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In Case You Missed It.
July 17, 2008, 2:42 pm
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I’m gonna break up the “This Past Weekend” series real quick to babble about an album that was released this year. Since the day I got it into stock, this album has kept a close watch over my stereo. It couldn’t really have gotten closer at hand at any moment. Sadly, I have not found it on vinyl yet, so the CD will have to do. I ordered about three in, two for stock and one for my stereo.

Titus Andronicus – The Airing of Grievances (Troubleman Unlimited)

Titus Andronicus came into the shop by way of one of my usual garage distributors, just snuck right in here. In my flirtings (really infatuations/obsessions) with punk and garage 7″s, I’d stumbled across the label Shake Appeal Records. Tossing on this random 7″ one day, I was greeted with a noisy, playful sound. It was something close to the Black Lips’ first couple albums – ramshackle, reckless and perfectly sloppy. In a sense it was the sound of people having fun writing and recording and accidentally creating an amazing song. For some reason we don’t get enough of that these days or the purity and rawness involved. Thus began my love affair with the Titus Andronicus recordings. I played the 7″ for some buddies and welcomed them into my addiction, causing me to feel a little more secure in my infatuation.

When the new full length finally eked out, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it. The full length is a lot like the 7″, which is always a welcomed occurrence as it doesn’t happen too often. Sometimes the production varies and sometimes the songs are less adventurous. But this hit it. There’s noise, there’s darkness, there’s literary-quality lyrics, there’s drive, swing, depth and movements that just wander. It’s a phenomenal rock album. So far there are some comparisons to Bright Eyes, and while I understand where the references come from, as the singer sings with a similar waver in his voice, it does not go much farther than that. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, just dispelling it. I personally still love Bright Eyes. The drums are large, the guitars ring through even the quiet parts and eeriness pervades through each murky, grand track.

Fully worth checking out if you’re in the mood for something fun and sloppy, yet secretly brilliant and meticulous. It bridges the realms of indie rock and garage with even a bit of psych in it, if you need a gateway album. Go see ’em live too. It’s gonna be one of the better shows you’ll see this year. They’ll actually be at BCHQ in August.

While playing this today, a customer commented “You shouldn’t play this in here.” As I could feel my temperature rising and my face reddening, I was able to squeeze out a simple, non-confrontational – “Why do you say that?” “Because it could really get into your head.” Phew, diffused. I bit my lip. I laughed it off and tried to joke it out. I think he meant it was an annoyance to his shopping experience, but I took it as a compliment to the band and recording and simply agreed with him. At the end of the day, I want this stuck in my head, that’s the point. It’s not meant to be heard and forgotten.