymmetrical structure but still a pop song through and through. And succeeds. Title inspired by his girlfriend Amy, and, as he was reading Joseph Campbell's "Hero With A Thousand Faces" while writing it, "there are some veiled references about the hero's journey and different myths, bullshit like that."
Ok, it isn't exactly a scholarly exegesis. But I do have a couple of new to-do items: play "Star Bodies" backwards, and watch for this tonight:
"Twin Cinema": Newman updated this Electric Version-era tune with new lyrics referencing his part-time home San Francisco, hoping that "San Franciscans will hoot and holler at the '16th and Valencia' line when we play it live."
Tags: Music, San Francisco