Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
#5 - Poltergeist
When I was in high school, I can remember getting into a very heated discussion with this kid in class regarding the scene in Poltergeist with Craig T Nelson and JoBeth Williams sparking a J in bed early in the film.
He posited that the ghosts in Poltergeist weren't nessecarily mad about the housing development being raised on top of their sacred burial grounds but rather the fact that Coach and his wife were smoking marijuana without going through the proper rituals required to keep the angry spirits pacified.
In his defense, this kid also ate about nine metric tons of LSD over the course of his first 18 years.
In any case, this is one of my favorites, kiddos...it's got polish, it's got Coach smoking the herb, it's got the scariest tree ever put to celluloid, and it's got Zelda Rubenstein....in other words, it's got it all.
Fun Fact #1 - The house used to film this movie is located in Simi Valley, California where it still stands today. The family who owned it when this movie was filmed still live there today.
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