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.
The best part of this job has always been working with the bands.
From the four-piece comprised of Iowa State students playing for Iwan's egg rolls, soup and Beer at Bali Satay to the national arena acts taking time to goof off with us before or after the show the level of appreciation for the things we do at the radio station was the same - off the charts.
I count many of these musicians as close friends and my appreciation for them is also off the charts. Watching them sacrifice family, money, blood, tears for their art is something that is truely awe-inspiring. Watching these people on all levels really risk it all in pursuit of a dream is an aspiriation that we should all strive for.
I can remember vividly the marriages, divorces, fights, hugs, vomits, bouts of laughter and scares shared with these true artists over the years and my fondest memories of working here will always be rooted in my interactions with the people making the food we feed to you.
I've been thanked many times over the years for helping to "bolster the scene" or my efforts to selflessly promote the underdogs. All those kudos belong to the artists. I'm just doing my job. I've always said that these guys have made it easy...if the music sucked and it was hard to be excited about, then I am going above and beyond...but it simply doesn't and that's what always made my job a true joy.
BIG THANKS NAME DROP - Consider this a transfer of kudos to the following: