Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Men - Leave Home
(Sacred Bones, 2011)
I'm a pretty big fan of "the rock n' roll," if you know what I mean, which is a way in which I assert myself as a man. I bet Ryan Gosling listens to The Men, which isn't to say that Gosling is the poster-man for masculinity--saw Crazy Stupid Love the other night (yeah, I can admit it) in which Gosling is a particularly effeminate manly man--but that he uses a fine-tuned album like Leave Home to assure the particular girl he may be with at any given moment--"Hey, girl,..."--that yes, he has a handle on things. Which isn't to say that "the rock n' roll" is limited to men and masculinity, or even that Leave Home is a significantly manly album, just that, in some round-a-bout, nonsensical, mostly meaningless way that, yes, the band's name is The Men and, yes, I listen to them and I have hair on my chest. Just saying.
the men - Leave Home - Bataille (sacred bones records