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Old 06-27-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
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Future of the Left: TRAVELS WITH MYSELF AND ANOTHER

Mclusky is dead. Long live Mclusky.

I'm utterly furious that nobody's talking about this motherfucking record, and I decided that I'd move my one-man conversation from the most recent Mclusky thread and into its own, since Mclusky sadly, really is gone. The guitar and bass tones one this thing sound like granite strings on a cinder block body being mauled, rather than played, by asphalt picks. Totally, brutally, gorgeously ugly and beautiful and mad and brilliant. Not to mention catchy as!



For context, a few relevant and at times very thought-provoking links...

Falco's reaction to the leak, culminating with this brilliant post-script--"Next time somebody tells me that i can't drink my rider in the building I'm playing in I'm going to fuck them with their own shoes.":

MySpace.com Blogs - future of the left MySpace Blog

A wonderful interview at DiS (they have ardently supported this record, and there are a few other excellent pieces up for perusal):

Conversing with myself and another: DiS meets Future Of The Left / In Depth // Drowned In Sound

And, actually, Wikipedia seems to be the best way to get a good idea of critical consensus:

Travels with Myself and Another - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Please listen to this. Mclusky was the best band since Nero was still on the violin, back in the day. Somehow, against any and all odds, FotL is even better. After all the shit and shit luck that these dudes have been through, they deserve at least a listen! So give them one, for fuck's sake!

Finally, make a point of hearing "Lapsed Catholics," which may very well be the best song of the year. Says DiS...

‘Lapsed Catholics’ ends the album devastatingly, starting as an acoustic spoken word piece completely at odds with everything else here, before bursting into the most anthemic thing FOTL have produced to date. Falco sounds nude by the end, screeching "Give me something I can take away!", the closest he’s come to emotional transparency on record. It's the same earnestness you see when he's belting out his songs live.

...and ClashMusic...

Album finale ‘Lapsed Catholics’ contains the few brief moments of respite on here. Over a gently plucked, near-flamenco guitar, the group intones a series of reminiscences from their favourite films. Voices intermingle, and the simple lyrics begin to creep over one another, distorting the meaning before an electric guitar rears its head and screams. “I can’t stand still for the rest of my life,” sings Falkous, and you feel that this is one of the album’s most direct moments. “Be aware, be alert!” he shouts, desperate for a life without compromise. Seemingly answering the opening track’s call to arms, the band gently speaks the final words on the album, saying “it’s part of who they are, and who they’ll be again”. The lust for purity, for something unique and distinct, runs through the record like electricity running through a guitar.


"The Hope That House Built" (first single from Travels, and seemingly only functional if you watch it in HD; do it)

YouTube - Future of the Left 'The Hope That House Built' (Official Video - 4AD)

"Arming Erritrea" (inexplicably, this is not the best song on the record--that's how good an LP it is! PLAY IT BRUTALLY LOUD):

YouTube - Arming Eritrea - Future of the Left

And a few from the first record, Curses...

"Adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood" (early single):

YouTube - Future Of The Left - 'adeadenemyalwayssmellsgood'

"Manchasm" (stunning single, with the brilliant refrain of "Collin is a pussy/A very pretty pussy/Collin is a pussy/A very pretty pussy...cat"):

YouTube - Future Of The Left 'Manchasm'

"Suddenly It's a Folk Song" (the tune which originally pulled me in and made me start making my peace with Mclusky's demise):

YouTube - future of the left - Suddenly It's A Folk Song - Manchasam

And, of course, the greatest video of all time, just because:

Sweary Kittens - rathergood.com

Mclusky is dead. Long live Mclusky.
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Old 06-29-2009, 12:17 AM   #2
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I am not letting this thread die. Only 12 views? Jesus Fuck. How is this a music forum? Disgusting. Listen, damn you!!!
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:47 PM   #3
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Hey, guys/gals--I'm right about this record! It's fucking brilliant, acerbic, and powerful. Just thought that y'all should know.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:52 PM   #4
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It seems that you can listen to "Lapsed Catholics," right here, by clicking on the little play icon next to the song title. Just ask yourself, "Whose prison break is the most impressive?"

I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go, I'm gonna go...

Music: Travels With Myself and Another by Future Of The Left - Rhapsody Online
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thanks for the heads up. i'll check it out. you sick fuck!
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I listened to the YouTube clip of "Arming Eritrea." That's a pretty intensely powerful album opener. And I listened to "Lapsed Catholics." And I enjoyed that song better when it was in the spoken-word mode. That riff that shows up a few minutes in was ugly to my ears. I suppose it's an acquired taste.

Overall, judging based on those two tracks, I'd say they are a cool band. And probably a lot of fun in concert. But I don't think it's anything that will become a favorite of mine or anything.
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Old 06-29-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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Falco's descriptions of the devil/Rupert Murdoch in the olden days ("I preferred him when he was red and bleak, that guy. I liked him better when he swooped around the land, indiscriminately.") own "Lapsed Catholics."

Check out the other videos and such, GAF. Quality stuff. Not everything is as intense (and, yes, I do think that ugly works as a descriptor...and I love the song) as the last 2/3 of "Lapsed Catholics," and you'll probably find plenty to love.

"Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues," too. That last Mclusky video to which I linked is literally the decade's best, if not the best of all time.
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I nearly picked this up at the record store tonight just for Shouter, but figured I should probably listen to something from it first to be safe.
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See above. Or listen, rather.
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It's an excellent album, although incredibly polarizing
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I dunno, man...no kidding, the average review I'm reading seems to be in the 8-9/10 vicinity. It's been pretty positive, unless I'm just checking all the wrong places.
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Re-bump. You people will all listen to and love this, before I'm done with you. I recently threatened to quit my job, to make a late-July FotL show in Chicago.
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come on rick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yes. Jesus Fuck, this record slays all competition. Brutally, I might add. I played this for my girlfriend's 60-year-old, music-loving father, on the 4th of July (we hung out all night, the two of us, spinning records into the wee hours, and it was AMAZING), and he absolutely loved it. Said it was the perfect blend of freewheeling insanity and pure, anthemic bliss, he did.
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Everything that you have said in this thread is true.

"Throwing Bricks At Trains" makes me want to go outside and throw bricks at any and everything. This record makes me happy the way few do these days. It's got PASSION. And ORIGINALITY. And it KICKS ASS without feeling the slightest bit cliche. The lyrics are witty and entertaining, the music packs a fucking whollop. As long as you can take a little bit of ugly in your music (although it is a very hooky album on the whole), this thing is an absolute masterwork.

Really, though. It's fucking good and if you don't listen to it and love it I will hate you and kick you in the nuts.

That is all.
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