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2008-06-10 - 11:37 a.m.

Minus the Bear are one of those bands that I have stayed away from, due to a) their name sounding arty, b) my distaste for anything described as "math rock," and c) the same irrational can't-explain-it aversion that I get whenever I see the word "Uncrustables."

However, I spent some time with their music yesterday, and came away from the experience admiring their technical ability, playfulness, and complexity--closest comparison would be the Sea & Cake, and the more melodic Thrill Jockey bands. I bet they'd sound pretty awesome live, too.

I made up a word: What do you call it when you send an email to thank someone for the thank-you card that they sent you after you sent them a gift?


And here's an oxymoron for you.

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