Letterpress List No. 16: La-La-La Land

On our mornings in Paris (sigh), Mary and Shop Boy were awakened by many things other than the alarm clock and cellphone we broke: screaming schoolkids on the nearby playground, the symphony of church bells that chime in unison across the city on Sundays, performers on the cobblestone street, the hunger for more cheese …

Perhaps even more memorable, though, was this guy on a little motorbike who, after having a few too many cocktails with his buds, “parked” in the courtyard, wiping out into a collection of trash cans.

Bummer, right?

He pulled himself out of the pile and sang out: La-La-La!

It’s become the unofficial motto of Typecast Press, the French take on “Stuff Happens.”

Anyway, as Shop Boy was thinking about what kind of New Year’s greeting to offer here, the merry Parisian dude came to mind. So …

Welcome to 2008! Some good stuff’s gonna happen; some bad stuff, too. And at year’s end, we’ll just stand up, brush off the mess and, ahem, press on.


***Letterpress List No. 16

Here’s about an hour of music to celebrate the senses of wonder, possibility, doubt and loss that seem to wash over us at the turn of the year. Were we good enough last year? Will this be the year we become what we know we can and should be? Will there be a 2009? And perhaps more importantly, if there is a 2009, will there be a Letterpress List No. 68?


Most of these tunes should be available in the usual places.

Happy New Year!

The Dock of the Bay — Otis Redding (Best song ever?)
Time in a Bottle — Jim Croce (If not, this is. Shop Boy cries every single time.)
MultiplyJamie Lidell (Channeling the funk. One of Mary’s discoveries.)
Bring Me to LifeEvanescence (Get off the ledge.)
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)Green Day (Lessons learned.)
Get Ur Freak OnMissy Elliott (Hate the spelling, not the speller.)
It’s All Been DoneBarenaked Ladies (“Alone and bored on a 30th-century night. Will I see you on The Price Is Right?” LOL.)
You Better You Bet Roger Daltry (“I don’t really mind how much you love me. A little is all right.”)
Let My Love Open the DoorPete Townshend (Equal time in Who-ville. Shop Boy’d never noticed how similar the lead-in is to Daltry’s. Funny.)
No More DramaMary J. Blige (Just an idea.)
The WreckoningBoomkat (She’s sooo tough.)
Feel Good Inc.Gorillaz (Maybe the coolest band side project ever. OK, that Shop Boy knows about, anyway.)
You Know I’m No GoodAmy Winehouse (Hang on, hon.)
Story of My LifeSocial Distortion (Rock-and-roll weekends, alas, get old.)
Wouldn’t It Be Nicethe Beach Boys (Yes, it would.)
Wash Us AwayIan Hunter (“For all the wrong reasons we rescued each other.”)
Steady As She Goesthe Raconteurs (Acoustic version’s even better.)
ElectedAlice Cooper (Speechless. Us, not Alice.)
The Way It Really IsLisa Loeb (Everything is fine … right?)
Where’s Your Head AtBasement Jaxx (Monkeys rock!)
Breathe (2 AM)Anna Nalick (Friends in need.)
Friend of a FriendFoo Fighters (Friends no longer there.)
I Can See Clearly NowJohnny Nash (Ahhh …)

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