Season's Beatings

With special guest Uncle Stephin Merritt!

imageSYNOPSIS: Ho Ho Ho and all that rubbish! Uncle Stephin and Uncle LD yammer about life on the road, seasonal mayhem, and the exotic world of the Gothic Archies. Then Uncle Stephin whips it out and gives us a titillating one-man show . . . pity no one took pictures. Most of his Stephinness' various incarnations are represented musically, save for his tongue-twisting 6ths (which we couldnt find anywhere on the shelves), and a genial feeling of make-a-joyful-noise-in-the-name-of-nepotism and jovial self-absortion reigneth. Ain't life grand?

But you now what? It'd be grander still if you you-know-what my wee book about SM, 69 and other such stuff. Visit Mssrs Snicket and the Gothic Archies online, and while you're in a spreading-the-wealth mindset, get this wonderful tale of brotherly love and redemption by Robert Rankin. "It's as good as."

NEXT WEEK: Sincerely (yeah, right!)

ldbeghtol@gmail.com


HB21 Playlist

Intro: "Drowned Sailors" from the Eban & Charley soundtrack (Merge, 2002)

"Smile" by Stephin Merritt (recorded live in the HB Treehouse)

"City of the Damned" by the Gothic Archies, from Looming in the Gloom (Hello Recording Club, 1996)

"Crows," "Scream and Run Away," and "How Do You Slow This Thing Down?" by the Gothic Archies, from The Tragic Treasury (Nonesuch, 2006)

"The Dead Only Quickly" by the Gothic Archies, from Looming in the Gloom (Hello Recording Club, 1996)

"I'm Lonely (and I Love It)" by Future Bible Heroes, from I'm Lonely (and I Love It) ep (Merge, 2000)

"Behold the Lowly Centipede" from Showtunes (Nonesuch, 2006); from Peach Blossom Fan, vocal by Matthew Steiner

"Epitaph for My Heart" and "I Don't Believe in the Sun" by the Magnetic Fields, from 69 Love Songs (Merge, 1999)

"Sounds Expensive" from Showtunes (Nonesuch, 2006); vocal by David Patrick Kelly (with the Peach Blossom Fan cast and Shirley Simms)

"We Are the Gothic Archies" by the Gothic Archies, from The Tragic Treasury (Nonesuch, 2006)

"Walking My Gargoyle" by Stephin Merritt (recorded live in the HB Treehouse)

"Victorian Robotics," from the Eban & Charley soundtrack (Merge, 2002)

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