“The Bathing Suit She Wore” – Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas

UPDATE: Fixed, thanks to commenter Jamie.

This is maybe my favorite song from this staple of my and my family’s holiday season. Well, there’s “Brothers”. Here: lemme talk a bit about one of the things that makes this movie so great. If you haven’t seen it, for shame. One of Henson’s best. The story?based on a book by Russell Hoban that I haven’t read but which would make (hint, hint) an incredible Christmas present?follows Emmet and his mother, who both destroy or sell each other’s money-making items in order to enter and hopefully win a talent contest. Their talents are both singing (though Emmet can also play the washtub bass), and they learn in the end that they’re only so-so unless they sing and play together.

Or maybe they learn that certain men who write a lot of bluegrass and roots music get mad that audiences fall so easily for effects-laden rock ‘n’ roll.

“Cato as a Pun” – Of Montreal (tab)

of_montreal_hissing_fauna__are_you_the_destroyer__polyvinylUPDATE: Yer probably better off headed here

This one wasn’t online for some reason. A capo helped me out. Feel free to play braggingly without one. Oh, and while I can’t hear anything wrong with the first D chord in the intro/chorus, it feels as though the song’s doing something other than alternating between two chords. I’m open to suggestions.


“Empty Shell” – Vic Godard & the Subway Sect (tab)

vicgodardI have a lot of work to do. I’m throwing an end-of-the-semester / end-of-my-comps party for English dept. friends, and they’re due to arrive in t-minus eleven hours. I’m expecting ten, maybe twelve people. I have low expectations.

So: rather than clean and go food shopping, why not try to figure out the guitar chords for an obscure song by a band I’d up until 2009 never heard of?

tabs after the jump