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.
Alongside a bunch of you, I am bummed that we had to postpone (again) the Morrissey concert ticket giveaway this week.
He's an artist that I've always like from his early days with The Smiths into his solo career and his late resurgence with a string of really great records over the last decade.
I'm told by Moz' people that the show WILL go on (at a later date, natch) and that he expects to make a full recovery from the ulcers that sidelined him on this trip out.
We'll keep you informed as to when that date will be made up AND if you've already entered into the drawing, never fear - your entries will remain good until we draw the winners.
Fun Fact #1 - Morrissey told a journalist at SxSW that an offer of $5M to have The Smiths reunite at Coachella was turned down.
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