Monday, January 28, 2008

Random Album Meme

From Jeff's Gameblog:

The first article title on the page is the name of your band.
The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.
The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
04. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post the result as a comment in this post. Also, pass it along in your own journal because it's more amusing that way.

Here is mine:

Cultural Relativism is a socially-conscious neo-prog rock band, and has been described by critics as "what you'd get if Rush wrote the music and Devo wrote the lyrics."

Other Things Than Money (2002) is in fact their third album, and is a response to the generally held belief that once a band reaches a certain level of popularity, they start caring about their money more than their music. In typical fashion, the band subverts this notion by making an entire album about other people's money. All proceeds from Other Things Than Money will be donated to the Jubilee USA network, a non-governmental organization dedicated to eradicating or absolving odious debt owed to first-world nations by developing countries.

The album's lead song "Man with the Mammon Touch" is a scathing indictment against Donald Trump. Other tracks are screeds against such plutocratic icons as Alan Greenspan, the World Bank/ International Monetary Fund, and the "economic warfare" policies of the G8 nations. Enron's "terrible troika" of Kenneth Lay, Andrew Fastow, and Jeffrey Skilling are the targets of the album's closing song, "End-Run/Enron/End Up In Jail".

Their previous albums, 1998's More Claret Than Clarity and 2000's How to Lie Well denounced the hypocrisy inherent in the war on drugs and the impending Presidential election, respectively. Their 4th album, scheduled for late 2004, is tentatively titled I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help, and is believed to be a critique of U.S. foreign and domestic policy.


  1. Wow, that's very cool. Talk about taking a meme to the next level! Very creative and interesting.

  2. I agree with rob. That's some awesome stuff right there!

  3. Fifth Official
    In a humiliating way

    ...sounds very authentic actually.

  4. Sundoreonectes

    Would Hardly See Anybody

    A new Indie pop phenom if I ever did see one.

  5. Singular they

    Will Do Everything Wrong

    The lower-case on "they" is deliberate, as this is a two-man jazz group, just guitar and synth/keyboards -- occasional vocals and any other instruments are used sparingly, supplied by various of our friends in the scene around town. It's really all about the sound, man...the idea is to use synth to create softer, organic buddy was screwing around with this for years at art school, and I'm the only one who ever really liked it, saw him at a house party one night and said "you know, what you're playing there -- that's jazz." He said: "I know!"

    Anyway I think it's good. We've been invited to the Jazz Festival in Montreal next year, hope to see you there! Christ I'm glad to get away from playing rock, I did that for ten years, and it got really boring...

  6. Another one:

    Nothing Ever Happens On The Moon

    "Make Friends With Him"

    A genre-crossing pastiche-oriented collective band of nine members, all songs written by the lead guitarist and the vocalist, but credited to all members as a matter of philosophy -- the clever lyrics are always a subversive homage to the musical style they experiment with on each album. This one's the gentle bluegrass/poor country folk album, little in the way of drums, mostly recorded using found objects in an old log cabin in Appalachia, except for the final track "Bluebottle Blonde" which was recorded live (with two drummers and two electric guitars! three if you count the twelve-string) at the Grand Old Opry in Nashville -- that one's really a supercharged Western Swing song, but they stuck it in anyway. Previous records include the punk concept album "Barbed Wire Ball" (movie still stuck in development hell), twisted Sonny & Terry tribute "Backwards River" (from which their highest-charting single "Miami Limo" was drawn, with its famously unintelligible middle eight), and their wittiest yet least-acclaimed effort "Sports Bar Of The Damned", which featured all six instrumentalists on rhythm guitar, each one taking turns almost breaking into a lead guitar lick, but not quite. Reportedly working on double album named "Milixia" for the past four years, recent buzz among collegiate stoners has it that their final product will be three vinyl discs, with the second side of the third disc left blank. No longer with a major record label. Vocalist briefly dated Alexis Witt.


    I felt my last effort was a bit understuffed, given your example. Hope this makes up for it. Fun game!

  7. Belgian Shepherd Dog
    Generally the Same People

    Belgian band that does Euro-trash quasi-covers of classic rock albums. This particular outing takes on Jethro Tull's "Aqualung," with such fare as a boot-scootin' linedance version of "Crosseyed Mary" and "Locomotive Breath" sung in nursery rhyme fashion by guest vocalist Peter Schilling.


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