This intimate yet grandiose.album tells the story of a grief stricken nurse assigned to take care of a young girl who is terminally ill with cancer. Just to make sure that wasn’t sad enough they also manage to throw in a song about abortion. This album makes Ben Folds’ “Brick” look like “The Thong Song.” Sounds like a party doesn’t it? I’ve literally listened to nothing else but it all day. I’ve tried to move on but I find myself transfixed by it. Hospice hardly contains the party starter subject matter of a “Feed the Animals” but it is as good, if not better. I know that’s a bold statement, especially coming from me, but something about this CD grabs hold of you and squeezes feelings out of you…whether you want it to or not. I’m guessing this is what I was supposed to feel when everyone raved about that Grizzly Bear CD. NPR has named it the best album of the year so far and I’m pretty sure I agree with them. I need to stop. I don’t want to over hype this more than I already have. I tend to do that to people. No one will ever appreciate an Apple Pan burger now because of how many times I’ve raved about them. Consider this a steak burger.
OK, No more typing for me, just go ahead and get it and find out for yourself what I learned today: The Antlers made a heart wrenchingly beautiful album
Highlights: “Kettering”, “Sylvia”, “Bear”, “Two”
As I was driving back into town yesterday, I tuned into NPR’s “All Things Considered,” which is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures, and was highly amused and intrigued by the focus of their segment: Breakfast at Sulimay’s.
Breakfast at Sulimay’s: The backbooth at Sulimay’s (a Fishtown diner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is where three senior citizen diner regulars – (Bill Able, Ann Bailey and Joe Walker) turned-music critics blurt out what comes to their heads while listening to new music. From their videos I see that they’ve “reviewed” Ghostface Killah, Animal Collective, Yo La Tengo, Raphael Saadiq, Coldwar Kids, Common, The Ting Tings, Kings of Leon, Young Jeezy, etc.
It appears they’ve been at it for at least most of this year, with over 25 YouTube episodes under their belt. Aside from that NPR segment, they’ve been featured on Pitchfork, Philadelphia Weekly, Stereogum, etc.
Some of the stuff they blurt out reminds me of the stuff my parents used to say about some of the music my brother and I used to play around the house, “How can you even understand what they’re saying?!“
You know, with as many music aficionados that I’m surrounded by I could definitely see some of them as this trio personified in their old age.
If you have time to kill, you should definitely check this out. Click here for a little more background on the trio and the show.