Daily Music Fix: Titus Andronicus

[“I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. I am in earnest. I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.”]

Day #7: “To Old Friends and New” – Titus Andronicus

Album: The Monitor (2010)

New Jersey? Walt Whitman? The American Civil War? All feature prominently on last year’s The Monitor, but what remains to be explained is why I should care about those subjects, living in relative obscurity from them as I do? Well Titus Andronicus convinced me that all those things are fucking relevant to my teenage Canadian life by way of their completely unhinged, uncontrollable, as close to perfect rock music as possible. The Monitor is only the second LP from Titus Andronicus (Bandomynology: One of Shakespeare’s shittier and more graphic plays) but I’m floored by how seemingly every square foot of this album sounds masterfully written, recorded and engineered. Their sound is brilliant, classic rock overtones but not exactly like anything I’ve ever heard before. You can easily pick up on the Springsteen connections, especially in A More Perfect Union, but when listening to the album as a whole you get the idea that there’s truly bit of everything in there. None of their influences are excluded from the final product; they have Craig Finn of The Hold Steady reciting Whitman’s poetry, and recently on their appearance on A.V. Club Undercover they sampled Charles Bukowski while covering They Might Be Giants. They are a band after my own heart, when listening to them I feel like a witness to the turning of the Rock n Roll ages, and I can not recommend them highly enough.

What We’re Listening To: The Beach Boys

[Hey, what do ya know? It’s back! What we’re listening to, round two! This week, we get a little “diggy” with it. My apologies in advance.]

Brian Wilson is the handsome one in the middle... oh wait that's a goat

Brian Wilson is the handsome one in the middle... oh wait that's a goat

Band: The Beach Boys

Genre: California Rock

For Fans Of: The Beatles’ early work, Barenaked Ladies, The Flaming Lips (follow me here…)

Ever since music became a big thing in my life I’ve fought this; I’ve valiantly struggled against the Beach Boys and their “friendly” rock anthems. My dad likes them, almost to a fault, which I could understand if there was nothing to compare them to. But After the release of albums like London Calling, Doolittle and Nevermind… how could any legitimate rock fan even tolerate the sappy crap of this California quintet? Well, goddamnit, I’ve finally found enough songs to tolerate and yes, even love The Beach Boys. I figured it would be a crime to make anyone else dig through seemingly endless collections of songs about cars and surfing (always cars and surfing), so here are some that can be appreciated purely on their merit. These are four good, somewhat brilliant songs.

Well, three… and then Barbra Ann.

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