Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Entry! The Magnetic Fields, The Residents, Patton Oswalt

Happy Easter! I searched all over my hard drive for relevant material for this entry, and I found a few things that may apply. First the only song on my computer with Easter in the title, "Easter Woman" by the Residents. In all honesty, in not a big Residents fan. While they're sometimes good, a lot of the time they were just Beefheart derivative, and diplayed a "weird for the sake of being weird" principle. That said, their discography makes the Fall's look brief, and I've only listened to their early material. I do find one of their albums to be pretty interesting, 1980's The Commercial Album. The story behind it is that they wrote 40 one minute songs, and then proceeded to buy out one minute slots of commercial air time on a local radio station to initally air them. That's pretty cool. "Easter Woman" is the first song from that album.

The Residents - Easter Woman

Next comes one of my favorite bands, The Magnetic Fields. "Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits" comes from the first disc of 69 Love Songs, an album that I frequently say is my favorite ever. Yes, ever. So much consistent pop goodness stuffed into one collection that i'm not sure how it doesn't kill it's listeners. Some say this song is a "furry" anthem. Maybe it is. But today let's just think hippity hoppity easter bunnies with baskets of eggs and assorted chocolates.

The Magnetic Fields - Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits

Here's a fan-made video for the song that does not imply that meaning

Lastly comes a bit of stand-up from Patton Oswalt, a very funny guy who additionally was incredibly nice when we met once. This bit is about easter egg coloring kits, specially Paas brand. You know the deal- the coloring tablets, the wire dippers, the ability to transform the box into a display shelf. Good stuff.

Patton Oswalt - Easter Eggs

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs @
The Residents - The Commercial Album @
Patton Oswalt - Feelin' Kinda Patton @

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