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April 8, before and now. [What Day Is It?]

April 8th, 2013 by

It's April 8, so let's listen to the song played by Jeff Mangum himself.

Here are two live versions, one from 1998 followed by one from 2012.

(Thanks Susanna. Videos via YouTube users lloplop & yourapologist.)

Embracing incoherence on this Fuck You Friday.

June 11th, 2010 by

It's a Fuck You Friday.Good afternoon.

It's a Fuck You Friday.

This Friday, let us aim our fuck you at the concept of coherence in music.

Now, coherence is well and good -- yet there is a specific beauty in incoherence. Incoherence can reach places that a coherently worded song can't.

Witness the gleefully spastic music of Mclusky, or the 100% conviction of Neutral Milk Hotel, or the un-graspable muscular gorgeousness of the Pixies, or the indirect wisdom of Kool Keith: where you may not have any idea of what he's saying, but you know what he means, and it is awesome.

So at least for today, and in the most positive way possible -- fuck you, coherence.

Maybe I could understand exactly what the guy from Coldplay is saying, but the thing is: I don't want to.


Evidence:

• Mclusky - "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" alá Joel Veitch's rathergood.com:

• Neutral Milk Hotel - "Oh Comely" live, 1997/10/14 at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA:

• Pixies - "Debaser" live in 2004 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston:

• Kool Keith (with Dan "The Automator" Nakamura and DJ Qbert) as Dr. Octagon - "Blue Flowers" from the Bulk/Dreamworks LP:

This post goes out to Susanna Williams, who sat me down and made me listen to Neutral Milk Hotel on the second day that we hung out.