Chip: "My understanding of the indie-folk genre is that the beards are actually directly responsible for the sound, something about how the vocals emerge from the beer-matted beard hair of the members to produce fantastic harmonies?"
Richard: "That's right, Chip. And, while I don't completely understand the scientific basis of the phenomenon, the indie-folk movement is easly the best thing to happen to music for square hipsters such as myself since the alt-country era."
And how was the show itself? Mostly nice, with the band's harmonies filling the half-empty room with a warmth that could warm the coldest hipster heart. Like many of the indie-folkers, the Blitzen Trapper aesthetic is perhaps, above all else, about channelling The Band (Chip: "Which band?" Richard: "THE Band."), about simultaneously sounding loose and ramshackle yet perfectly controlled. At certain moments of the set (the one-two punch of "Furr" followed by "Big Black Bird"), the goal was mostly achieved (in the louder, proggier moments, much less so).
Verdict: three out of four New Belgium beer specials.
If you follow Kanye West on Twitter (and who doesn't?), you were treated to a veritable tweet-storm yesterday as Kanye reacted to the banning of his new album cover. A few of our favorite tweets:
"So Nirvana can have a naked human being on they cover but I can't have a PAINTING of a monster with no arms and a polka dot tail and wings"
"In the 70s album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now."
"Banned in the USA!!! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!"
And here's the cover:
Chip: "I'm not sure what the fuss is about. It barely even gives me a boner. Also, angels don't have tails."
Forget the Oscar-bait fare normally associated with the fall moviegoing season. What audiences really want, we learned this weekend, is to have piss and shit hurled at them in 3D. Yes, Jackass 3D set records for an October opening with an astonishing $50 million opening, leaving a little movie about Facebook in the dust.
Chip: "I saw it three times this weekend, once for each dimension."
Richard: "I saw a wonderful Australian crime film called Animal Kingdom at Liberty Hall."