Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Dismemberment Plan - The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified (1997)

Last month I posted Imperial Teen's first album, saying that it was "the first indie rock record that I ever fell in love with." The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified is possibly the second. Up until this point, my favorite bands had been, in chronological order, Aerosmith, Guns 'n Roses, NIN, and Marilyn Manson. So when I heard DP's chaotic zaniness shrieking out of my sister's car stereo, it blew my fifteen year old mind. [Note: I just fixed a typo, wherein I had omitted the word "mind" in the previous sentence, resulting in: "...it blew my fifteen year old." How embarrassing.] Their mix of tricky time signatures, dissonant guitars, and zany vocals and lyrics made for the most defiantly un-mainstream sound I'd ever encountered, and it pointed my musical tastes in a direction that I've more or less maintained ever since. Listening to it now, many - myself included - might say that it hasn't aged that well, but who cares, I'm feeling nostalgic.

Track listing:
1. Tonight We Mean It
2. That's When the Party Started
3. The Ice of Boston
4. Academy Award
5. Bra
6. Do the Standing Still
7. This Is the Life
8. One Too Many Blows to the Head
9. It's So You
10. Manipulate Me
11. Respect Is Due

http://www82.zippyshare.com/v/HcF2ax4Z/file.htmlPop open a third bottle of bubbly. Yeah, and I take that bottle of champagne, go into the kitchen, stand in front of the kitchen window, and I take all my clothes off, take that bottle of champagne and I pour it on my head, feel it cascade through my hair and across my chest and the phone rings. And it's my mother. And she says, "HI HONEY HOW'S BOSTON?" And I stand there, all alone on New Year's Eve, buck naked, drenched in champagne, looking at a bunch of strangers... uh, looking at them looking at me looking at them, and I say, "OH FINE MOM, HOW'S WASHINGTON?"


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  3. They were my favorite band. When they announced their breakup, they also breakup-toured. In New York, they played two shows. My wife Velma and I bought both of the nights. We were rewarded: despite that I don't think they mentioned they were going to do this, the shows were almost completely different, only one song the same ("OK Joke's Over", always the end of the normal set). Two nights, 25 songs a night, 49 different songs. It was... awesome.