The debut full-length from Shaun Durkan (Vocals/Bass/Baritone Guitar), Kevin Johnson (Guitar) and Abe Pedroza (Drums), the post-punk trio from San Francisco is full of noise, confusion, apathy & pure bliss. Like the beautiful black & white artwork that accompanies the LP, Sports is stark, primitive and comforting at the same time. You may have heard it before and you may have even lived it, but that’s what is so wonderful about this slab of vinyl. Shards of guitar stab you in the heart like psychocandy and bass lines are simply unknown pleasures. Durkan’s vocals are haunting voices from a faraway world or even a dream that you may have had.
“Coma Summer” has the rhythmic drive of a train speeding out of control while “Monday Morning” ebbs and flows like the soft gentle waves of a pool after the last swim of the day. As singer Shaun Durkan puts it, “Our goal has always been to balance the abrasive qualities of punk and noise with something more introspective and vulnerable. Creating that simultaneous push and pull. Like the beauty of an oil fire.”
If one can create a piece of art that completely encapsulates the awkwardness and disillusionment of adolescence than Weekend has done it. Sports feels like you’re all alone in your bedroom and the world outside doesn’t matter or even exist and you’re okay with that, in fact it’s perfect.
11.17: Chicago, IL – Subterranean $
11.18: Grand Rapids, MI – Founders Brewery $
11.19: Detroit, MI – The Contemporary Art $
11.20: Pittsburgh, PA – Most Wanted Fine Art $
11.21: Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands $
11.22: Allston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub $
11:23: Milford, CT – Daniel Street $
11.26: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s $
11.27: New York, NY – Cake Shop $
$ = w/ Young Prisms
In my first installment of Songs About Food I am rocketing out of the gate with the songs of Shonen Knife. I searched for a band that might have more songs about food, but didn’t find another as prolific as Shonen Knife. They were a 3 piece, all female band from Japan, that started in the 80′s and continue today to make music. What wasn’t to love about these very cute Asian girls that ripped up the scene, with their 60′s inspired rock and roll, singing about all sorts of delicious topics, especially in the 90′s.
Below is a list of their food related songs. Please feel free to add any I might have forgotten. Oh, and check them out if you have never heard them before or if you haven’t listened in a while. They are sure to bring a smile to your face.
Here are a few of Shonen Knife’s yummy song titles:
Ice Cream City
I Wanna Eat Chocobars
Flying Jelly Attack
Fruit Loop Paradise
Fruits & Vegetables
Strawberry Cream Puff
Mango Juice (for George Harrison)
I Want To Eat Cake!