I always think that The Dismemberment Plan is a loud punk band (understandably with that name). But this Tiny Desk Concert sees the band with acoustic guitar, keyboards and brushes on the drums. What I didn’t realize was that the band had broken up and reunited and had made a new album in 2013:
When the newly re-formed band finally did make its way to our offices — on the heels of Uncanney Valley, its first album in 12 years — it unsurprisingly made for an odd fit. According to the group, these particular arrangements of songs from Uncanney Valley were sorted out just a day before this Tiny Desk Concert.
“Let’s Just Go To The Dogs Tonight” is a fun bouncy song full of mildly amusing wordplay and naughtiness. There’s a call and response section: “when I say ‘Outta’ you say ‘Luck’ and when I say ‘Cluster you’ say ‘Fuck'” (singer Travis Morrison flubbed the call-and-response portion of “Let’s Just Go to the Dogs Tonight,” he professed nervousness at making the NPR staff holler F-bombs. (No one seemed to mind)). I like the simplicity of the guitar chords, but I really like the fun bass line–not funky exactly, but just meandering around in a really tuneful way.
“Lookin'” is a slow ballad with a simple guitar melody. It’s a plaintive song that’s lightened by a bouncy bass line and some cool synth sounds near the end.
For the final song, “Daddy was a Real Good Dancer,” Morrison switches to keys and the keyboardist switches to guitar. They say that the guitar is brand new for the show–“we went to Guitar Center for you guys.” Bob says they need to break a string to break it in. This song is lighthearted and a bit goofy, about a dad who used to dance until he had him. Once again, the bass line really makes the song (and the drums are pretty great, too.
It’s a lighthearted and fun concert–surprisingly so for a band with dismember in their name.
[READ: June 6, 2016] Sex Criminals Volume 2
I really enjoyed Volume One of this series. I was shocked to see that it had been almost two years since I’d read it. And I was thrilled to see Volume 2 in the library.
The only problem with Volume 2 is that it assumes you have just finished volume 1, so there’s no playing catch up if you read it two years ago.
Especially since Book 6 opens with Suzie saying “So I’ve been digging in to pull off a fundraiser to make up the difference and keep the place open, so uh… The end?” But of course it is not the end. And when Jon tells us that things aren’t over, he pulls down his pants to show that he has nothing there–he’s like a Ken doll. What happened? In book 1 these two were going at it like rabbits.
It turns out that the Sex Police had a kind of tracking device–a Cumpass–that monitored everyone who had an orgasm and entered The Quiet (see book 1 review to figure out what the hell I’m talking about). Things get really stressed out for Jon over the next few days and he begins seeing symptoms of something–which he looks up online and decides is canceraids (it isn’t). (more…)