9/22/2010

The adventures of tiny vampire robots and lunatic birds.

First three adjectives that come to mind when listening to this album:
Endearing
Honest
Worthwhile

Three favorite songs on album:
Birds
Claws
Tiny Vampire Robot


I've said it before. I'm not a lyric person. I gravitate towards the sound of music (I once knew this girl named after Julie Andrews. Random, huh?). It takes a lot for me to notice lyrics. However, Buzzard's odd, intriguing and often relatable lyrics by Margot and the Nuclear So and So's caught my attention. With lyrics like "Tiny vampire robot / Wanna get sucked dry / And I don't know how to tell you / How long you've been on my mind," one must appreciate the sincerity behind this angst ridden love song to a small vampire robot. Another one of my favorites ends up being "Lunatic, Lunatic, Lunatic," which is a tale about the failures of a character named Allison and her "crack pot mind."

Not only does Buzzard have fail-safe lyrics, it also contains flawless, polished rock. "Earth to Aliens: What Do You Want?" is a perfect example of this. It's a mellow track, yet at 1:50 they turn it up a notch with a continuous stream of electric guitar bliss. This track, along with other segments of the album, have a distinct classic rock/Americana feel, similar to Tom Petty but more tender.

Want to check out Margot and the Nuclear So and So's live? Here's your chance.

SEP. 21          ANN ARBOR, MI   /   BLIND PIG
SEP. 22          COLUMBUS, OH   /   CIRCUS
SEP. 23          NEWPORT, KY   /   SOUTHGATE HOUSE
SEP. 24          AKRON, OH   /   MUSICA
SEP. 25          PITTSBURGH, PA   /   THE BRILLOBOX
SEP. 26          NEW YORK, NY   /   BOWERY BALLROOM
SEP. 27          CAMBRIDGE, MA   /   THE MIDDLE EAST (Downstairs)
SEP. 29          BROOKLYN, NY   /   MUSIC HALL OF WILLIAMSBURG
SEP. 30          PHILADELPHIA, PA   /   FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH
OCT. 1           WASHINGTON, DC
  /   BLACK CAT
OCT. 2           ASHEVILLE, NC
  /   STELLA BLUE
OCT. 3           CHAPEL HILL, NC
  /   LOCAL 506
OCT. 5           TALLAHASSEE, FL
  /   CLUB DOWNUNDER
OCT. 6           GAINESVILLE, FL
  /   COMMON GROUND
OCT. 7           ORLANDO, FL
  /   THE BACKBOOTH
OCT. 8           TAMPA, FL
  /   CROWBAR
OCT. 9           ATLANTA, GA
  /   DRUNKEN UNICORN
OCT. 10         BIRMINGHAM, AL
  /   BOTTLETREE
OCT. 11         NASHVILLE, TN
  /   EXIT/IN
OCT. 13         ST. LOUIS, MO
  /   THE FIREBIRD
OCT. 14         BLOOMINGTON, IN
  /   THE BISHOP
OCT. 15         INDIANAPOLIS, IN
  /   BROAD RIPPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
OCT. 28         MARQUETTE, MI
  /   NORTHERN MICHIGAN U.
NOV. 5           NORMAN, OK
  /   OPOLIS PRODUCTIONS
NOV. 6           DALLAS, TX
  /   THE LOFT
NOV. 7           AUSTIN, TX
  /   FUN FUN FUN FEST
NOV. 9           ALBUQUERQUE, NM
  /   LAUNCHPAD
NOV. 10         PHOENIX, AZ
  /   RHYTHM ROOM
NOV. 11         TUCSON, AZ
  /   CLUB CONGRESS
NOV. 12         SAN DIEGO, CA
  /   THE CASBAH
NOV. 13         COSTA MESA, CA
  /   DETROIT BAR
NOV. 14         LOS ANGELES, CA
  /   ECHOPLEX
NOV. 15         SANTA BARBARA, CA
  /   SOHO
NOV. 16         SAN FRANCISCO, CA
  /   GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL
NOV. 18         PORTLAND, OR
  /   DOUG FIR LOUNGE
NOV. 19         SEATTLE, WA
  /   THE CROCODILE
NOV. 20         BOISE, ID
  /   NEUROLUX
NOV. 21         SALT LAKE CITY, UT
  /   URBAN LOUNGE
NOV. 22         DENVER, CO
  /   BLUEBIRD THEATER
NOV. 23         OMAHA, NE
  /   THE WAITING ROOM


Album design:
The cover of this album features a striking woman and a bird (which I believe is a cockatoo) and the name of the band in a thin, understated font. The rest of the album art is literally the same. Every page contains said woman and said cockatoo. It becomes redundant and lacks explanation. 

(Disclaimer: This album was given to me for free by the nice people at Cobra Camanda Publicity)

Next Up:
Last Chance Runaround, Alter Idem (2009)