(Editor's Note: Two things to address before the post proper. In reality, it's only one, but it felt weird to divorce the words on Akron/Family immediately below from the video immediately above. So, that first. If you live in Ohio, you are going to Loop in Tremont tomorrow to listen to the new Akron/Family record before everyone else in the world. If you live somewhere else, you're going to go somewhere else. If you need more details, they are here. Get excited everybody. Secondly, I heard a live version of "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band on 98.5 (Cleveland's home for classic rock) on the way home today. (I know that I am the only blogger on the planet listening to terrestrial radio. Fuck you.) This struck me: what does the saxophone player do on stage for the six minutes between the saxophone parts? It's a long time between riffs, is all I'm saying.)
First: "So It Goes" is awesome. I'd tell you that even if I wasn't sponsoring an event previewing the rest of the record in roughly eleven hours. The guitar riff is unshakable. The lyrics have that pseudo-boho-universalist-everyman tenor that I love about much of Akron/Family's work. The first drum hit (for some reason) makes me think of "Fight Test," which is always a good thing. There's a lot to like. If the rest is as good (and I have a sneaking suspicion it is), we're all in for a treat this evening.
Second: The song is even better when you tack on the suite that precedes it in the video. Holy cow. And the video is really clever, right? Who doesn't love a little infinite regression?
Third: The title is a Vonnegut reference, yeah?
If you would have told me in 1997 that two members of The Dismemberment Plan would eventually make insanely catchy Morris Day and the Time-esque semi-funk, I would have shit my pants. I'm still surprised by this development in 2011, but less so. Good times.