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.
I was just emailed the super-secret initial lineup for 80/35 and I have to tell you that, for me, it's the best line-up they've ever put forth...and it's just the first round of announcements.
We'll be able to talk more about it after it goes public on Tuesday morning at 10am.
I know that it's a foriegn idea for some of you to buy tickets for something without knowing what that something contains but this lineup is sick and you have no need to worry about buyers' remorse if you decide to pull the trigger on tickets to 80/35 already.
Keep in mind, that this ticket purchase is more than just a gateway to an entertaining weekend full of good times, it's a vote of confidence for an amazingly hard working group of individuals (almost all of whom are 100% volunteer status) that have given Iowa some really great things to help put it on the cool map. GDP, Little Big Fest, and the myriad workshops and seminars that are put on year after year do so much to help bolster an artistic collective in the tall corn state that is rivaled by very few.
TL, DR? Get your 80/35 tickets and smile on Tuesday when you find out that it was the best decision you've made in a minute.
Fun Fact #1 - There are three "check off my forever list" acts booked at 80/35 2013
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