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.
My Record Store Day purchases came in the mail!
I decided to pick up something from a new (to me) band and the silliest release I could find this year.
For the new band, I went with Church Mouth re-release from Portugal. The Man #390 of 500 on bone-colored vinyl and the vinyl Chessbox Edition of Liquid Swords from GZA.
The GZA album is easily the best of the individual releases from the Wu-Tang clan and arguably the best Wu release since Enter the 36 Chambers. RZA's production is tops and GZA's verbal playground is on display in so many great ways throughout the entire thing.
Here's my favorite track:
Fun Fact #1 -Samurai believe that one must never ever draw their sword without drawing blood.
6 Days 6th Chamber Free