Wednesday, May 04, 2005

i'm feeling real fucking good, people

four tet - "smile around the face"
four tet - "and then patterns"
(everything ecstatic, domino, 2005)

ex-fridge kid kieran hebden returns to the game as if he never dropped a mediocre third LP on his new set, everything ecstatic. this album appears to be the result of culling the best elements of pause and rounds, with slight nods to prefuse and caribou for stepping game up. (ed. note: seriously, i know that these cats all have "signature sounds" or whatever and don't roll together, but i think they're all contractually obligated to drop new albums every 2 years, with a staggered monthly release schedules in the same financial quarter. can someone please look into this?). "smile around the face" is battle-tested four tet, organs blasts and acoustic guitar licks matched to off-kilter drum loops. for the new spring collection, kieran flips it with a high-pitch vocal sample (KANYE!) and throws in the subtle texture around the 2:57 mark. "patterns" brings bounce for the sexy (results). you can try for for yourself when the album drops on may 31st. feel free also to watch him put it down in northampton at the iron horse on july 7th.

- i'd spend time talking about your 2004 world champions, but tito urged us all to take the suspension like men. besides, who needs idle trade talk and nonsensical chatter when you're living large off the bottom third of majors? also, i never thought five games up on the yankees would mean less than three games behind the orioles.

- meanwhile, the g(reen)-unit faces potential back-to-back elimination games. espn seems to think that indy going 16-5 at home over the last 21 games is the key stat in this series. unfortunately, what's really real in terms of numbers in 'toine's stat line from game 5: 10/7/3/1/1. employee #8 better come correct and realize that anything less than a first round victory jeopardizes his boston futures and turns him into an undeserved media/management scapegoat. i have that seven game feeling here, but the series is legitimately up for grabs. as your boy predicted, jamal tinsley becomes the key figure looming over the whole series.

- so my favorite album of all-time finally gets the double disc re-release treatment in time for the 10 anniversary? there's an attendent piece of literature? there's no way it could ever be like hearing "midnight in a perfect world" for the first time all over again. if you don't own this record, we can't be friends.

- marvel comics to make moving pictures with sound on the paramount soundstage. nothing like leveraging the rights to a character/property who might not rightly belong to you (captain america) as collateral against your balloon-financed development deal. didn't these dudes just pull out of chapter 11 like 5 years ago?

- more comic book movie madness: mike avon oeming, of powers/thor/stormbreaker/(soon to be) red sonja fame, has written, directed, produced, and starred in his own 15 minute short based on his image book six. this is really good for being a no-budget movie.

- flowing smoothly to indie cinema, watch the village voice give some credit to homegrown somerville indie funny ha-ha. i always feel like i see kate dollenmayer/"marnie" in allston, but i'm too afraid to show stalker love.

- nerd love for wednesday, may 4th. shining knight #2 and y: the last man #31 co-headline this show. get over the small shipping week by getting familiar with sam brown's pictures. i feel like exploding dog could be the next indie illustration merch bonanza...oh wait.

i should be making time with a quick update tomorrow afternoon, where i remind not to sleep on c-dubs/c-bananas in cambridge on friday. i'll be arriving stylishly late as always.

xoxo,
brendan funwrecker.

p.s. funwrecker says baile.

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