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From: marcegoodman Date: April 30th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ah, "Regret." Oh, how I love that song. The irony is that I never got around to picking up Republic at the time, and was no longer listening to Live 105 with sufficient regularity to have heard even “Regret.” Although its improbability beggars belief, I remain reasonably confidant that I heard “Regret” for the first time driving around Tucson after our move here — in 2003! I certainly remember Googling “have a conversation on the telephone” in order to determine the song’s provenance. I know I’ve confessed novelistic intentions (previously regarding MBV) here before. But “Regret” itself inspired similar such imaginings.

(Two scenarios. A classically-trained contrabass player is dragged along to the Shoreline to see New Order on the Republic tour and is so blown away by Hooky and by “Regret”, in particular, he goes out and buys an electric bass the very next day. In the second, a fledgling alt-rock singer-songwriter (e.g. Pete Yorn) sees the same show and is so transfixed and transformed that he tries to incorporate what he has seen and heard into his own music with imperfect, but “lovingly mitigated” (an Xgau phrase) results.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 1st, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I think you should write a novel, then! I'd read it.

What's great about the best New Order songs is that, like "Love Will Tear Us Apart," they strut about the boundary between different feelings and genres with such confidence. And the bass is, in my view, the biggest reason.

I hope to see you a show soon.
From: marcegoodman Date: May 1st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Speaking of strutting about, have you seen this version of "Regret" recorded for Top Of the Pops.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzNQMW7-9Mw

Ridiculous yet mesmerizing!

I'm sorry I missed you at SM and the Jicks. I was all set to go when one of the boys got sick and I opted to stay put. The small posse I encouraged to attend all had a great time.

There are some tempting shows coming up at Plush in a few weeks. I'm thinking of Efterklang and Sea Wolf on the 16th and 17th in particular.

I landed on your profile page on the way back here and was reminded of your upcoming birthday. The 6th, right? Since I'll all for extending birthday celebrations beyond their actual occasion, I'll say Happy Birthday!





cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 2nd, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks, Mark. I have fond memories of you buying me a beer on May 2nd, 2006 a the Art Brut show. I may go see the Scandinavians.
From: marcegoodman Date: May 2nd, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's hard to believe it's been two years since that show. I too am leaning towards the Scandinavians. It looks like Efterklang may be as many as eight strong on stage. I still remember how astutely you analyzed my fondness for large ensembles!
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