52 in 52

Or, "I Promise I like Music before 2004, REALLY."

This #52in52 entry comes to you complete with a BONUS TRACK below. And, as always, there is a funny story involved. We are in the second week of this magical musical experiment started by @rkelly216. Join us! Share a special album that makes you happy/makes you dance/makes you nostalgic. Create a tackk, tag it #52in52 and post it up. Then do it again next week. And the next. And the next. And- there are 52 weeks in a year- which means you can learn a lot about yourself and the music that makes your internet pals' hearts flutter. Get going!

Week 2/Album 2

The Unicorns- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?

Unlike my last entry, which came about because of something very specific, this record came to me in a dream. Actually, it came to my on my iPod on my way into work this morning and it made me laugh and think of a funny run-in with members of this band and a friend of theirs at the Grog Shop in 2006.

I like The Unicorns. They are the kind of weirdo indie-rock Canadian dudes I would want to hang out with on a regular basis. I only have two of their records- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? and The Unicorns: 2014, an EP they released in 2004 prior to their split. To be honest, I probably bought this record because I like unicorns (the fictional animal) and I liked the cover.

This little snippet from Alien8recordings about this charming record sums it up beautifully: “Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?” features thirteen tracks deeply rooted in careful songwriting and lo-fi pop experimentalism that scream “FRESH”, “INCOMPARABLE”, “AHEAD OF ITS TIME”, “HAUNTING” “CHARMING” “SEXY”, “FUNNY” and “FUCKING BRILLIANT”.

I listened to both records a whole bunch, got sad when I saw that the band was breaking up, and remained a loyal follower of the projects that stemmed from my beloved Unicorns' demise.

Islands released Return to the Sea in 2006 or something like that and I went to see them at the Grog Shop because a) the record was ok and b) Nick Diamonds (Thorburn) who carried over from The Unicorns was someone I may or may not have had a crush on.

To make a long story short, I met Nick at the bar after the Islands set and told him two things: I told him his hair was really shiny and I loved it. I also told him I liked the Unicorns better than Islands. He walked away from me and probably doesn't even remember.

I may have made an enemy, but I also made a friend that night. You see, in between the Unicorns split and Islands formation, there apparently existed a little experimental indie-hip-hop thing called Th' Corn Gangg featuring the likes of a certain Rehan Farquahar aka Busdriver. Mr. Busdriver was at the Grog with Islands and he and I got to talking after the show and became fast friends.

In fact, when I was living in Tremont, it was a call from my new friend Regan when he was back in LA that woke me up at 4:30 am just in time to discover some little rotten teenagers in the street trying to steal my car. I didn't answer the phone because it was late, but I did throw on some sneakers and a coat and ran downstairs to chase the little jerks away. My car did not get stolen.

And I have The Unicorns (ultimately) to thank.

xo, gp

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BONUS TRACK featuring ex-Unicorns and my friend Busdriver!