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DOWNLOAD Parenthetical Girls - Do You Fear What I Fear? (MP3)

It was exactly one month ago (Nov 14) today (Dec 14) that I first started writing a post about Parenthetical Girls. My urgency at the time was their NYC show that night at Cake Shop. It was already too late to mention their November 11th Brooklyn show at Lucky Cat, and practically too late for Cake Shop - but at the least I would've gotten the rest of their November tour dates up here -- plus I wanted to express my love for their new tour-only Christmas EP (A Parenthetical Girls Family Christmas) that I illegally downloaded, and had been listening to pretty regularly at the time. Needless to say, their tour is now completely over, and I'm finally just getting around to writing something...blah blah...

I went to the Cake Shop show. It was intimate, awkward, and in your face - I loved it. Cake Shop shows can suck if it's packed, and it wasn't. That gave frontman Zac Pennington plenty of room to slowly and emotionally move through us as he sang and banged on the low ceiling, the floor, and anything else that would work as a drum. Fittingly, Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu) is one of their associates. Actually, one of the Parenthetical Girls' CD's is a Xiu Xiu-collaboration.

I didn't take any pictures at the show, but I found these good ones...

Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls

Parenthetical Girls

I legally bought the homemade 5-song Christmas EP at the show. On November 28th I found out that you can't play five songs by the same artist in one hour on the radio - at least that's what Sirius told me when I tried to end my weekly show by playing the whole EP. Instead I played four of the five songs. Pitchfork posted one of the tracks on Tuesday (an "exclusive"!). The MP3 linked on the top of this post is from that CD too. Wolf Notes posted two of the tracks on November 13th, but more importantly - the band just POSTED THE WHOLE CHRISTMAS EP FOR EVERYONE. After that, here are some more non-holiday ones (Merry Christmas)...

Love Connection, pt. II
Here's to Forgetting
C-86 Is Killing My Life



Comments (12)

I was surprised when Pitchfork reported about the Karen O demo that they didn't deem it an EXCLUSIVE! They seem to have a broader definition of that term than you or I do.

Posted by jerry | December 14, 2006 10:17 AM

hey, more parenthetical girls concert pics at

Posted by sam | December 14, 2006 10:43 AM

Sorry to go all muso here but that's a very cool looking guitar in the second photo. Anyone know what it is?

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2006 10:50 AM

I guess that's a Sirius only rule. Whole albums are played straight through on the radio all the time.

Posted by Chris | December 14, 2006 11:21 AM

..and oh yeah, this EP is great. Thanx for the tip.

Posted by Chris | December 14, 2006 11:23 AM

never heard the band but its a really terrible name

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2006 11:38 AM

I'm never one to care about or criticize people's year end "best of" lists but I really don't understand how PG did not blow up this year after Safe as Houses was released. That thing had indie hit written all over it in my opinion. It's a bit of a one trick pony perhaps (sad lyrics, lovely arrangements, endless use of chimes) but it's a nice little trick.

As for the band name I would guess that it's a play on Theoretical Girls but I could be wrong. I'm not defending the name, just sayin.

Posted by will | December 14, 2006 12:01 PM

I'm working on vid of the Cake Shop show.

Posted by joly | December 14, 2006 12:57 PM

To anonymous who asked what that guitar is: I'd tell you, but I fear that you want it bad enough to stalk them and steal their gear.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2006 4:28 PM

I'm in love with that guitar. Please, someone tell us what it is! I promise no theft will take place. You can trust me, I'm a stranger on the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2006 7:23 PM

Friday April 6th @ UNCLE PAULIE'S

Posted by Anonymous | March 5, 2007 3:35 PM

not too bad
nice!! i can't express how much I love IT, oh yeah, the nation are pretty good too.

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 3, 2008 1:08 AM

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