Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nietsche inspired me with talk of folk songs, and I felt that I had to share Brass Monkey. They're a British folk group that uses, well, brass instruments as well as the traditional implements of folkery: the mandolin, the violin (every so often), the guitar, the drums, and the concertina. The selection up above is "Jolly Bold Robber," an energetic piece about "a young sailor and a jolly bold robber, stood seven full feet high, and, in proportion, quite strong." I apologize about the video quality, because folk bands (like poets) seem to have difficulty with video.

The selection down below is "The Fable of the Wings," the lyrics of which have something sad to say about aesthetic experience. Also: flight, magic-bean sellers, and cosmetic surgery.

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