Excuse Me While I Do The Boogaloo

Giving ourselves permission to headbang, breakdance, and scream

 

ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Califone, Heron King Blues (Thrill Jockey) In the nightmare, Tim Rutili found himself running. "This screaming, beaked creature kept coming at me and I'd think it was going to kill me," the Califone frontman recently told the Chicago Tribune. "It would get closer, and then I'd realize it's just a little guy dressed as a bird on stilts. It was a way of saying, 'Take a good look at what you're afraid of, because sometimes it's nothing.'"

I think we can all guess who won the air guitar contest: Earl Root (second from left) from KFAI's 'Root of All Evil' jams with the pick-up band at Mötley Tuesdays
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I think we can all guess who won the air guitar contest: Earl Root (second from left) from KFAI's 'Root of All Evil' jams with the pick-up band at Mötley Tuesdays

Sometimes nothing is a thing worth fearing. The unexplained, the unheard, the unknown--on Califone's haunting bird meditation, it's all a swampy abyss that the blues fell into. Banjos whisper to each other of their owners' lives, the organ sighs like an old rocking chair, and lyrics fall together in dream logic. When your brain finally weaves a narrative between these things, it's only an afterthought. This city is wrecked/A fistful of shake/No where to collapse/Let it pass. Rutili intones his lines as if he's singing along to someone else's song and has no idea how he knows the words. Each syllable unsettles him more.

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