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Wednesday, December 15, 2004
  it's a world of people giving us the blame



The Embarrassment “Celebrity Art Party”
The Embarrassment “Woods of Love”

Dazed and Confused and the video for ”1979” always bring on a wave of wistful nostalgia for my younger days, even though my younger days did not in any facet resemble anything that happened in either of those. Similarly, the music of the Embarrassment makes me nostalgic for a time I never knew and for experiences I’ve never had. Yes, the Embarrassment – who broke up before I started kindergarten – could be the poster-children for that time when punk rock slowed down and mellowed out and gradually turned into what came to be called college (and then indie) rock. They’re like the REM of Kansas, if REM never hit it big, and never became old and pathetic. But so, in a perfect world there’d always be room on college radio for bands that sound like this. Bar/None released a two-disc compilation called Heyday in 1995; it’s out of print, but you can buy a used copy for forty bucks at Amazon, if you want. (That’s pretty fucking nuts, to be honest. I need to burn my copy and throw it up on Ebay, I think.)

I have to cut this entry short, as I’m leaving for home in a few minutes. I hope you’ve been liking this shit, though, and that you’ll still be here in a couple weeks when I return home. I doubt there’ll be any updates (from me, at least) in the meantime.
 
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