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 attended the inaugural year of the North Coast Music Festival and had a buttrubbing blast out in that funky-ass park in Chicago over Labor Day weekend in 2009.
Chemical Brothers, Paul Van Dyke, Disco Biscuits, Nas & Damian Marley, De La Soul - it was hella hella fun.
Well, this festival just announced their first round of bands for Labor Day Weekend 2013 and it certainly does not suck, sir.
In preparation for my great move west, I began packing up my records and other goofy minutea and kitch last night. I dug up some real gems from YEARS ago during my time as host for our local show, now Iowa: Unsigned.
They were albums from bands long gone, bands that have done so much then anyone ever thought possible and bands that, to this day, I hold dear as friends.
It really took me back and lead me to look up some goofy online video documenting some of the most interesting and eclectic Iowa artists of the last ten years:
That's just a smattering of what's out there....thanks for all the great memories you guys.
Fun Fact #1 - My first day as an employee of KCCQ was 6/18/03
Almost 10 Years No Radio Job Free
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
Got a sweet new dream-pop album in the mail from our friends at Sub Pop Records.
Strange Pleasures from the band Still Corners.
I'll spend some more time with it and do a full write-up in a bit. For now, check out this little taste:
Kind of Beach House meets La Roux, no?
Fun Fact #1 - You can have anywhere from 4-7 dreams in one night!
5 Minutes Sandman Free