Music Monday | September 24, 2018

I know what you're thinking... it's Monday, I'm back at work, I'm a little overwhelmed with all these backed up emails, and what the heck kind of music is Pat playing in the studio today? Well you're on your own to deal with most of your crap, but I can certainly help you with the last and most pressing question.

The Ugly Organ by Cursive (2003)
Cursive | The Ugly Organ | 2003

In 2003, Omaha's anti-darlings (did I just coin that term?) Cursive released a bleeding, aching, oh-so self-aware lamentation of an album called "The Ugly Organ" on the Saddle Creek label, and while it might be a bit dramatic to say that this album changed my life, it definitely threw a stick of candied-dynamite into my CD player (if you're younger than me, you may need to click here for context), and I absorbed the sweet explosions of dynamic dischords pretty much exclusively for who-knows-how-long, and even to this day, many of the songs off of this album have a place on my various Spotify playlists.

cursive the band

But this was the era of the CD - the album - where you didn't listen to a song, you didn't mix and match singles. No way, Man. It was all about the concept album. There is a strong theme that runs through this album that connects each song to the next like a beautifully chaotic roller coaster with twists and turns that requires the jaunty ascent upward for you to really appreciate the spiraling free fall. If you'd like to read more, here's the 2003 Pitchfork review, but I'd prefer if you just hit play - and none of this picking and choosing songs crap - you're doing yourself a disservice unless you let that baby play until it's over.

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