Friday, January 18, 2008

The Pity Party - Hidden Track

Heinsenflei Of The Pity Party Reveals Her Hidden Track

Bloggers like to think they know a thing or two about great music. It's an arrogance that compels us to start our own mini web empire to share music with the world. After a few years of writing you come to realize it's a total labor of love. We write about music old and new, hyped and hated, and we do it because we want to share something we feel is special. Which got me thinking? We tout the greatness of bands we so love, I bet those exact band's get the same squishy feeling about their favorite music. Why not give them a platform to share it!

Today I'm launching a new weekly feature on Rock Insider called Hidden Track. We're going playing a bit of role reversal. Every Friday a new band or artist will take over the blogging duties at Rock Insider and write about an artist they feel is underrated, forgotten, or unappreciated. Hensenflei, one half of the innovative duo The Pity Party
was nice enough to be my guinea pig. Read her fantastic write up on Lusk below!

Hensenflei Of The Pity Party's Hidden Track

Free MarsLUSK- Free Mars

[MP3] Lusk - Savy Kangaroos

Oh, Lusk-- How Do I love Thee! If there was no Lusk, there would be no Pity Party. I first heard of Lusk because my brother played on a few tracks of their 1997 sole release Free Mars, which won a Grammy that year for its awesome style of digipak CD packaging.

Free Mars is a marathon of total fucking greatness. Lusk has carved in its own genre. The songs are bold, dysfunctional, hooky, dark, and unsentimental (I hate writing music reviews, by the way.) If you really love capital-M music, you can't go wrong here. Should I talk about Chris Pittman's and Paul D'Amour's soaring/diving/colloquial vocals here? Do I have to? Lusk's melodies and arrangements are continually surprising and satisfying. "Savvy Kangaroos" is everything I aspire to musically. "Undergarden" I usually do on repeat when I need a solid hour of bittersweet 6/8 space drone.

The worst thing about Lusk is that you can never go see them play, because I guess they don't really exist anymore. And no one I know has ever heard of them. Which is a disaster. And Pitchfork gave them the most inexplicably bitchy and fundamentally inaccurate review I've ever read. Maybe that's why me and M are their only fans...

Lusk followed up Free Mars with a four song EP which was neve released which I happen to have the pleasure of owning. If you become friends with me maybe I will burn it for you someday. You should only
be so lucky ;)

Heisenflei, The Pity Party

[MP3] The Pity Party - Drobebots and Peons

VIDEO: Lusk - Backworlds

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Comments on "The Pity Party - Hidden Track"


Anonymous vjb2 said ... (January 18, 2008 4:10 PM) : 

I own a copy of Free Mars and love it dearly. It's one of those lost gems from the '90's. I suspect acts as diverse as M83 to Animal Collective would claim some influence from them.

Heisenflei, we should definitely become friends. :D


Blogger Mouse said ... (January 18, 2008 4:50 PM) : 

I think those bloggers are a creepy lot. They should all be neutered and chipped.


Blogger Scott said ... (January 18, 2008 6:52 PM) : 

That's my boy Brad laner on vocals. I need to go back and listen to this disc.


Anonymous Casey said ... (January 22, 2008 11:25 AM) : 

Man, I forgot about Lusk. Didn't Greg Edwards (Autolux/Failure) work on that, too?


OpenID en-particulier said ... (February 02, 2008 10:41 PM) : 

One of my favorite Greg Edwards projects, for sure. Picked it up as a pimply, young Failure fan...spin "Free Mars" just as much if not more than "Magnified" and "Fantastic Planet." Pitchfork didn't know what the fuck they were talking about then and still don't.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (May 26, 2008 9:39 PM) : 

Free Mars is #2 on my top ten desert island albums. I haven't found #1 yet.

Dear author is there anyway to get a hold of that 4 song follow-up EP? I'll be your best friend if you can make it happen. Cheers.



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