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Today's song is The Monochrome Set's "Ten Don'ts for Honeymooners" (MP3), a fine and odd 1981 single from a band I'm always amazed more people don't know. TMS formed in late 1977--their prehistory is tangled up with Adam and the Ants', curiously--and kept going, on and off, through the late '90s. There are a ton of compilations of their stuff, sometimes with baffling packaging (the American Best Of is actually just two of their studio albums stuck together); I highly recommend Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... as a starting point for the uninitiated, especially since it includes "He's Frank," one of the most formally perfect songs I know, and "The Jet Set Junta," which sort of has to be heard to be believed. I'm not alone in thinking that Franz Ferdinand owe them a considerable stylistic debt, especially w/r/t Alex Kapranos' vocal delivery (Kapranos has worked with their singer/guitarist/songwriter Bid on a couple of projects).

Here's the official Monochrome Set site; here's a good fan site, with lyrics (I really like their lyrics); here's the official site for Scarlet's Well, Bid's current band, which includes an interesting offer for anyone who wants to book a live appearance for them. (And thanks to Bid for permission to post this song.)

NaSoAlMo has a few more heroic participants:

Jodi Shapiro a.k.a. Burun
Martin Belam a.k.a. M-Orchestra
Maria Tessa Sciarrino
Philip Alderman
Charles Michelet

Tonight's your last chance to sign up in time to have the FULL MONTH OF NOVEMBER to make your solo album!

Otherwise: little to say. Election-related panic, which I'm attempting to dull with the aid of a bunch of reprints of old Avengers comics (and some phone-calling for; success last night with Madhur Jaffrey's ultra-simple recipe for ginger-garlic tofu (cut up a pound of extra-firm tofu into 3/4-inch cubes, sauté over high heat until lightly browned all over, add a teaspoon each of ginger powder and garlic powder, turn the heat down a bit and stir for a minute, add two tablespoons of tamari, stir for a minute, add a tablespoon of nutritional yeast, turn the heat off, and eat). There's a pile of comics by the door for trick-or-treaters. I really hope we get some.

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