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"A Group Called"

The Washington Post let's us know who it's okay not to have heard of:

The Dave Matthews Band, Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket will team up; the Dixie Chicks and James Taylor will work together; a group called Death Cab for Cutie will open for Pearl Jam; Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo will tour together, as will John Mellencamp and Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds.
If he had written "...will work together; Death Cab for Cutie will open for..." would it really have been unclear that "Death Cab for Cutie" was the name of a band? It seems to me that, in context, the odds that the reference was to an actual death cab would have been pretty low.

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Who the hell is "My Morning Jacket"? Help me out, kids.

Posted by: Grumpy | Aug 5, 2004 1:00:31 PM

And is "Jurassic 5" a group, too? (Is Dave Matthews a band???)

Posted by: Grumpy | Aug 5, 2004 1:01:37 PM

My Morning Jacket is a bad out of Louisville, I believe. They have a lovely song called "Mageetah" which can be heard, lamentably, in a current Coors commercial (playing both sides of the political fence!). Jurassic 5 is an LA-based rap group with an old-school late-80s sound; sort of like the Sha Na Na of rap, but a lot better than that would imply. It's a pretty solid lineup, I'd have to say. Cuts across a lot of geographic and musical territory.

Posted by: chilly | Aug 5, 2004 1:09:21 PM

I'm sorry, did you just say "The Sha-Na-Na of rap"? Jesus, that's good. I'm reminded of Sandler's (c)Han(n)uk(k)a(h) song: who, in Jurassic, is Bowser the Jewish bass?

Posted by: T: Central | Aug 5, 2004 1:11:32 PM

No, the author of the article is saying that he will donate the jacket he wore this morning for use on the tour.

Posted by: old guy | Aug 5, 2004 1:15:15 PM

I saw J5 last year. They have a new song called "Fuck Bush" that is pretty good.

Posted by: praktike | Aug 5, 2004 1:25:49 PM

Does "death cab" mean something other than "a phantom taxi a person hails and then is taken away by and killed by/never seen again"?

Posted by: SamAm | Aug 5, 2004 1:28:02 PM

These liberal agitators make sounds in the forest that nobody hears. We are protecting those forests. We'll need roads to do it. And we'll build them.

No rock star can prevent us from turning the corner. Because Liberty will never be deterred. Bring on the liberal artist pessimism. Their vision is hopeless and will never lead us to freedom. You can only find freedom through fear. The fear of God. We will never turn back on God. And besides, we've got Vincent Gallo.

Posted by: Free Lover of Freedom and Liberty | Aug 5, 2004 1:34:46 PM

Chilly-MMJ isn't in a Coors commercial. It's some new beer called Aspen Air or something like that. Unless, of course, Aspen Air is owned by Coors, in which case we'd both be right.

Posted by: mark | Aug 5, 2004 1:36:59 PM

I heard Swiftboat Vets for Truth were playing as well.

Posted by: j.scott barnard | Aug 5, 2004 1:38:20 PM

See, reading the Post on the internet you miss the story on the opposite page of the print edition:

"'Death cab' kills local cutie, four others"

Posted by: alkali | Aug 5, 2004 1:39:24 PM

Does "death cab" mean something other than "a phantom taxi a person hails and then is taken away by and killed by/never seen again"?

Have you ever driven in the Boston metropolitan area?

Posted by: Chance the Gardener | Aug 5, 2004 1:40:13 PM

And I think Aspen Air is the Coors' 'low carb' beer. (low carb beer, hehehe)

Fear the power of Atkins!

Posted by: Chance the Gardener | Aug 5, 2004 1:41:17 PM

"And besides, we've got Vincent Gallo."

Zizka, stop it.

My Lady, who is in charge of movies, refused to download "Brown Bunny" for me. I am disconsolate.

I am in charge of music, so researched "emo" last night. Not just an old brain-damaged comic actor. It appears to be some really decadent shit. We baby-boomers required our whiners and weepers( see above, Jackson Browne & James Taylor) to be restrained, tasteful, self-ironic, and listenable under the influence of good bud. I blame alcohol for the decline in standards.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Aug 5, 2004 1:54:31 PM

You mean "lets".
[insert snarky anti-Harvard jibe]

Posted by: James | Aug 5, 2004 2:08:01 PM

Bob: There's a lot of miserable emo out there, but the genre isn't wholly without merit. If you want self-ironic emo, you might give Cursive a try (although they are somtimes filed under "screamo" -- so this may not what you're looking for).

Posted by: Tom | Aug 5, 2004 2:08:04 PM

There is apparently gas leaking into this comment thread. I hope Matt is insured.

Posted by: digamma | Aug 5, 2004 2:10:34 PM

"would it really have been unclear that 'Death Cab for Cutie' was the name of a band? It seems to me that, in context, the odds that the reference was to an actual death cab would have been pretty low."--MY

"I heard Swiftboat Vets for Truth were playing as well."--J. Scott Bernard

It seems to me that, in context, the odds that Mr. Bernard's reference was to actual "truth" are also pretty low.

Posted by: rea | Aug 5, 2004 2:41:26 PM

Only thing that bugs me about Death Cab For Cutie is that they named themselves after one of my all-time fave Bonzo Dog Band songs, but they don't actually bear any relationship to the Bonzo Dog Band (as in covering that song, or stylistics or anything).

But I guess it's okay. It's a pretty cool name anyway.

Posted by: DrBB | Aug 5, 2004 3:27:34 PM

I think it was just an awkward attempt by the writer to vary his sentence structure.

Posted by: Xavier | Aug 5, 2004 3:45:54 PM

Surely the WPost folks have heard of Death Cab for Cutie. The Wall Street Journal has, and when you're more retrograde than the WSJ, you may as well get your cane and call it a day.

I didn't know that My Morning Jacket was Dave Matthews's ATO label, though.

Posted by: PG | Aug 5, 2004 4:53:07 PM

Chance -- you're giving Coors too much credit -- the beer is actually called "Aspen Edge" (yeesh!). And yes, I still forgive MMJ for hitching their wagon to both Coors AND Atkins.

Posted by: chilly | Aug 5, 2004 5:41:45 PM

Best band name: Awful Falafel and The Waffles.
They play often over at BHS.

Posted by: Slothrop of Boulder | Aug 5, 2004 5:43:12 PM

For the record, so to speak:

This must be imagined as sung by a 1960s British Elvis imitator of perhaps the 2nd or 3rd rank, with a lot of "buh huh huhs" filling in around the actual words:

Death Cab for Cutie
That night Cutie called a cab, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
She left her East Side room so drab, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
She went out alone in town
Knowing it would make her lover frown.
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

Well, I was only going to give the one verse, but what the hey:

The cab was racing through the night, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
His eyes, they were keeping Cutie in sight, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
When he saw Cutie it gave him a thrill
Don't you know that baby cabs can kill?
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

[Bridge:]
Cutie, don't you play with fate.
Don't you leave your lover alone.
If you go out on this date
His heart will turn to stone.
Bad girl Cutie, what have you done, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
Slipping, sliding down on Highway 31, buh huh huh.
(Baby, don't do it)
The traffic lights change from green to red.
They tried to stop but they both wound up dead.
Death cab for Cutie
Death cab for Cutie
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.
Someone's going to make you pay your fare
Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

Kinda gets to ya, doesn't it. The pathos, I mean. Every great work of art tells a story. Gotta love that refrain, too. Someone's going to make you pay your fare.

Posted by: DrBB | Aug 5, 2004 6:30:08 PM

who, in Jurassic, is Bowser the Jewish bass?


T: Central -- sorry I missed the question before. That role is held by a guy named "Charlie Tuna." Don't think he's Jewish, but he's got the bass thing going.

Posted by: chilly | Aug 5, 2004 6:54:12 PM

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