Wednesday, May 21, 2008

So, have YOU heard Hairdryer Peace yet? You know, that new album everyone's talking about by that weird band the Hospitals? Man, that shit is really OFF THE WALL! Like, is this even music? I don't know man. It's just a little too weird for me!

Actually, I think I really do love this album. I'm not SURE that I do yet. Every night I go home after work, smoke a big bowl, sit directly between the stereo speakers in the dark, and try to figure out if I like it or not. Mostly then, it sounds awesome. The rest of the time it floats in the room like a musical embodiment of your subconscious mind. It's fragmented and makes intermittent sense, like a dream, and then when it's over you don't really remember anything but bits and pieces of it. But then you kinda wanna be back in that place again. My best recommendation for this album is: I don't want to listen to it all the time, but some weird part of my brain definitely does (probably the part sticky with accumulated resin).

I'll let you know if I ever finally decide if this album is genius or just plain old artgay. It's something, I'll tell you that much.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Partying with LE CLUB DES CHATS!!!

Since Le Club des Chats achieved the HIGHEST POSSIBLE ARTGAY rating in Dave's last post, you know they're good. And they love kitty-cats. And they love 7" covers littered with pictures of kitty-cats with lasers coming out of their eyes. And they're called "The Cat Club." So now you know they're gonna be not just GOOD, but AWESOME. And that's before you hear the gloriously insane, insanely catchy "Ring a Ding," from their Yes Madame! 7" on SS Records, sung in ridiculous, sped-up, French-accented voices.

Not that they're for everyone. My BF ordered their other 7" on SS, Pump Up the Seed! (they're fond of exclamation marks, too), for the same reason I did--they're French, and their cover art features laser-eyed cats. Not with the same results though. His first reaction: "I don't know whether I should like this or hate it." One week later: "I hate it." I can't guarantee that YOU will "like" it, but you definitely won't be able to get it out of your skull. Whenever I finally lose it and go on a public shooting spree, you better believe this is what's going to be playing in my head in a shrill and endless loop.

I found more animal-themed madness on the website for their label in France, Le Vilain Chien. Who are these people??? And what do they want??? Besides pictures of cats and dogs in party hats, that is?