Dug into the 7″ records last night and shoveled out a few of the greats. Starting with Diesel Boy’s Strap on Seven Inch, followed by Drive Like Jehu’s Bullet Train to Vegas, we then weaseled our way through Nation of Ulysses (Nation of Ulysses and The Birth of Ulysses Aesthetic), then on to Beastie Boys’ Polly Wog Stew, and finally concluding with Can We Be Mature? by The Dismemberment Plan. It was an interesting evening, to say the least. Can’t wait to do it again.
Oh, The Plan. Once a single album obsession, followed by near decade of (stupidly) swearing them off, to another decade plus of pure, adolescent giddiness. That pretty much sums up my relationship with this iconic DC band. Easily one of my top five all-timers (possibly top three). Meh, you should check ’em out.
Going forward, Thursdays, I’ve just decided, are going to be “me” days. In truth, this may be a fleeting subgenre that will fade away into Groove obscurity (anyone remember the Audio Odyssey? Of course you don’t). But wait! You ask… isn’t everyday “me” (you, not me) day? Au contraire, mon frère! Seldom do I pick that which I hold closest to my heart for obsessant fear of alienating any, and every other liable soul I come in contact with. Sure, I’ll fancy the now-and-again Wax Trax! Records post, but that’s mainly due to my laziness and lack of adequate time… or so I’m telling myself.
So today, the masses be damned! This is what I’d prefer to listen to (if politely asked), and I hope you get as much self-indulgent pleasure out of it as I do (or at least you can stomach the first 15 seconds of each hand picked slice of the Thursday pie):
Oxford Collapse – Keep ‘Em in a Canyon (2005 Kanine Records)
The Dismemberment Plan – Ok, Joke’s Over (1995 DeSoto Records)
Deftones – 7 Words (1995 Maverick records)
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning (2007 Asian Man Records)
Old 97’s – Drowning in the Days (1994 Big Iron Records)
Sean Na Na – Tumor Party (2000 Troubleman Unlimited)
As we struggle to gasp for the last remaining breaths of 2013, few certainties remain that remind us just how far the sailing ship of man has yet to trek. 1) People will continue to ignore their wailing car alarms at 4am, 2) that strengthening divide between wonder and disdain will persistently drift further apart and 3) if you don’t believe The Ice of Boston by The Dismemberment Plan to be the quintessential New Year’s Eve song, then you are the poster child for our collective lack of progress.
The Ice of Boston perfectly captures that self-reflecting social collapse that pits us squarely in the face of our central, unabashed core. There is no escaping this chamber of truth, and though the bulk of us spend a series of lifetimes attempting to ignore and dismiss our gut reactions, we seldom ever completely dissolve our issues by year’s end, and go along in celebrating another 365 steps closer to death. Sometimes it’s healthy to abandon hope with the ringing in of a new year, and sometimes our mental metamorphosis can create lucrative opportunities we may not have otherwise perceived.
The Plan never released The Ice of Boston on vinyl, which is indeed an unfortunate reality. The single off their 1997 album, The Dismemberment Plan is Terrified, The Ice of Boston EP (on compact disc) remains the sole release by the band on Interscope Records, and is without question a necessity amongst any serious music collector.
If you haven’t heard the track, make it numero uno on your 2014 list of overly-ambitious resolutions. You can find it easily enough on youtube or download it on iTunes for only $0.99. Whether you’re from the east coast of Sri Lanka or North America, the ice of wherever can, and usually will be dark and slippery.
Here’s to another goddamn new year!
It’s ANGRY CHRISTMAS here at the Prudent Groove, and to help us with our holiday jeering will be the following:
Rocket from the Crypt – Boychucker
The Dismemberment Plan – I Love a Magician
Oxford Collapse – Molasses
The Murder City Devils – Ready for More
Hot Snakes – Salton City
Defacto Oppression – It’s Not That Simple
Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II: The Reckoning
Stiff Little Fingers – Here We Are Nowhere
Chronic Sick – Mucho Macho
Slayer – Angel of Death