Purchase album picks on Bandcamp: https://thefaint.bandcamp.com/album/danse-macabre-deluxe-edition-remastered
Nurses’ 2017 follow-up is on Bandcamp on a “name your price” basis and should be owned by everyone w/ the faintest interest in experimental, electronic pop music or edgy music in general: https://nurses.bandcamp.com/album/naughtland . The music video for the “single” from the album, “Fortress”, is excellent, involving a Portland queer art collective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq2zcdjA7Ps
Structure: Ced’s thoughts on “Danse Macabre” (up to 2:36); Songs versus albums, owning versus streaming (2:36-4:10); Ced’s consideration of song themes & genre on “Danse Macabre” and an explanation of the appeal of the controversial “Agenda Suicide” & his legal background/rejection of capitalism (4:10-8:37); Does dance music age well? Ced’s nostalgia & general taste in music (8:37-10:30); The possibility of dying before 40 & how “successful” are The Faint as a band? Oberlin memories & Beach House connection. Ced the indie rock partisan was there before the bands hit the big time. Recommending music to friends & loved ones. Selling out as a hipster concern (10:30-19:14). Black and dark but not goth. Electronic dance punk as a style of music w/ consideration of imitators & “derivative” sounds. Cel’s current musical interests & uses for music, his appreciation of Spotify, and his intensity. (19:14-24:40) Side projects of The Faint & Wolf Parade, thoughts on the discography (or at least other favorite songs). Leaving it to Spotify & what makes a good or bad song, thoughts on very popular music. Artist compensation on streaming services (24:40-33:50). The deluxe version’s additional tracks. Spotify playlists as an existential threat to the album. Relative concerns of artist compensation versus existential threats to humanity, democracy, etc. (33:51-37:35). RIYL The Faint (37:35-40:56). Ratings for “Danse Macabre” (40:56-41:42). Transition between album picks & Cel’s initial thoughts on “Dracula” (41:42-45:02). The importance of a good live show and whether we’d ever go to a concert “blind” today (45:02-48:04). Basic specs for “Dracula” & hypotheses for the ongoing obscurity of Nurses. Music Ced doesn’t like and reasons to remember names of musicians/bands (48:04-52:53). “Best-of” lists on Pitchfork & elsewhere, favorites from the 2010s (52:53-58:45). Ced is a fan of Dracula. Reviews of the album. DJ Poseur heaps praise on “Dracula”, albums where songs connect to each other (1:03 ish). Nurses discography, Spotify’s algorithm & the lure of the obscure for DJ Poseur, putting the kibosh on Kanye conversation. RIYLs (1:04:01-1:09:05). Ratings for “Dracula” (1:09:05 to end).
RIYL The Faint - Supersystem, Mobius Band, The Fever, The Faux, Out Hud/!!!, The Rapture, The Show Is the Rainbow (also NE)
1.3-hr. mix of 20 songs for fans of The Faint: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQa3K0yjwO9ZlvZgxSgLsjW5
Nurses is RIYL - We Ragazzi; Dios (Malos); Shimmering Stars; Animal Collective; Fredrik
I mention that “Dracula” is #2 on my list of favorite albums of the 2010s, in full here: http://www.omnifoo.info/pages/Favorite%20Superlatives.html#2010s
The vampire rock band movie from Canada (starring Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, and many more) “Suck” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323605/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5