i thought “train from kansas city” was the only song i knew about kc but then i completely forgot that fiction is set in kansas city too!! thanks lucksmiths
omg my favorite part of alex fluttermeasurement's tape to me in high school was the lucksmiths song on the tape is listed as being by “the fucksmiths” classic
katy just made me a Lucksmiths fan
I was not prepared for this to happen
seriously if you’re not listening to the lucksmiths i have no time for you
i’m working on a list of twee songs that are either about subverting/defying feminine gender roles and songs about defying gender/gender roles in itself. i couldn’t find this song on youtube, and i’m guessing i won’t be able to find a couple more of them, so i’m starting uploading so i can link in preparation.
there is one line in this song that goes like “shake it off if you can/if only i could be your ??” i am pretty sure the sugargliders sing “mum” at this point. in the lucksmiths cover, i am pretty sure they sing “man.” “mum” is way better because it fits with the general breakdown of gender roles that is the whole theme of the song as well as offering a potential for re-scripting women’s relationships (even though it is a male singer wishing to be the song subject’s mum); “man” makes it kind of irritatingly patronizing. i’ve always heard it pretty clearly as “mum” when the sugargliders sing it, though, and the lucksmiths do have a history of getting lyrics slightly wrong, intentionally or not (see also, their siddeleys cover)
the sugargliders have a lot of other great songs that are mainly about class. they are cousins of the lucksmiths!
so i completely love the lucksmiths more than anything ever, but this song is totally the anti-consent culture. (but they get some serious points for fitting “acquiescing” into a pop song)
I DON’T KNOW, YOU TELL ME:
And I made myself a promise:
I would not conceive of taking no for an answer
Though you kept me guessing and your distance
Were it not for my persistence
We would never have been lovers
You kept your distance and me guessing
i’m having trouble finding a song that has more than one of the list: metaphor, simile, symbol, anaphora, hyperbole, understatement, alliteration, assonance
I’m having trouble finding a song that has even TWO of these from the list. FUCKKKKKK INTERNET HELP ME
!!!! I HAVE AN ANSWER TO THIS. listen to like any song by the lucksmiths; they are all chock-full of literary devices.
(the one i immediately thought of was “sunlight in a jar”)
I interviewed them once when I was 14, but could not go to the show because it was at the DC9 and they could not sneak me in and the DC9 would not even let me come if I came with my parents. Same reason for missing the Lucksmiths. Unlike the Lucksmiths, Tullycraft are just on hiatus and there had been talk of ending it so you might just get a chance!!!
I would actually crush my own skull to see Tullycraft live.
i was gonna be like OMG ME TOO but then i remembered i interviewed tullycraft at 15. i also missed them at popfest when i was like 15 which sucks. i missed both tullycraft and the lucksmiths because i could not drive myself (too young) or find a ride to athens. and my sister saw the lucksmiths but she doesn’t even really like them all that much.
twee cliches: bitching about bands you missed years after the fact
i don’t think this counts as “childhood photos” but i am tagging it as that anyways
SO is it interesting to anyone else how the lucksmiths are kind of an american band, in addition to an australian band? i was thinking of how many of their songs use american locations.
i think a good example of them being both is “the chapter in your life entitled san francisco”—american for obvious reasons, but i would kind of assume that the speaker is in australia (i assume this because of “is it april yet/i forget sometimes how slowly summer passes”… because of course in america april doesn’t come after the summer.
then of course you have like wyoming and fiction, both very american. (although the former is definitely american from a foreign point of view, i would argue)
anyways it seems interesting to me because it seems like JOURNEYS IN AMERICA shaped them a lot as a band, but those JOURNEYS IN AMERICA (i assume) most likely would not have happened if they were not a band, cause they are probably mostly from touring.
i really just wanted to talk about the lucksmiths for a while.
Be sure its The Lucksmiths
i’m ALWAYS SURE
Not anywhere near me. My life is awful.
Marky Monnone, one of my favorite persons on earth and former member of the Lucksmiths is going on a solo tour in the States, here are the dates:
Sunday May 29 — Popfest Picnic SAN FRANCISCO, CA
…Dolores Park, San Francisco, California
Starts at 1pm
Monday May 30 — Stony Ridge (or) Sacto International Popfest BBQ! SACRAMENTO, CA
420 4th Avenue, Sacramento, California. Starts at 2pm.
with Phil Wilson (of The June Brides), The Smittens, Arts & Leisure, The English Singles, Knock Knock
Tuesday May 31 — Hotel Utah SAN FRANCISCO, CA
500 Fourth Street, San Francisco, CA
9pm, $6 in advance, $8 at the door, 21+
with The Smittens, The Ian Fays, y’all
Wednesday June 1 — Ella Street Social Club PORTLAND, OR
714 SW 20th Place, Portland, Oregon. 9pm, $5 at the door.
with The Smittens and The Rainy States
Thursday June 2 — The Knife Shop at Kelly’s Olympian PORTLAND, OR
426 SW Washington, Portland, Oregon. 9pm, $4 at the door.
with The Smittens, Orca Team, Special Places (ex-Tullycraft)
Friday June 3 — Jewelbox Theater SEATTLE, WA
2322 2nd Avenue, Seattle, Washington
w/ Math and Physics Club, The Smittens, The Special Places (ex-Tullycraft)
Saturday June 4 — Northern OLYMPIA, WA
321 4th Avenue, Olympia, Washington. All Ages.
with Math and Physics Club, The Smittens, Special Places (ex-Tullycraft)
Wednesday June 8 — Backspace PORTLAND, OR
115 Northwest 5th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. All Ages.
with Andrew Kaffer, Shelley Short
MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY
The Lucksmiths - Mars.
Hi there dear, I’m on Mars again, keeping in touch with all my friends. I found a nice place, why don’t you come and visit? It’s not as red as you’d think from looking at the pictures and it’s my home again. It’s my home again.
I stumbled across a gorgeous valley, love, greener than even Ferntree Gully, love; I set up camp for a week and witnessed every romantic vision from my dreams. And it’s my home again. It’s my home again.
Human touch is beautiful indeed, but in my mind I’ve made up with all the people that I’d see everyday, we’d avoid each other like the plague but they’re my best friends now, and when I think of them, that’s how they’ll stay in this brave new world, I think about them everyday, in this brave new world I think about you everyday.
this song makes me feel so lonely. i always think of all my friends who don’t really need to be around people to be happy (aka completely unlike me) and then think about them cutting off contact to everyone…
i remember reading it was recorded through an answering machine, which i think makes the separation and distance a sort of tangible thing.
i can’t really listen to this song without feeling really sad.
The Lucksmiths recording their first record.
awww they look so awkward
…but also dreamy
The Lucksmiths “Get-to-Bed Birds”
A New Year’s song by the Lucksmiths. From the Matinée Grand Prix compilation, and also released as a single.
HAPPY 2011, EVERYONE!
(Also, I can’t believe this was a featured track on Pitchfork.)
what, a lucksmiths song i’ve never heard?
i legitimately thought i’d heard them all i have like over 100.
yay for Jonathan Richman fans.
yay for the lucksmiths!!