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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Villainaires, Ice Grillionaires

posted by on August 28 at 10:29 AM

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In a weird way, I’m kind of Sam Mickens’ boss. (In another way, as a freelancer, he is a lone wolf, a loose canon, a vigilante, and I’m merely Commissioner Gordon to his Batman.) In any case, he had little choice but to consent for an interview for this week’s music feature about the Dead Science’s forthcoming album Villainaire, which is being celebrated with a “Week of Culture” starting on Monday and culminating with an album release show at Neumo’s on Sunday September 7th.

As I make plain in the piece, Villainaire marks the first time the Dead Science has caught my ear more than merely in passing. It’s lyrically dense (in the good way), musically deft, and conceptually ambitious—one of the most interesting albums to bubble up out of Seattle this year. I think a lot of people are going to hate it. There’s a lot going on—you should just read the whole article—but here are a few highlights:

“I think a lot of my points of reference as a kid are kind of the same as [Wu-Tang Clan’s].”
“I am sort of a classist dude. That’s the one prejudice or unhealthy hatred that I’ve held throughout my life—I have real reflexive problems sometimes with rich people, and in some ways I think that’s good. Those ideas are somewhat present on the record. But there’s not a lot of content that’s like, ‘Being rich is evil,’ even though I feel like that often may be the case.”
“There are a million metaphorical things you can drape on [black and white] beyond good and evil, black and white in the Star Wars sense. There’s the tension between ecstatic abandon—nightlife, being real fucking drunk and dancing at the party—and its aftermath. That’s just real basic soul music stuff. Saturday night versus Sunday morning.”

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