Monday, August 31, 2009

Manly Music Monday

I think I've told y'all about The Format before... pretty sure at least. Anywho, doesn't matter now cause they broke up (heartless bastards). But hope springs anew! Nate Ruess formed Fun. last year and released their first album on the 25th. And it kicks ass. Not just some ass, every ass within a 14 county radius. And every ass that has the misfortune of wondering within aforementioned radius. It is that good. Admittedly I am biased. I had a huge man crush on The Format and was quite sad when they went downhill. But Aim and Ignite is significantly more mature and, I believe, a better album than anything The Format did. Nate's previous work, while splendid, was somewhat one dimensional. Again, I was very fond of that dimension, but this album is so much more complex and robust it is astonishing. Nate and his new cohorts, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff weave so many sounds and moods into their songs that if it wasn't for the cohesiveness of Nate lyrics and voice the album would seem scattered. Some of the songs feel very throw back, some as far back as the 60's and some only back to the 80's, but thru it all the trio keeps it sounding contemporary and.. well.. fun. In any case, I'll shut up now and let you listen. They self released this album so we probably wont be getting any videos any time soon, so you get still images with the music. Keep in mind as well that to avoid Cleo coming over and killing me while I sleep I only included a few songs. These are not my favorites. Well, they are when I picked them but there is not a single song on the album I don't love so please, PLEASE, go give Nate a leg up and buy the bad boy on iTunes and listen to the whole thing start to finish. I promise you wont be disappointed. Well, you may be. I'm not psychic. But you probably wont be disappointed. Unless you don't like good music, then you might be. But that's not my fault and I cant be held responsible for you lack of taste.


Ginger Snaps said...

First of all I have to say, Chops...Amazing writing. I read this email on my phone and was excited to get home and listen to the music because of how you described it. Well done, my dear.

Second...You are on a roll my friend, two posts in a row that were really really good. I'm glad you're back and I'll see you in a month!! Muah!!

Also, Andrew WK has a new album out next should check it yo!!

rebel15851 said...

OK Chops, you have got to help me out here. I do not use I-tunes and you-tube does not load on my work compy so how am I supposed to listen to these guys if Rhapsody, Pandora, and Jango have nothing on them?

Chops McGee said...

Well good sir, you present a conundrum. I'm not sure if your aversion to I-tunes is moral or intellectual but I'm fairly certain that your lovely wife would be very appreciative were you to put aside whatever differences you and Apple may have had in the past and download their program. I have it on good authority that she has a fairly new MP3 player that would enjoy being loaded up with some Fun. If you absolutely cant stomach the idea of using I-tunes, you can buy their music directly from their site:

or from their myspace page:

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