Josh Jones' (Evangelicals) albums of the decade
In no particular order...
"Public disorder, I'll give you public disorder.I down eight pints and run all over the place!!!"
Hahaha... I remember thinking and getting excited that this could be the begining of a huge hip-hop British invasion or something but that never really happened I guess.
In 2002 I was in a Strokes cover band called The Stanks and so I learned all the songs on that record.... and so you know, I had to listen to it a lot.
My friend Clint had Napster and so I downloaded a few songs off of this and thought maybe they were digitally broken or something. Back then people would purposely mis-label stuff so you would download someone's homeade demo or whatever and I thought "Treefingers" was maybe one of those and I really thought the stuff sucked. But then that winter I had the record in my CD player/alarm clock and so "Everything in Its Right Place" woke me up every day for a few months and really made my mornings weird and I thought, this record is really good.
Ya know those TV shows or movies where someone's been hypnotized or programmed or something to carry out an evil task whenever someone says a keyword or they see something on TV or whatever and they kind of go in to this trance and set about their task as if possessed? I imagine Joanna Newsom like this during the making of Ys except instead of being manipulated by a super villain she's been set to task by the cosmos themselves and for the good of mankind.
Any time you have a record with guest spots from the likes of Boy George, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, and Devendra Banhart you know it's probably gonna be pretty good... not that Antony needs em but it's a good sign. I listen to this record in Norman and pretend I'm hangin out with Antony in New York in the early 90's and it feels pretty cool.
I used to have really crippling stage fright and so to get over my fear I used to do the weirdo open mic circuit in Austin while I was living there around 2004. I used to cover "Poor Edward" very poorly but I always like the idea of a face on the back of someone's head.
I was working at this Sno Cone stand in rural Oklahoma when this record came out and all my friends who listened to Incubus and Korn and stuff also all really liked Outkast so it was common musical ground we had while we would party at whatever abandoned house or field we were in and we could just hang out and be friends and not argue about music.
Well, I saw that video of Scott punching the big hunk of meat and recording it and thought, this looks like something I could really get into! I like it cause it never sounds like Scott has forgotten the listener but maybe that's just cause there's a lot more vocals on it than most weird records like this. People are always saying "such and such records are nightmare music" and are really scary or whatever but this one really does sound like a bad dream and I really appreciate that.