Fuse #8

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gothic Rock Pop With a Twist of Ennui

It's a touch too soon to be squealing like a stuck pig about this, but I have a hard time keeping such things quiet. Yesterday I attended a Baker & Taylor presentation at a Queens Library in the morning. All in all, it was a good time. I was a bit amazed that the rep from Scholastic seemed incapable of pronouncing Cornelia Funke's name (his way would work if there were a song with the chorus of, "Won't you take me to, Funke Town") and the temperature of the event was wavering somewhere between 2 and 4 degrees below. But the goody bags were full of tasty treats, the tastiest of all being a sample cd by the Gothic Archies. Featuring Stephin Merritt (formerly of The Magnetic Fields) the group has in the past done music for audio books like Coraline and A Series of Unfortunate Events. If you have ever seen author Daniel Handler in person then you know that he has a Count Olaf song he sings with an accordian. That's a Gothic Archies song, as it happens, and will be on the forthcoming The Tragic Treasury: Music for "A Series of Unfortunate Events". If I could, I'd put the songs online right now, but that would probably break all kinds of copyright laws hither and thither. You'll just have to wait for the release date on October, Friday the 13th (the same day as the release of the last Baudelaire book, The End.


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