Folie a Deux Update

Folie à Deux cover

I had reported a month or two ago that Fall Out Boy, a personal favorite of the heap., would be releasing their new album on November 4th to coincide with the elections this year. Alas, it was not to be. Instead, the Chicagoans decided that this wasn’t the election to be cute, figuring that an election featuring fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama was to serious an issue to make a farce out of with what is expected to be a rather biting album.

The album will instead come out December 16th, right in time for the holidays. Above is the expected album cover art, obviously coinciding with the meaning of the title, Folie a Deux, French for “madness of two.” It already begins to engage the listener by creating an exclusive relationship between performer and audience, the two parties which suffer madness together.

I’ve been counting down for months now, and now as songs are starting to leak, it’s getting even harder. I am pretty much forcing myself to not listen to anything from the new album! I’ve heard a few tracks, and what can you say… they are awesome. The same biting lyrics from Fall Out Boy, but man, do they experiment with sound, incorporating sounds from the genres of past decades!

And you can’t forget those song titles. Sometimes they are unrelated to the content. Though must of the time the lyrics are quite applicable. Check of the track listing (From wikipedia, so obviously it might not be entirely correct!):

  1. “Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes”
  2. I Don’t Care” – 3:39
  3. “She’s My Winona”
  4. America’s Suitehearts” – 3:42
  5. Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet” – 3:55
  6. “The (Shipped) Gold Standard”
  7. “(Coffee’s for Closers)”
  8. What a Catch, Donnie” (featuring Elvis Costello, Gabe Saporta, Travis McCoy, Brendon Urie, Doug, Alex DeLeon, and William Beckett) – 5:01
  9. “27”
  10. “Tiffany Blews” (featuring Lil Wayne and Kanye West)
  11. “w.a.m.s.” (featuring Pharrell)
  12. “20 Dollar Nose Bleed” (featuring Brendon Urie)
  13. “West Coast Smoker” (featuring Debbie Harry)

I Don’t Care was the first single released to moderate success. I think it’s a great song, with a catch beat and chorus and a throwback sound… kinda like something you might hear in the movie The Sandlot. Headfirst Slide into Cooperstown on a Bad Bet… an allusion to good ole Charlie Hustle, better known as Pete Rose? You bet. What interests me are the collaborative tracks. FOB has worked with Kanye before on the This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race Remix, and I’m looking forward to Tiffany Blews with Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and also w.a.m.s. with Pharrell. Check out the eclectic mix of artists on What a Catch, Donnie. Elvis Costello? Really?

I know I’ll be getting it the Tuesday it comes out. And if I get around to it… a review!

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Jurassic Death?

In this Dec. 7, 2004 file photo, author Michael Crichton poses at The Peninsula

I just read that extremely popular author Michael Crichton has passed away! What a sad day for modern era writers and readers alike! His most popular work, Jurassic Park, was not only an excellent novel, but was also translated into a memorably intense screenplay for the silver screen version. He’s written many other novels, often examining the relationship between humans and technology, and how humans atempt to harness these new, powerful capabilities as a result of technological advances. He lost his battle with cancer today. We wish his family the best, and mourn a great writer of our times!

You can read more here: Michael Crichton Dies

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My President is Black

The 44th President of the United States will be Barack Obama, the first African American to be elected to the highest office in the land. The media announced his victory shortly after the west coast polls closed, at around 11 PM ET. What ensued was utter pandemonium around the country, as many took to the streets in liberal strongholds such as Times Square in NYC, as well as the area surrounding the White House gates to celebrate the epic landslide victory. And Chicago, where he was based out of? Hundreds of thousands of supporters flocked to Grant Park just to be able to hear his acceptance speech and to catch a glimpse of the First Family to be.

In Arizona, John McCain also spoke to gathered supporters, giving a very gracious concession speech. I thought the speech was awesome, and  almost felt bad that McCain had lost. Despite some differences in policy, it seemed that the country would have probably been in good hands either way. Here’s the speech in case you missed it. It was excellent, calling for unity and beginning the healing process which must occur between the two sides after such a heated cmpaign. The heap. thanks John McCain for his enthusiastic love for our country, and that he continues to serve it proudly and well.

And then, of course, there was Obama’s speech, which has already been labeled as the “Yes We Can” speech. It will certainly go down in history as one of the most fiery, gracious but yet optimistcally realistic speeches given by a President-elect. If it doesn’t get you to at least feel that Obama has the power to electrify and motivate a majority of our country, then please check your pulse.

Perhaps the majority of Americans fell for the greatest of political ploys last night, a sweet talker backed by the fortuitous shortcomings of the preceding regime. But much like last night was such a historical night, and a monumental step forward for our country, we must wait and see the legacy left behind by Obama before we can make any true judgments.

I can promise you that this is probably the most political the heap. will be, mostly because it doesn’t interest us too much. But it’s hard to ignore history happening right in front of you. In our lifetime. Seeing members of my generation rising up and and actually getting fired up for a cause, even if it is proven to ultimately be misguided and empty, is certainly promising.

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