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.
It's been a busy few weeks around here with Halloween, the election cycle winding down, and the start of men's hoops at ISU (YEAHHHH!). So I haven't had time to properly address the biggest pop culture news of the year:
THE SALE OF LUCASFILM TO DISNEY AND THE RETURN OF STAR WARS TO THE BIG SCREEN FOR EPISODE VII,VIII, & IX!!!!!
I don't know how anyone could be bummed by this....at all.
I get that there's this "fooled me once" mentality that permeates some of the fanbase who felt gypped after the release of episodes I-III. The thing with that is the problems that the naysayers (count me among the few that actually liked the prequels, sure Jar Jar was weak...but podracing, Darth Maul? Awesome) was the writing...Lucas, the directing...Lucas, the overuse of green screen...Lucas and the general dumbing down of the story to pander to kids...Lucas.
So now the reins have been handed to Kathleen Kennedy - a woman who makes boss movies and does it well - so the template that we love is there...the colors have been set aside...and the canvas is blank. All we need is someone gifted to paint us more pictures and the possibility that brings to me is the best news I've heard all year.
If you'll excuse the following...I have New Hope...and that is awesome.
Fun Fact #1 - The Chewbacca suit retained a bad smell for the duration of filming after the trash-compactor scene in A New Hope.
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