Album Review

Famous Cigarettes [coll] – [Limited Appeal]

Naysayer   3/18/2015   12-inch, A Library

This Limited Appeal Records release called “Famous Cigarettes” is a split project between Bad History Month and Dust of 1000 Years. Bad History Month: I think I am too old to figure it all out because it is probably just so simple. Bad History Month, Fat History Month, Sad History Month. OMG whatever! Sometimes a label. Sometimes a band. Sometimes a song title. Sometimes a record title. This incarnation is Bad History Month, being Dan and Sean. Guitars, drums. Slow rock. The songs are somewhat dirge like meditations on the point and/or pointlessness of life and trying to find meaning within and without that understanding. It’s like Silver Jews, E. Smith and Sebadohish. 90’s style with lots of richness. Full sounds. Track one, “Thank God For The Ground”, starts off quiet and then just ends, as if falling from a distance and then it’s all over when you hit. Well thought out.
The Dust of 1000 Years side is Bloomington, Indiana’s own. Very Neil Young influenced, sitting around the fire pit or in the living room recording. Do you hear the squeaking chair? I eat this stuff up. Lo fi folk acoustic, sometimes. That s-l-o-w-e-d down, stoned style, making observations about life. Wondering about life. Some instruments just slightly off kilter. Guitar, drums, bass, some violin.
I’m pulling up my broken down wooden chair, sitting by the fire outside, looking up at the stars and nodding off to the sounds.

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