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.
The first ever promotional duties I was ever given charge of for a radio-sponsored concert revolved around a two-set evening with They Might Be Giants...a band that I have been enamored with for some time.
I remember setting up First Ave in Minneapolis with station paraphernalia and sitting down to enjoy a giganto beer before the show started. I got about halfway through the 32oz bottle of Newcastle and felt a tap on my shoulder. It was the tour manager making sure I had everything I needed to make a station announcement.
I had no idea that this duty was under my purview, but being the good soldier I am, I bravely took the stage and held down my anxiety vomit just long enough to crack out a "Welcome to First Ave, I'm Tony with Drive 105 - here's They Might Be Giants!"
After I stepped down from the stage, the vomit came up with a vengance....all over the front row of people stage left.
Despite my upchuck, I enjoyed the hell out of the set, cementing TMBG as one of my favorite live bands of all time.
One of the highlights of the show was the band plugging in a small radio to the First Ave PA and dialing up stations to play along with what was airing....they landed on a bunch of silly songs - the best of which was J-Lo's Jenny From The Block. Seeing TMBG play along with that gem was something trippy and magical and a live music experience that I will NEVER forget.
Fast forward to today where we find out that TMBG will be doing a set (16+?) at Wooly's in June.
Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10a and I have a feeling that they will sell out...fast.
Fun Fact #1 - TMBG have recently enjoyed great success recording a series of children's records.
10 years Birdhouse in Your Soul Free