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.
Here we are...Halloween and the end of my list....these should have been seen by all of you.
#2 - The Shining
My wife has never seen this movie all the way through - not because she's unnerved by the eerie Moroder score, the bleak and hopeless sweeping shots of the Overlook and it's surroundings, or the brilliantly acted descent into madness that Nicholson so memorably put onto the screen.
It's soley because she has always started making out and stopped paying attention to the screen when the movie has been on......every time.
(A tradition that we continue to honor to this day - wink, wink)
Seriously though, this is such a bad ass film full of weird mind f***s and mad imagery that it still leaves me shaken after more than three dozen viewings.
Especially off-putting is the early exchange between Scatman Cruthers and Danny Lloyd as the family gets their first look at their final resting place.
The only other scene that is forever burned into my brain is the bear suit BJ in room 237...straight up WTF.
Fun Fact #1 - According to Shelley Duvall the infamous 'Heere's Johnny!' scene took 3 days to film and the use of 60 doors.
Fun Fact #2 - There is only one onscreen murder in the entire film.
666 Seconds Here's Johnny Free