Okay. Time for some rambling, a music video, some lyrics, and a few links to great things on the internet! This will be a video that shows a performance of one of my favorite songs, by one of my favorite musicians. The song is called Dinosaur Egg. The musician is Scout Niblett. She is an EXTREMELY beautiful and talented and enigmatic human being, and I love her more than any other person I’ve met less than five times in my life. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and I’ve seen her play a lot of times and I’ve bumped into her on the street a few times as well. She is the least egotistical person I’ve ever met, and she is a free spirit in the purest sense of the word. I will admit that her music is not for everyone. I will further admit that she even has recorded a handful of songs that have either gotten on my nerves or bored me to death, but only from time to time. But,honestly, this really is only a few songs (approximately six), and all of her other material more than makes up for it. She is versatile, dynamic, and often minimalistic. Unfortunately, Scout’s music has been compared to early Cat Power dozens and dozens of times… but I think this is completely absurd and unfounded.
Okay, great! So without further ado, here is a great performance by Emma ‘Scout’ Niblett, of her brilliant song, Dinosaur Egg. Also, I’m including the lyrics (below the video) because some of the atmospheric sounds seem to obscure the vocals at times. And since the lyrics are beautiful and hilarious and thought-provoking, it’s really important to me that you have the option of being able to understand the song. Alright? Everybody ready??! Are you excited?!?!! You better be! Okay, I’m shutting up. Here goes:
Dinosaur egg, oh dinosaur egg.
When will you hatch?
‘Cause I got a million people coming on Friday,
and they expect to see a dinosaur, not an egg.
Robot slave, oh robot slave.
When will you spring to life?
‘Cause I got a million people coming on Friday
And I don’t expect to serve them drinks myself.
Solitude, sweet solitude.
When will you disappear?
‘Cause you’re an acceptable guest sometimes
But you’ll not be a long-term friend of mine.
My solar body, oh my solar body.
When will I join you out of this flesh?
‘Cause I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.
I’d much rather be a golden ball of light, but still have sex.
Tortured spirit, oh tortured spirit.
When will you appear?
‘Cause I’ve got a million people coming on Friday
And I don’t wanna have to scare the shit out of them myself.
And in case anyone isn’t already familiar and/or in love with the La Blogotheque video series, I just want to tell you a little bit. There is a website called La Blogotheque. This is a French website (I can’t read it, and I don’t think there is an English language version either) and they basically just shoot videos of tons of great independent artists, playing music all over random places in Paris. They call them Take Away Shows. Anyway, there is also a La Blogotheque Youtube channel, where you can see more than 200 of these out-and-about-in-strange-places performances. Most of them are great. And I really do mean GREAT. Some of the other artists they’ve recorded (just so you have an idea of the immensity of this project) include… Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Thermals, Animal Collective, Stephen Malkmus, R.E.M., Beirut, Menomena, Architecture in Helsinki, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, The Shins, The Arcade Fire, Au Revoir Simone, Xiu Xiu, (and Scout Niblett, of course) and a bunch of others. It’s awesome. They play on rooftops, in taxicabs, walking down the street, walking up stairs… wherever really. I assume most people who are into good independent music already know about La Blogotheque. But in case I am WAAAAAY off base, which happens a lot because I REALLY don’t have my finger on the pulse of what’s cool and what’s not… well, I just wanted to mention it. Because maybe it will become someone’s new favorite website.
And, guys and ladies, please comment on this one. I’d really like to know what you think. Of the song. Of the lyrics. Of the lovely Scout Niblett. Of the whole concept of this video series. Did you know about this already, or is this your first time hearing? Did this inspire you to go see more of these videos? And if so, what were some of your favorites? I’m just curious really, I like talking music. And I feel like La Blogotheque could open the door to some great conversations.
Okay. That’s all, folks! Have a great night/day. Oh! And be ready for some amazing stuff this week. I am dedicating the entire week to… BEAUTIFUL (inside and/or out), FANTASTIC WOMEN!! This means musicians, artists, actresses, authors, and maybe even a few fellow bloggers. GASP!!! SHOCK!!! AWE!!! Yes, for the entire week, my life will be put on hold so I can promote and appreciate and discuss and just… pay tribute to a bunch of amazing females. Don’t be concerned, though: I will indeed continue to live my life in real life, it just won’t show up here at Stir-Fried until the following week. And I’m letting you know in advance, that I will be sharing with you, at the end of the week, a painfully brilliant Mix CD consisting solely of music by oustanding (and often underrated) women. Anyway. I’m really excited for this week and you should be too!! It’s going to be truly spectacular.
Okay, bye now!