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.
Another big festival dropped it's lineup today...
Mumford & Sons, Cake, Built to Spill, The Postal Service, The Arctic Monkeys and Macklemore x Ryan Lewis are all headed to the Pacific Northwest to hit up Sasquatch over Memorial Day weekend this year.
It's a solid lineup and I was contemplating checking this festie out as The Gorge is such a scenic place, but I'm sticking with Coachella this year (and couldn't be more excited!)
In related events, here's a travel tip - when planning a trip around an event like a music festival, often times area hotels fill up fast (festival camping isn't really my style these days) or are prohibitively expensive. So what's the alternative? Renting a vacation condo/house can be VERY cheap (especially when travelling with a group) and there are myriad websites that hook up condo/homeowners with travellers to make finding such a place a BREEZE
VRBO.com is where we found our condo (kitchen, laundry, jacuzzi) for a 1/3rd of the price we would have paid for a comparable hotel set up.
Craigslist is another good resource but YMMV as there is no reference check when selling via this internet behemoth.
It's shaping up to be a GREAT festival season with so many great artists dropping new albums, I'm excited to dig in and start it up!
Fun Fact #1 - The first Glastonbury Music Festival was held in 1970 on the day after Jimi Hendrix died.
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