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 couldn't do it....I broke down all weekend and absorbed everything I could via Twitter/Reddit regarding Coachella weekend 1.
I was laughing my ass off as R.Kelly Daft Punk'd 80K molly-addled festival goers during Phoenix's set on Saturday amid rumors that the French dance duo were going to make an appearance with their fellow countrymen on the main stage at the desert festival.
Look - I've seen some magical things in my life. Things that should/could never be repeated for any reason. They remain rooted in memory, awaiting a time when they are needed for nostalgia or to just cheer me up.
To artificially recreate those exact things, never works and only ends up cheapening the experience that you had before.
That's how I feel about all of the folks over in the California desert this weekend who were so desperate to see a repeat of 2006's game changing DP performance.
If you weren't there in '06, too bad. It sucks that you missed that moment, but that magic has been spent and will never happen again.
You should be looking for NEW magic in young and upcoming bands that surround you today.
In any case - while everyone at Phoenix's set got rick-rolled, I was kicking off my festival season at GDP and was BLOWN away by the warmth and talent that exuded from the hearts and minds of festival performers and volunteers alike.
For me, it was as awesome as the first epic GDP that served as The Envy Corps' proper headlining party.
5 Minutes C.R.E.A.M. Free
Thanks DMMC & Iowa music fans for such a great event.