Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
What you're going to find here is Owen's Mike Kinsella premiering his upcoming new album, "L'Ami du Peuple," from top to bottom, in its entirety. Once, when it was originally going to be taped, he needed to cancel because his Chicago home was flooded, due to spring rains that literally never let up. Another time, when it was going to be taped after that, we had to shift days because his wife's car had a flat tire. It eventually happened, but these are the kinds of things that happen to the people that he writes about in his painfully and beautifully melancholic songs about the daily beatings.
When he sings, "Those rusty pipes do nothing but complain," he's not only referring to the pipes. The people that he draws into these soggy lives are too tired to put up too much of a fight. They aren't going to roll over, but they're grizzled enough to know that it's better to just silently sop up the flooded basement, rip out the carpet if you have to, replace that tire with a scribble on a check and just ready one's self for the next time it will inevitably happen. Kinsella's narratives come in measured tones, uttered by someone who appreciates that all of this is part of "a never-ending game of consequences" that we either decide to play or not play.
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