Photography by Scott James Prebble…
WOOT! It’s mother-fucking Friday & I got an arm full of alligators!!!! It’s what we’ve been working toward, right? Another week of spending 5/7th’s of our lives waiting for the other 2/7th’s to begin? WOOT?
Anyway, it’s been a pretty action-packed week musically & emotionally & whatever, so how about we end this bad boy with a bang? I got just the right firecracker for ya, some tsuruloosies & a twofer Friday!!! Now, where’s that real woot?
Ah, that’s better! Let’s do this thing!!!! First up, a fresh batch of tsuruloosies to get us up to speed to what’s hot & hyped on the interwebbal superhighway of info love & puff & stuffs!!!
As always, we rate these nuggets out of 5 wheelies! By the way, for the roadies out there, if you do a wheelie, don’t bounce your bike around like this, you’ll just fuck your wheel up and honestly, wheelies aren’t that impressive unless you are, you know, like 8 years old. Okay, enough preacherin’, let’s get on wif it!
Ah shit, off to a meh start. It’s fine & stuff, but just kinda meh. A bit too rainy-day sounding for me (today).
huh. Again meh. *shrug* C’mon folks, hit me with something!
Okay, better. This is pretty. I just wish the rest of the album was remotely tolerable, oh my.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but man… so many of these “hot songs” are just…. fucking boring. Not bad, just zzzz.
Without the video to distract us, we can actually listen to the song now! Oh my. This sucks. Sorry. Heavy reverb/echo jibber-jabber over an annoying noise & drums? Ugh. As the nasty bitches (male & female) say on that MTV channel, “NEXT!”
NOTE: Yeah, I still gots it!
Okay, this one was ALL OVER THE TWITTERS. I heard it was intense & epic & stuff. Let’s see. Not sure about intense & epic, but definitely fun! And after those boring tracks (and that MIA thing), I’ll take it!
Woah, acoustic guitars? After the other songs, I thought we were knee deep in an electronic-week trend. This is cute! Fun & cute! Sweet! Now THIS is good for a sunny & gorgeous Friday, think we should we end this here, on a good note. This is sway your head side-to-side with a grin on your face music! YAY you! YAY me! YAY internet!
WOO! Need to catch my breath there.
All…. right! I don’t know about you, but I feel all caught up and hip and hyped and shit! Movin’ on! We got two gems we just gots ta talk about today! First up is the latest gem from Meursault, All Creatures Will Make Merry!
Yes, they really do have 40 u’s in their band name. For christ’s sake, you’d think they were Canadian — wait a sec, are they?– with all the u’s. Hell, Canucks even put a u where it doesn’t remotely belong just to get an “ou” action.
“Yogourt”? Really Canada? I mean, look, I do the “favourite” & “colours” thing, but yogurt is Y-O-G-U-R-T, no two ways about that one my dear frozen friends.
Anywhosal. The other day when Song, By Toad Records dropped a few tracks on us, we were pretty excited. This is one of those bands that just seems special, you know? The band describes this effort at “epic lo-fi” and even though, as Toad said, that’s about as meaningless as saying they sound like chocolate pudding, I also can’t seem to come up with any other words for it. Acoustic + lo-fi + homemade electronics + maybe an Irish folk flavour (yeah, “flavour”, but still, not yogourt) + fuck if I know. My brain also wants to tie them in with Frog Eyes & Sunset Rubdown a little, though that’s not really accurate either.
(Ir)regardless… It’s pretty beautiful, but it is “an album”, I don’t think single tracks do it justice, but let’s give it a try anyway, eh?
2. Crank Resolutions
3. All Creatures Will Make Merry
5. One Day This’ll All Be Fields
6. What You Don’t Have
8. New Ruin
10. Song for Martin Kippenberger
11. A Fair Exchange
Ah! And here’s their last album on the lala’s! Suh-weet.
And just like the post title and my general ramblings implied, nay stated, we ain’t done yet because we have also been listening to and loving the seemingly cantankerous The Monitor by Titus Andronicus
Cantankerous in that heavy-saliva type yelling way. You can almost hear the slobber as he hollers out all his emotions that drip up and down his sleeve.
Yes, I know that doesn’t make much sense but chances are you follow me, eh? Man, assuming a community mic, I would NOT want to go on after these guys without dipping that bad boy in some rubbing alcohol!
For some reason, when listening to The Monitor I hear a more cerebral Dropkick Murphys. Weird, eh? It’s not accurate, to be sure, but it’s my brain, and that’s just how my brain goes! Maybe it’s the general aesthetic of his voice, matched with the working-man’s thematics (man, look at that word use!) that pull up the similarities? Not sure, but it’s pretty wonderful.
1. A More Perfect Union
2. Titus Andronicus Forever
3. No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future
4. Richard II
5. A Pot in Which to Piss
6. Four Score and Seven
7. Theme From ‘Cheers’
8. To Old Friends and New
9. …And Ever
10. The Battle of Hampton Roads
Ah, and check it! Here’s the whole damn thing on lala! Guess I’m in a lala state of mind, eh?
That’s it! Have a wonderful weekend everyone, should be a busy one for me between riding and tsurufying (kinda like testifying, but much more debauchery oriented). Much love & cheers,