Frog Eyes – Tears of the Valedictorian
Absolutely Kosher, 2007
Acquired: Love Garden (Blowout Location), New, 2009
I've been trying to be a good boy and avoid the old Love Garden, which has been transformed into a blowout store, an everything must go situation. That means everything in the store is half off, which is very dangerous. BUT VERY FUCKING FUN, as I found out today. There are a ton of brand new records in there and digging for treasure in those stacks was a total fucking blast. Needless to say, I found this little gem from a couple of years ago and jiggled with glee (don't know what that means, the phrase just popped into my head and I ran with it). It's a good, weird, wonderful record, but I bought it mostly because of the fantastic cover art and the epic jam “Bushels.” There's something epic about this whole record, actually. It feels like a cohesive whole, as all Frog Eyes records have been doing for the last few years. More and more Carey Mercer becomes more accessible without sacrificing any of his weirdness.