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.
Whenever I meet a new person and they find out what I've been doing career-wise for the last decade and change, the discussion invariably turns to what famous people I've met.
This also happens whenever I have to host a tour of the radio station or talk to a school classroom about the field of broadcasting....when I lose them while I'm explaining how important advertising is to us, I reel 'em back in with this list, lol.
FAMOUS PEOPLE/ARTISTS I'VE INTERVIEWED/MET BECAUSE OF THE RADIO GIG