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Old 07-10-2009, 12:04 PM   #16
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I think that my Mcluskyverse breakdown is now looking something like the list below. In a shocking turn of events, it seems that FotL is actually the better band of the two. Very, very strange.

1) Mclusky Do Dallas
2) Curses (this one is perilously close to Dallas)
3) Travels With Myself And Another (this one is perilously close to Curses and, by extension, Dallas)
4) My Pain and Sadness is More Sad and Painful Than Yours
5) The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire (these two are also perilously close...I have just really been enjoying the 1-2-3 punch of "Whiteliberalonwhiteliberalaction," "Rice is Nice," and "Flysmoke," the last few months; and, really, ...on Fire suffers from having tracks as stunning as "She Will Only Bring You Happiness" and "KKKitchens, What Were You Thinking?" sequenced both back-to-back and so early)
6) Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires
∞) Anything by Shooting at Unarmed Men
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Old 07-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #17
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Oh, and Metacritic finally woke up. Idiots.

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Old 07-19-2009, 09:07 PM   #18
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If you don't like this song, then you are an idiot. Just saying. Schubas on Tuesday, NSW. You should really go. If you've ever had any faith in my taste, now is the time to remember it. Best band in Wales? It seems that way, at the moment. ...And, as you know, that's a whole lot of praise, coming from me.



Whose prison break is the most impressive?
I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go...Tim Robbins, in Jacob's Ladder.
Such patience, such verve and poise.
But, but...wait a minute...shit.
That's the wrong film.
Morgan Freeman would roll in his grave, if he were dead.
Which he nearly was, if you believe the hysterical, gung-ho, Technicolor crapfest
that is Sky News, or Murdoch Live, or whatever the hell the devil calls himself.
That is, Sky News, or Murdoch live, or whatever the hell the devil calls himself.
I preferred him when he was red and blatant, that guy.
I liked him better when he swooped around the land indiscriminately,
bending wills and souls with glee,
hurrying kids to their graves in the sea.
magnetically debasing the casts of the earth
in a terrible, wonderful focus of horrors.
A justice of sorts, if you listen to fools who have dressed in the dark for a bet.
A justice of sorts, if you listen to fools who have dressed in the dark for a bet.
A justice of sorts, if you listen to fools who have dressed in the dark for a bet.
A justice of sorts, if you listen to fools who have dressed in the dark for a bet.

I'm on a mercy mission to prove to my new love
that she is my nothing, that she is my no-one,
that even these triumphs are nothing without her,
that even these triumphs are empty.

But anyway, revel in it.
Be grateful when the comfort comes.
I can't stand still for the rest of my life,
but there's always lapsed Catholics.

I need a change of focus, a badge of honour,
a mark of progress, a rope to hang from.
To make a difference, I need composure.
To make a difference, to make it.

But anyway, revel in it.
Be grateful when the comfort comes.
I can't stand still for the rest of my life,
but there's always lapsed Catholics.

The trick is, don't start.
Be aware, be alert.
The truth is, no words are
worthy to hang on her.

Lapsed Catholics are the worst.
Lapsed Catholics are the worst.
Lapsed Catholics are the worst.
Lapsed Catholics are the worst.
Give me something I can take away.
Give me something I can take away.
Give me something I can take away.
Give me something I can take away.
Give me something I can take away. (The problem with these people is)
Give me something I can take away. (they understand the obvious.)
Give me something I can take away. (The problem with these people is)
Give me something I can take away. (they understand their vices, not their faults.)

Lapsed Catholics are the worst.
It's part of who they were,
and who they'll be again.
And who they'll be again.


Just reading it is enough to give me goosebumps. Brilliant shit. Consult Metacritic, if you doubt me. Not only is it easily one of the most well-reviewed albums of the year, far and wide, but even Cokemachineglow (a huge proponent of the first record) has now comparatively turned on the band. That's when you know they've struck gold--CMG has done an about-face and is upset that other people are noticing. The mark of a champion, there!
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:10 AM   #19
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A shade under 11 hours, now. I am going to try to kiss Falco, I think. And a question of etiquette: would it be rude for me to accost the band while wearing a homemade shirt with "Mclusky is dead" on the front and "Long live Mclusky" on the back? Uh, in duct tape letters?
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:12 AM   #20
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Also: If I eat what I fuck and I fuck what I eat, am I worthy?
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:57 PM   #21
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Front:



Back:



The color of light suggests that there are two colors for the letters, but this is not the case--it's just the color of the light. All done with duct tape on a black shirt. I'm going to look like a retarded Henry Rollins, tonight. Can't wait.
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Holy shit, you're a SOMBIE aren't you?

It figures.

Fucking awesome shirt, though. Report back any and all interesting reactions.

P.S. I am inconsolably jealous.
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Old 07-21-2009, 08:26 PM   #23
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A SOMBIE, yes. Ha. I always wondered if that was you I sometimes noticed, over there. ...Unless there's someone else with a Hendrix-ish tag You're aware, then, that they're unlikely to play "Lapsed Catholics"? Don't get too jealous, good sir or madam. My heart is breaking, even as it swells.
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I bought this goddam album tonight, so you better be happy for once in your life, Shouter.
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He's too busy getting his ass kicked by drunk Cubs fans who hated his t-shirt.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:27 AM   #26
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Well done, u2pm. You made the right choice. As for me, I had a blast! Didn't get my ass kicked, either--just had a few folks wanting to take a picture of me. At any rate, this was one of the loudest, most hilarious shows I've ever been to. So loud that parts of the show were simply washes of white noise, and though it looked like Falco's head was going to explode, he was singing so loudly, you couldn't hear a thing. Amazing. Also, Falco told me that the band has (very tentative) plans to get back to Chicago by the end of the year...to record the next record! I hope that this means they're going to join back up with Steve Albini, like the old days, but we'll see. In all honesty, these two FotL albums have been better engineered than the Mclusky/Albini albums...

Whatever, though. Great fucking night, and great fucking news. I even got to meet Jack's (the drummer's) parents! Madness! They'd come all the way from Wales for the band's "first sold-out headlining show in America that wasn't in somebody's bathroom."
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Sounds like a good show.

I have to admit....the album kicks ass. I've only listened to it once, and it wasn't even on a good set of headphones or speakers, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Buying it off of blind faith in your constant hyping was not a mistake.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:42 PM   #28
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I'm so glad to hear that! More glad, of course, that you spent some of your hard-earned scratch on a group of guys who've been trying like blazes to succeed in a relentlessly clueless industry. They appreciate it.
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Listening to it now. So far impressive, definitely not the sort of stuff I'd download on my own accord, but I am enjoying it.
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You, sir, are not an idiot.

Make sure to buy it, if you like it...!
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