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I have a confession to make.

I despise The Decemberists. There.

They've made some musical appearances on shows lately and while they aren't nearly as bad as a lot of the other groups in their genre - I tried to sit through, give them a shot, really just listen with an open mind, etc.

I can't. The lead singer's voice hurts me like someone referring to Sum 41 as "punk" and I really wish "quirky clothes that don't really fit and interesting swoosh hair" wasn't what so many bands decide is their "image". Maybe they have some really genius lyrics I can find and appreciate but just never ever ever actually listen to the music - just like my relationship with The Weakerthans. (If you're a fan of the Decemberists and have never heard of the Weakerthans you should check them out. I think you'll like them a lot). If I am totally missing the glory of this band in my narrow and shallow ways let me know. It's entirely possible I'm just missing the point. I saw some mention of them in the same sentence with Orangina. And I'm definitely a huge fan of Orangina.

Oh - and I keep finding all these references to Pavement NOT being a painful new emo bullshit fest but can't find any actual evidence of it. My first exposure to them was working in the wee hours one morning in retail resetting the fixtures in the shoe department with the "planogram" (fake word) team. And the guy who was the floor lead for the shoe department (quite, uptight, didn't know he was gay yet) brought in some of his own music to play. After about 20 minutes I asked him why the hell we were listening to a tape of a bunch of whiney 14 year olds and he informed me that this was Pavement and they were Awesome.

Since then - I keep hearing about this "awesomeness". Please someone point me to at least the one album of theirs that you think is fucking "awesome". If it sounds like Death Texas for Dashboard December then I'll pass. If it's more like Fugazi, embrace, rites of spring, 7 seconds, etc. then I'm at least willing to give it a listen.

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umbrella
Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I like Pavement, mainly because Graham Coxon was influenced by them in Blur. Oh and Stephen Malkmus has done some decent solo albums. The Decemberists... hmm 16 military wives and the mariners song are okay. The rest sort of all swirl into the same song.

Orangina is lovely, when you're 12 and going on french exchange visits, otherwise it's pulpy fizz mank.
maddening
Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
I can't take the voice of the guy - but I'll look up those two songs.

And even Karl seemed to have good things about Pavement until I found and played the albums I'd heard and then he agreed with me. Maybe there was some sort of golden era of goodness.

I still like Orangina. I'm not a big soda fan and used to just mix club soda and juice so it's more convenient and not nearly as Holy Shit Sweet as most sodas.
umbrella
Dec. 2nd, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hmm his voice is just as bad as those, but the backing distracts you a bit. Hmm I can't recall the name of the other "HOT" band from this year that had a vocalist that was utter, utter, utter shit. Couldn't even hold a note, it's starting to annoy me now trying to remember.

Albumz of da year are 'Joanna Newsom - Y's' 'Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah' (I can accept I'm now middle aged by liking this) and probably 'Buffalo Daughter - Euphorica'. Zero 7. The Divine Comedy and Beck were okay too.


umbrella
Dec. 3rd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Remembered them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoNFXBWrd4Y

Beyond inferiority! Clap your hands say yeah.

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