The report of my death was an exaggeration

Sometimes words get twisted. Like Twain being reported dead because of his cousin’s illness. Or Twain’s quote being misreported as “my death was greatly exaggerated” when it actually was the above.

But I’m beginning to think that Alasdair MacLean’s claim that it “might be the end” of 60s dreampop outfit The Clientele was just a clever ploy to make sure I bought tickets for their show at Johnny Brenda’s last year. Especially since they’re releasing a new “mini-album” on August 31st and the lead single sounds part and parcel of every The Clientele song ever recorded. No hard feelings though. I like The Clientele and their dependably upbeat and melancholic songs alot. I liked the show. And I really, really liked how dazzlingly cute their violinist Mel Draisey was, encased in her 60s dress and blonde, very British slightness.

Also, they did a cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes”: decidedly less cute than a blonde Brit in a sundress. Also, “blonde” is feminine but “blond” is masculine: what is this, Spanish?

The Clientele, “Jerry” [via Pitchfork]
The Clientele, “Paper Planes” [via AV Club via We All Want Someone to Shout For]

PS M.I.A.’s album is streaming on her MySpace. Not very good, IMNHO.

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