I know what you’re thinking: How is Eux Autres a throwback? I mean, Sun is Sunk just came out, and it’s incredible! All totally true. But Sun is Sunk is not what has been on heavy rotation in my house (I’d say medium rotation). No, dear friends, I am all of obsessed with an Eux Autres record, and it’s their very first record, Hell is Eux Autres that is a whopping 8 years old. I say that is throwback worthy, y’all!
Eux Autres, pronounced ooz-auh-tra for those Frenchily-challenged like myself, are very worthy. Last week, still reeling from seeing The Aislers Set live, I realized I cannot go the rest of my life listening to ONLY The Aislers Set (okay, maybe I can). I needed something similar, but something decidedly different, and in came Eux Autres. Actually, The Aislers Set’s drummer is provides one-half of the lead vocals! And did you know Janet Weiss produced this record? Star-studded!
Even those these babes are located way out in SF, they obviously are obsessed with French pop and the 1960s, and it shows. My favorite song on the record is “The Things They Carried” because I have never heard the Vietnam War portrayed in such a delicious, happy way before. “The Sundance Kid” is also a favorite. Heather Larimer has an adorable, buttery voice, and she is so pitch perfect sometimes that it almost makes anyone sound good singing along (*ahem* or just me… in my own head).
Eux Autres, “The Sundance Kid”
The Parcels are THE original recipe, amirite?
Last Friday I tracked down a .zip file of the amazing Have a Go With The Parcels. Who are the Parcels you might ask? They were such a scrappy, adorable trio that crafted some of my most favorite pop songs. I haven’t heard them in years; my ex-beau I think got a copy of the CD from writing to AJ years ago, but since I left Buffalo, I haven’t had a copy of it for myself. Now I do, and I am listening to it right now, happily drifting down memory lane.
“Jessica Pancakes” is an obvious nod to The Association, lifting riffs straight from the source. Normally that kinda stuff might leave a bad taste in my mouth, but The Parcels obviously makes it their own and somehow totally, completely different. “Jessica Pancakes” is such a sweet, magnificent song. So magnificent, my old band covered it and made it a part of our own repertoire, only for everyone who liked us to prefer that song to any of the jams we wrote ourselves. I can’t blame them; I feel the same way! Here’s a link to a terrible video of The Grade Grubbers covering Jessica Pancakes years ago (2007).
While “Jessica Pancakes” is the obvious hit on this record, it’s not my favorite song. I think my favorite is probably “Minor Disturbance Grrrl.” If I could figure out a way to stream this shit to y’all without breaking like a thousand laws, I would. If it’s helpful, I found a download of the record on Side Ponytail.
I do have a slight tinge of guilt having downloaded this baby. Melis, Christian or AJ: if any of you read this, please send me your PayPal email address, and I will gladly PayPal y’all lik $50 for making my life so awesome due to your awesome jams being a part of it.
The Parcels, “Jessica Pancakes”
fan me off, so hot.
It’s been awhile! Sorry for slacking (as if anyone even noticed). New job/the dozens of shows to go to have been harshin my blogging mellow. Life is totally hard, right?
So my BFF went to see Pulp last night (and I went to Chickfactor and saw the Aislers Set which is an entirely different entry; can’t even). She was telling me all about Jarvis’ gyrating hips, and she mentioned that she’d never been so turned on at a show. Ick-factor aside, it got me thinking: When have I been turned on at a show? And I can only think of two examples, and that is the two times I saw The Organ.
The Organ is a Canadian band that was mostly active in the early 2000s. I only discovered them because I went to a random free show in a suburb of Buffalo, and these beautiful ladies were playing and I fell in love. Grab That Gun is a haunting, pop masterpiece. Lots of elements of The Cure, Joy Division and so many pipes laid out on that record (hahah laying pipe).
Doesn’t hurt that Katie Sketch is a freaking dreamboat. I actually think she’s a working model now. Her Morrissey-inspired crooning had me transformed into a puddle. She is one of those rare frontpeople who make you feel like she’s singing right to you, whispering in your ear. Pretty electrifying stuff.
The Organ, “Love, Love, Love”