Song of the day: Anton Barbeau with The Corner Laughers – "Drinkin’ Horn"

February 28, 2013

I’m a fan of American twee-pop band The Corner Laughers, so when they have a new song it tends to end up here.

They have a new song:

Anton Barbeau with The Corner LaughersDrinkin’ Horn (2013)

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Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "For The Sake Of The Cat"

August 27, 2012

The Uninteresting CD Buying Habits Of Peter continues…

As with my New Pornographers CD-buying frenzy (see yesterday’s post), I also went berserk on The Corner Laughers, buying three of their CDs. (That’s all they’ve made. If they had any more I would have bought them too.)

The Corner Laughers – “For The Sake Of The Cat


Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "Twice The Luck"

May 30, 2012

Speaking of psychedelic-neo-baroque-power-pop, I recently received the CD of The Corner LaughersPoppy Seeds in the mail. (It arrived here in Australia only a couple of weeks after I bought it. Thanks, band! I like it when you give musicians money and they give you music.)

To celebrate*, here’s one reason I bought the little critter:

(Beware: If you’re allergic to “twee”, you may want to visit a different blog today.)

The Corner Laughers – “Twice The Luck (2012)

Oh, I’ve just discovered that in a lovely bit of happenstance Powerpopaholic has posted a review of Poppy Seeds (and scored it 9 out of 10 – Woohoo!).

(*I was going to say “commemorate”, but that might be too official a word to use just to play a song on a blog.)


Musical coincidences # 238

May 8, 2012

A few days ago I issued a call to arms (well, ears really) for someone – anyone – to tell me where I’ve heard this tune by The Corner Laughers…

The Corner Laughers – “Bells Of El Camino (2012) (excerpt)

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…somewhere else. I’m sure I’ve heard that tune in another song, but at the moment I just can’t figure it out. (Note to brain: “Come on brain, do your stuff. Get those neurons and synapses and everything else up there working, and find out what that other song is.”)

Unfortunately, so far no-one’s been able to alleviate my frustration at not knowing what that other song is. In the meantime, I’m going to keep singing that tune to myself in the hope that I’ll finally go “Aha! That’s the other song!”

However, I’m very pleased to say that an alert listener has spotted a coincidence involving a different part of that Corner Laughers song.

The person who noticed this particular coincidence is the ubiquitous “Anonymous” (Hi, Anny!). Anonymous heard the Corner Laughers song and then commented:

“I hear a bit of ‘Rio‘ by Duran Duran in the opening line”.

This is what Anonymous referred to:

The Corner Laughers – “Bells Of El Camino (2012) (excerpt)

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Duran Duran – “Rio (1982) (excerpt)

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Thanks for spotting that, O Anonymous One.

Here are the full songs:

The Corner Laughers – “Bells Of El Camino (2012)

Duran Duran – “Rio (1982)

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Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "Bells Of El Camino"

May 5, 2012

If you’re in the mood to luxuriate in the ultra-baroque pop of The Corner Laughers, please enjoy:

The Corner Laughers – “Bells Of El Camino (2012)

I mentioned The Corner Laughers only a couple of weeks ago, but the main reason I’m pestering you with another one of their songs is that there’s a tune in “Bells Of El Camino” that sounds exactly like a tune in another song, but I can’t think of what that other song is. Grrr.

This is the tune:

The Corner Laughers – “Bells Of El Camino (2012) (excerpt)

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I’m finding it enormously frustrating because I’m convinced that exact tune, slowed down a little, is in another song somewhere. But where?

For a while I thought it might have been this bit of the Laverne & Shirley theme:

Laverne & Shirley Theme (1976) (excerpt)
(Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox [sung by Cyndi Grecco])

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But that’s not it. I’m sure it’s something else.

Help!

Here’s the full version of the Laverne & Shirley theme in case you’re interested:

Laverne & Shirley Theme (1976) (excerpt)
(Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox [sung by Cyndi Grecco])

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Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "Grasshopper Clock"

April 16, 2012

And now for some cute twee neo-psychedelic harmony-laden baroque pop:

The Corner Laughers – “Grasshopper Clock (2012)

“Grasshopper Clock” appears on the band’s latest album, Poppy Seeds, which received an enthusiastic review from Bill Kopp over at his MusoScribe blog. I’m looking forward to buying the album when it’s available. (Although one can pre-order it if one so wishes. In fact, one thinks one will.)


Song of the day: The Corner Laughers – "Transamerica Pyramid"

March 18, 2011

I had planned on gettin’ back to some Australian songs, but this turned up in my electronic travels and I couldn’t resist it:

The Corner Laughers – “Transamerica Pyramid (2011)

Tomorrow we’ll have an Australia song. Sort of. (It’s an Australian band playing a song from England.)

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