Ben Folds/Nick Hornby – Saskia Hamilton (video: Charlie McDonnell aka charlieissocoollike)

I’m a former linguist – though really, linguistics is like the CIA or the Mafia; once you’re in you never really get out. (I keep waiting for the day the messenger comes from Linguistics Central to pull me back in. Then I get to say “I’m getting too old for this shit” and fly off into the jungle for one last mission.)

Anyway, this song is one of the few I’m aware of with a linguistics theme, and it’s quirky fun – moreso because of the silliness of Charlie McDonnell’s video. Certainly made my Monday morning a wee bit better.


I Got You On Tape – Spinning for the Cause

I Got You On Tape (inevitably, IGYOT) is an indie band out of Copenhagen with a low-key sound that ranges from gritty to hypnotic and everywhere in between. (No, I don’t know if those adjectives are on opposite ends of a spectrum or what. Shut up.)

Lead singer Jakob Bellens has a deep voice that comes across as uncomplicated and slightly bleak. In this live recording, it’s pretty rough at first, as if he was singing his way through the aftermath of a drunken break-up.

This track was on the SXSW 2011 torrent; this video is a live performance of the song from some show in Denmark. I liked it enough to go out and pull down the band’s first album (the eponymous I Got You On Tape, from 2006). The songs are all relatively slow-paced, like this one, but never drag. (And in most of them, Bellens sounds eerily like David Bowie.)

I’m finding a lot of high-quality alternative/post-punk music these days coming out of Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands these days. Last week it was Nid & Sancy, this week these guys… maybe next week, I’ll put up some De Staat.