Sunday, October 09, 2005

Musical Monday

I've been meaning to introduce even more new music here, but I've had so many to sort through lately, it's been tough to decide what deserves attention. And I think I'll try to make this a regular Monday posting. But don't count on it.

This week's song is "Casimir Pulaski Day" by Sufjan Stephens. As usual, it's availalbe for free download at Filter Magazine. See, those 83 songs I downloaded from those guys at Filter have totally taken over the iPod. I play nothing but them now. It's like my own alternative alternative radio station.

Anyway, Sufjan Stevens. "Casimir Pulaski Day." Horns. Banjos. A story about a friend's death. A song named after a holiday for a Polish Revolutionary War hero. It's been a long time since I've allowed myself to like a sad song. Some Tori Amos song off "Little Earthquakes" was probably the last. But this is not Tori. I can't really say what it is. Who else puts banjos and horns behind a ballad about cancer?

He recently did an interview and a song or two on KCRW (a great radio station in Santa Monica, California. It sounds like he's just as good live as recorded.

It's one of my favorites lately and I'll be interested to hear your opinions.


Nik said...

I've heard a few of Surfan's songs and think I like them - they're quite quirky and just this side of being over-the-top, but he's got a really interesting sound.

joey said...

Hey, I came across another good band recently. RunRig. They are a Irish/Celtic band that has been around for 30yrs!! They are not your traditional "Danny Boy" songs either. Worth a listen. find them at