Pastoral Genocide

Songs About Dancing Bears, Etc.

Dancing Bears. By no means would I consider myself a Randy Newman fan, but this cover of “Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear” is unreasonably spectacular. The original song is, in itself, something of a masterpiece. Keeping in mind that this song was written by a grown-ass man, check out the lyrics:

I may go out tomorrow if I can borrow a coat to wear/Oh I’d step out in style with my sincere smile and my dancing bear/Outrageous, alarming, courageous, charming/Oh who would think a boy and bear/Could be well accepted everywhere/It’s just amazing how fair people can be/Seen at the nicest places where well fed faces all stop to stare/Making the grandest entrance is Simon Smith and his dancing bear/They’ll love us, won’t they?/They feed us, don’t they?/Oh, who would think a boy and bear/Could be well accepted everywhere/It’s just amazing how fair people can be/Who needs money when you’re funny?/The big attraction everywhere/Will be Simon Smith and his dancing bear/It’s Simon Smith and the amazing dancing bear

Etc. Here are some Muxtapes that are, perhaps, worth checking out: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Etc, Etc. (1) Matt Pryor posts a new song – titled Loralai – here. (2) You can stream Kevin Seconds’ new album, “Rise Up, Insomniacs!” here. (3) Scenepointblank recently posted a cool Ted Leo interview. (4) Sigur Ros is planning an upcoming world tour in which, unfortunately, they say “fuck you, guy,” to the vast majority of the United States. (5) The Gaslight Anthem have finished recording their upcoming full length, “The ’59 Sound.” Tentative release date: August 19, 2008.

Boom. Cops and crackheads and tranny love gone awry.

it’s late august, a hot summer night//and the red and the blue dance in frenzy of light//frozen, two men stand like pillars of salt in the street//they’re poor and they’re black and they’ve both got the bug//one’s dressed like a woman but you can see he’s a man//the other has been stabbed in the arm and he’s obviously mad//they both claim they’re in love//and though its hard to see, maybe they are//but they seem so desperate, and covered in sweat//the cops, they mumble quietly and shake their heads//wondering, just slightly, how two beating hearts became this