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Last week (AKA: The Best Week Ever!), Kristin and I got ourselves a new little kitten, and per Logan’s suggestion, I’ve put together a short playlist to celebrate.

It’s made up of a songs about cats, some explicitly, and others not so much. Like the Mountain Goats song, for example, is pretty impressionistic in its suggestion of a feline, with lines like “in your arms, I am a wild creature” and “white carpet thick with pet hair”; while both The Weakerthans tracks actually follow the heartbreaking story of Virtute the cat, one of the single saddest tales ever told in song. Jason Collett’s “Little Tiger” is pretty specific for our little runt (see picture above), while Karen O’s song from Where the Wild Things Are is pretty universal in its evocation of kittens playing. And I couldn’t not include a Best Coast song (duh), much less the one with the infamous line, “I wish my cat could talk.” The other songs are just great and happen to have “cat” or “tiger” in the title. Enjoy!

mp3: The Head And The Heart – Cats and Dogs

mp3: The Weakerthans – Plea From A Cat Named Virtute

mp3: Jason Collett – Little Tiger

mp3: Rogue Wave – Catform

mp3: Karen O and the Kids – Rumpus

mp3: ARMS – Tiger Tamer

mp3: Best Coast – Goodbye

mp3: The Cure – The Lovecats

mp3: The Mountain Goats – Broom People

mp3: The Weakerthans – Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure

[BONUS] And since we’re about 99.99% sure we’re naming the little guy “Elliot”, here’s a bonus track of Elliott Smith covering a Cat Stevens song:

mp3: Elliott Smith – Trouble (Cat Stevens cover)

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arms_img02_hiresSorry about the lack in posts lately – but after finishing finals both Logan and I have headed home for the holidays, and we’re both really enjoying the time away from computers. So you can expect sporadic posting at best for the another week or two. Sorry! But not that much! That said, this is pretty awesome – so I had to take a minute to write about it. The band is ARMS, which is essentially just Todd Goldtstein of Harlem Shakes (RIP), and he’s pretty great.

I know I’m a little late to the party here, considering ARMS’ debut album Kids Aflame came out in the middle of last year, and despite it making a few end-of-2008 lists it wasn’t until very recently that I actually listened to the whole thing through. But wow, this thing is good. It’s pretty lo-fi in a lot of ways (think NOT Harlem Shakes), but the DIY aesthetic works perfectly, giving each song a lot of room to gently sort itself out. I’d write more, but I’ve got some friends to meet. You know – home for the holidays stuff. Enjoy!

mp3: ARMS – Tiger Tamer
from the album Kids Aflame (Amazon/iTunes)

mp3: ARMS – Sad, Sad, Sad
from the album Kids Aflame (Amazon/iTunes)

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