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First a little back-story.

There’s a girl on a bus, only on Tuesdays, that has pale skin and red or dark straight-falling hair because shyness permits no lingering gazes to make certain its hue. And there’s a boy that has Tuesday and means to say hi, but catched a too-early bus but its strangely OK. Because for the first time this year a CD that’s good is sent to his office and, bus bogans aside, it makes sitting along by the window not happy but right because two tracks beget a montage sequence in his mind of Soderberg’s Detroit in "Out Of Sight" transferred to the half-light of Canberra, or the UK if you squint and want to pretend.

Yay! It’s the Doves B-Side collection. As here and there as any mish-mash rarities disc, but worthy of stroking because of two songs (no prize for guessing) that make it worthwhile.

‘Darker’ is atmospheric and evocative and other such music-press terms. It has more of a grind (if you know what I mean) than the Doves other gear and it’s sweetly bereft of oboes. It’s the sort of song that flows well into Interpol’s ‘Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down.’ Thanks to the wonders of CD Protection, you’ll have to take my word for this, but ‘Meet Me At The Pier’ is another standout, if simple, track from Lost Sides. It’s nice because Doves vocals can become irksome sometimes, and it’s also without excessive woodwind.

(ed: Thanks to the wonders of the internet I was able to find a copy of "Meet Me At The Pier" despite the fact that the CD is copy protected. Viva la mp3 revolution.)

In it’s place, here’s ‘Was It A Lie?’ from Sleater-Kinney’s 2000 album All Hands On The Bad One, because it’s just a really good song. Listen for the enunciation of the word ‘alive.’
Posted by Niqui at 06:11 PM November 24, 2003

Exact Audio Copy doesn't have any problems with that Doves CD (why do they even bother?!)

Comment posted by: at December 1, 2003 08:38 PM

You're actually having problems ripping the CD? What software are you using?

Ah, that crazy copy protection. This is where I'd paste a link if I could, but I can't, so I won't.

Comment posted by: Xenex at December 8, 2003 10:52 AM

I'm using brute laziness.

Comment posted by: Niqui at December 9, 2003 07:00 AM

S-K r0X0r.

Comment posted by: Alarmed at December 14, 2003 01:44 PM

Yeh. I'll say.

Any Hedwig fans out there should also be up on this: S-K are one of the bands involved in 'Wig In A Box', and album of songs from and inspired by (I can't believe I just said that) Hedwig and the Angry Inch. S-K's contribution is a cover of 'Angry Inch', which was news powerful enough to prompt an underwear change in this writer.

Other artists involved include Frank Black, Yoko Ono and Cindi Lauper. Be warned, though; Rufus Wainwright also features with 'Origin of Love', which is potentially quite the cringe-inducing moment, and those god-awful three Bens weasled their way in with 'Wicked Little Town'. Bastards.

Comment posted by: Niqui at December 15, 2003 06:26 PM

The Doves are the greatest band that I've ever heard. I can't even remember how I came across them, but I had been hanging out for a new CD after The Last Broadcast, and didn't know that they had released a B-Sides album. The day after I grabbed the two songs listed here, I went and bought the CD. Thanks for your help :D

Comment posted by: StOo_Hefner at March 2, 2004 11:21 PM

I love you!
Thanks for the songs =D

Comment posted by: at May 13, 2004 12:08 PM


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