Dis- – The Historically Troubled Third Album
My Pal God, 1996
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2008
I heard Dis- on the radio (played by the excellent Justin Brown when he hosted Alternative Flashback on KJHK) at the height of my post-hardcore/math-rock phase a couple years ago. Somehow, I’d realized why Slint’s Spiderland was brilliant and then all of those bands that sounded like Slint were totally awesome. I found this at Love Garden one day and quickly scooped it up. At first I thought the title was just tongue and cheek (and one of the better album titles I’ve ever come across) but apparently, during recording (with Steve Albini!) the band basically fell apart. This is their last album. A poetic indie rock casualty. Too bad, because this is their best record and, as a song title geek, I can honestly say it has some of the best song titles I’ve ever seen. “Please Stop Blaming Your Personal Problems on Films,” “Suddenly Everyone’s a Smoker,” “You May Get All the Ladies but I Got My Shit Together,” and “The Day We Danced in Your Swimsuit.” To paraphrase Bob Pollard, with titles like that, the songs HAVE to be good. And they are. They’re more upbeat than Slint or June of 44. I think they’re more like Chavez, full of energy and mathy breakdowns and ultimately, it’s one of the more fun mid-90s math rock records you can listen to. I am also fairly certain that I am the only person in the world right now listening to this record.