Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The End of the 00s: The Coup, by Eric Spiegelman

I found a copy of the album with the original cover at Amoeba in San Francisco the following March and bought it for a friend as a birthday present.

He was a music buff, and knew the story, how the artwork was created over the summer and the album was set to be released the third or so week of September. How the record label, in a rather obvious corporate decision, recalled all the already-shipped boxes that were sitting in the back rooms of record stores, waiting for the official release date.

We both explained it to everyone else at the birthday dinner. For a moment, it was like, hey, interesting oddball artifact, you sick fuck, etc.

The Coup

And then it wasn't that. There was quiet, and everyone stared at the thing like it came through a wormhole, as if the impact of September 11th was so strong that it rippled back in time and someone remembered it in advance. This was an uncanny moment.

Eric Spiegelman produces the web show Old Jews Telling Jokes, and he's got both a Tumblr and a Twitter. The best possible anagram of his name is "Imprecise Angel."

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mathnet (#27)


KarenUhOh (#19)

Jesus, Boots.

BTW? Pick a Bigger Weapon charts in at No. 2 on my All Decade List. Which I'd made before I knew about this cover art.

Brian (#115)

'I'm here to laugh, love, fuck and drink liquor' is most of these End of the 00s essays.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Along with "Now it's time for you to show your ass, they ain't handing out no more cash."

Moff (#28)

I was underwhelmed by Steal This Album, but this cover was plain old nuts. A rent in the fabric of space and time!

HiredGoons (#603)

This be some 'Donnie Darko' shit, B.

Zack (#2,609)

This was the worst Jews Telling Jokes yet.

forksclovetofu (#2,665)

great album

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