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 are three super rad parties to ring in 2013
New Year's Eve Throwdown @DG's Taphouse - Mumfords, Dead Larry, Trouble Lights (YAY!), Iowa School of Burlesque, Utopia Park & Dr Murdock. 7p, $10.
Trouble Lights, Mumfords and Pheonix L'Amour & her burlesque kids are one helluva combo and the beer selection @DG's is tits. This is the best party in Ames, hands down.
NYE @The House of Bricks - The Maw, The Family (They threw the best NYE party I've ever been to), On A Pale Horse (\m/), Nest of Snakes. 8p, $10.
I can't imagine a harder way to celebrate the coming of 2013. The Family is a sort of supergroup of sorts that throws THE BEST NYE parties and On A Pale Horse is always completely and irrevicably bad ass.
Des Moines's Social Club's "The Bash" @Capital Square - Madison Ray, Chris Ford, Tires, Love Songs for Lonely Monsters, Des Moines Gay Mens Chorus & about a thousand other performers and entertainers will make this the BIGGEST party in Des Moines. 8p, $20 for entrance/$100 for VIP.
I don't have enough space here to list all the goings on at this shindig, suffice it to say you will be talking to your friends about this party through 2013 it will be that epic. For all the details, visit the Social Club's event page on The Bash HERE.
Wherever you end up on NYE, be safe and have the decency to pass out in your own home/hotel room...lulz
Fun Fact #1- In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year's Day as a symbol of good luck for the upcoming year.
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