It wasn't all bad though. In that same year, the Flaming Lips delivered The Soft Bulletin, The Roots dropped Things Fall Apart, and Wilco arrived with Summerteeth. The Jesus Lizard and Pavement both broke up, and that was awful but the whole year still wasn't a total bust. A young, up-and-coming rapper from New Orleans released his very first album. He went by the name Lil' Wayne, and remarkably he is still around today.
Everything that has already been mentioned fits nicely into the pantheons of music history which now leads us to the album that I just bought on Amazon for less than pack of cigarettes. And, I have to plead general ignorance on this as well because truthfully I had no idea that this band was releasing albums this long ago. Les Savy Fav released The Cat and The Cobra during the turbulent time that was 1999, but its a record that doesn't slide properly into place. Rather, this disc is a bit of a beast.
With this album there's the music on one hand, but there's a whole other story going on at the same time. The songs on the album are post-punk revival or post-hardcore or art punk or whatever the hell else you want to call it, but the whole thing is bigger than that. At one point on "Wake Up", Tim Harrington delivers the line "The air in there is static and unstable/There's a rapping at the door." Is this a song about the weather with a possible Poe reference tacked on the end of it? No. It's more like a relay for the impending revolution. Its LSF saying, "Hey. We know there's a lot of shit at the moment, but don't worry because eventually this shit won't be so bad." Its similar to that line of thinking in which some believe that the only way society will correct itself is after they see the absolute worst that is possible. LSF is talking to the real people. They're not singing limp-wristed songs about how they want it that way or how if you rub them the right way you'll get what you want. They're recognizing that we as people actually live in a state of unsatisfied desire as opposed to the guise of satisfaction that the masses live under. "We're all gluttons" as they say, and no matter how unsettling that is to the majority its closer to the truth then whatever bullshit was permeating to the surface at this time. On "Reformat", there's a sailor about to be executed and as the ax closes in on him all he says is "set me free". It doesn't matter if he doesn't make it in this particular life time because he is going to be free somewhere else. Its all about sacrifices, and being willing to just let go. If you can't let go then you're just going to be this tightly wound ball of nerves and concerns and you'll end up drinking yourself to an early death because of your inability to revel in the moment. Without reveling there is no revelation.