home
feed
past

previous page
next page
rend it
surf and / or die -- yrjoeyramone [at] gmail [dot] com
the strap is where it’s at By “poniesforchrist” - February 20, 2001 arab strap’s ‘elephant shoe’ album is now and has been criminally underrated, both by the press and impatient listeners (including some strap fans!) following the release of their finest collection of songs in the form of the ‘cherubs’ EP, arab strap came at us with something extremely subtle, haunting, clever, diverse, and ultimately head and shoulders above most “rock” music made today… ‘philophobia’ was also compelling in its bleakness and so-subtle-it’s-damn-near-silent aesthetic, and this album’s songs are equally varied and successful at cultivating the strap’s ideas…these wounded, gruff, selfish, tender, candidly honest, humorous scottish boys have managed another LP filled with tracks that display all those qualities and more… arab strap are often criticized for being in an artistic rut, playing out the same tired, slo-fi depressing tunes ad nauseum…these critics have missed the boat entirely…the strap is actually feverishly (and endlessly) creative within the boundaries (yes, all good art should have boundries!) of their style… don’t believe me? think i’m a tried and true fan in denial? take a listen to “trippy”, “pro(your)-life”, “drinking eye”, “motown answers” and “hey! fever” consecutively, and then try and pose an argument that arab strap are boring, or that they are in a creative rut…it’s nonsense… ‘elephant shoe’ is subtle enough to bear out repeated listenings…from the clubbed-up yet scarily intimate “cherubs”, to the melancholy duet “pyjamas” (christ, we feel as if we’re lying in the bed between aidan and adele!) through to the final four tracks, which scream variety and different emotions in spite of what you may hear from naysayers: “aries the ram” is a blunt, frightening, bleak, and also touching duet (again with adele bethel) “the drinking eye” glides along on dubbed-out murmurs and near-silent blips and echoes, while aidan gives up yet more of himself for the music “pro(your)-life” is the sweetest thing the strap have done, a perfectly elegant, tender, and gorgeous no-frills song matching aidan’s quiet reassurances to his girl with malcom’s ringing guitar finally, “hello daylight” goes in yet another direction, ending the album abruptly on an odd note of loss and hope, with the usual keen eye for detail in aidan’s lyrics… again, this is more expert music from one of the most uncompromising acts in music today…it’s some of the most “human” music being made currently…if you, like me, are a fan of any style of music as long as it is honest, original and well-executed, then by all means go get yerself some strap. 9 of 9 people found this review helpful Helpful Not Helpful

(Source: shitrage)

POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 23:39
Comments (View)
Look


Look I love Elephant Shoe and Mad for Sadness as much as the next guy and Philophobia is obviously the standard but, to me, Arab Strap really starts to get interesting with their kind of terrible 00s albums. The Red Thread is what people who talk about how good Kid A is think they’re listening to and Monday at the Hug & Pint is what Steely Dan would have turned into if they’d put out variations on Aja for 30 years. And the fact that they had the balls to make the, kind of shitty, logical conclusion to it all with The Last Romance is why I respect them in the first place.

POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 21:32
Comments (View)
Occurred to me ealerer that mogwump, Arab Starp and Slint are the same band.
Occurred to me earlier that my triptych of Scotties used to go 1. Arab Stap 2. Mogwai 3. Belle & Sebastian but now goes 1. Arab Strap 2. Belle & Sebastian, I guess, mom, 3. … uhhhhh ….
Anyway, no, because Slint sucks.
POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 20:48
Comments (View)
Official cloud formation of that playlist I just posted.

Official cloud formation of that playlist I just posted.

POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 19:07
Comments (View)
Look


Your number one playlist for humid Summer jams.

(Source: Spotify)

POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 19:04
Comments (View)


POSTED Jul 24 2014 @ 16:09
Comments (View)
Look


Featuring Aidan Moffat.

(Source: Spotify)

POSTED Jul 23 2014 @ 23:16
Comments (View)
Happy Bat-Man day. 

Happy Bat-Man day. 

POSTED Jul 23 2014 @ 15:22
Comments (View)
shitrage:

summeromegadeth:

We fucking love The Cure.

SITTING IN THE LOGEWITH A HOT DOG IN MY HANDSTARING AT THE CUBBIESSTARING AT THE FANS
STARING DOWN THE BEER GUYAS HE PASSES BY ME NOWHE SEES MY EMPTY CUPBUT I HEAR NO SOUND I’M ALIVE
ANDDEAD

shitrage:

summeromegadeth:

We fucking love The Cure.

SITTING IN THE LOGE
WITH A HOT DOG IN MY HAND
STARING AT THE CUBBIES
STARING AT THE FANS

STARING DOWN THE BEER GUY
AS HE PASSES BY ME NOW
HE SEES MY EMPTY CUP
BUT I HEAR NO SOUND I’M ALIVE

AND
DEAD

POSTED Jul 23 2014 @ 7:33
Comments (View)
David Ortiz from the Boston Red Sox hit 2 home runs yesterday to push his career total to 453 home runs. More importantly those 2 hits brought his career HIT total to 2112. Awesome. Shout out to Rush fan Mike Olson for the tip.

David Ortiz from the Boston Red Sox hit 2 home runs yesterday to push his career total to 453 home runs. More importantly those 2 hits brought his career HIT total to 2112. Awesome. Shout out to Rush fan Mike Olson for the tip.

POSTED Jul 22 2014 @ 22:11
Comments (View)
Powered by Tumblr. Themed by A.W.