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I wanted to say something about Rhode Island

August 10, 2010

Welp, I haven’t updated in a while and wanted to put something up, so here it goes…

Just got back from Rhode Island on Saturday…always a great trip. We stayed in this little house that wasn’t really near anything, except this little dock that went into a bay where you could go clamming

The dock at sunset...

The dock at sunset...

Needless to say, I spent a good amount of time at this picturesque dock taking pictures, talking on the phone and just relaxing…

While that’s what I thought to do, my parents and brother had a different idea…

The clams they were able to pick up

And this is only from one day...

So, needless to say, we ate lunch like kings that day…well, kings that eat clams…

Steamed in a whole hell of a lot of white wine and butter

Steamed in a whole hell of a lot of white wine and butter

Baked with breadcrumbs, garlic, grated parmesan and lemon juice

Baked with breadcrumbs, garlic, grated parmesan and lemon juice

Oh, and let me tell you…they were good…

Now, to discuss the actual purpose of this blog (supposedly it’s music, not clams), I was able to do a little bit of music shopping while I was on vacation…

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (2010, Merge)

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (2010, Merge)

Yes…the story alone of how I acquired this album is entertaining enough, let alone the actual quality of the album (spoiler alert, it’s incredible). So, on tuesday, I walked into a record store in Newport called the Music Box. After browsing around for a while, I went to the counter in the back of the store and asked the gentleman if they had the new Arcade Fire album that came out today. He asked his partner to open up the shipping box that JUST CAME IN to check for me…there must have been 50-100 copies of this CD in that one box, not to mention the other dozen boxes that were there (note: I am fully aware that all of those boxes did not like contain Arcade Fire CDs).

Now, onto the actual album itself…WOW. Of course, a certain level of “wow” is expected from the Arcade Fire, Montreal’s latest valuable contribution to the indie-rock scene. But this album goes above and beyond anything I could have imagined. Lyrically, Win Butler is nothing special. Yes, he’s brilliant and yes, his lyrics capture the listener in ways they never knew possible, entrancing them in the music that they are listening to. But this album is about more than Win Butler’s outstanding poetry. The aesthetic presence of this album is just astounding. It is sad and thoughtful without being morose, hopeful without being optimistic and amazing without being, well, shit. Although it’s just a little more than halfway through the year, I’m ready to say that The Suburbs is easily in contention for Album of the Year…but only time will tell.

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