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.
Thank you all so much for ten years of the most fun I've ever had in any endeavor I've been a part of.
From the team here at New Rock to everyone down at the sister stations in DSM. Your friendship and support have made this the best and easiest job anyone could ever ask for.
Thank you to the artists I so blatantly name dropped over the last few days. Your art is what makes my job possible. You are the real heroes of this industry, we just serve the food you cook to the public.
Thank you to the listeners. You chose to spend your time listening to us and for every minute you spent with us I will be eternally grateful.
I have been able to live the dream for ten years in a station that I grew up with, surrounded by people that I care deeply for...very few people in this industry get that chance or that longevity.
Thank you all so, so much.
If you want to keep in touch - @TonyTarbox on Twitter will be the best way.
Fun Fact #1 - This has all been a dream come true.
10 Years Bad Times Free