March 19, 2009

The Blow//What Tom Said About the Girls

It’s not a secret that I’m a pretty big fan of the K Records sound. That’s partially why I thought I would like K labelmate The Blow when I found out that she was opening up for Mirah at a show in Tortonto in roughly 2004? Sadly, what I got was a whole lineup of girls wearing stupid outfits and singing over pre-recorded music on CDs that piped to a PA via a discman. I-Did-It-Myself Indie Karaoke: a serious disappointment. When Mirah got up and played her songs with an actual guitar four odd hours later, I heaved a great sigh of relief.

That said, fast forward to me actually getting to hear Mikhaela Yvonne Maricich’s recorded music and my mind was totally changed. Without the distraction of my musicsnob anger over her discman singalong, I could listen to the rhythm and the lyrics, which are extremely clever.

Tom, an anthem for modern masculinity, is no exception. The song delves into the motivation behind catcalls and car-obsession in a fresh and mildly academic way, without being even slightly school marm-y, and that I can get down with. I can also get down with the fact that, according to Khaela’s Myspace page, The Blow enjoys skeeball. Because everyone knows that skeeball is the number one jam of life.

What Tom Said About the Girls.mp3

Well, I got a ride. It's hot, I drive it.
To pay the gas, I've got to 9-5 it.
The engine turns, it keeps the heat alive for the ladies.
All the girls in pictures, girls in bars, yeah,
Everybody knows a girl requires a car.
I drove one out to look up at the stars
And she was like,
"Tom, do you ever notice the spaces in between the stars?"
And I was like, "You know, well…"


Kevin said...

Finally caught up!

Mirah is one of the nicest people I've ever met. Want proof?:

g said...


Ersatz Logic said...

I am relatively certain that the line is "I go a rod, its hot, I drive it". Tough to tell - most of the lyrics sites say ride also. However, even if I'm in the wrong I choose to believe in the great double entendre on driving his "hot rod" instead.