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    Sean Daily is an English major from New Jersey now living in Las Vegas, the Other City of Lights. "I consider 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' to be comfort reading, I like the al pastor tacos at Tacos Mexico and I count among my literary influences the Chainsaw from 'Doom'. 'RRRRRR! You don't like that, do you, Mr. Undead Marine! RRRRRR!'"

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6-27-08 El-P – Tasmanian Pain Coaster

Posted by Sean on June 27, 2008

BTW, I checked the visitors today. We had 76 as of 5 p.m. PDT. But then, that’s not unusual on Fridays and the weekends; people want to get up and away from their computers, unlike losers like me.

Besides, if I was truly worried about hits, I’d name this blog or something.

Anyway, your neat thing today is Tasmanian Pain Coaster, from El-P‘s 2006 album I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. This is the rave-iest El-P song I’ve heard (especially the start) and one of the most stirring.

You ever feel like the world that you’re in is a trap – a trap designed so cleverly and so cunningly that you can’t escape? Like you were dealt a losing hand at birth, only the people you despise got winning hands, and your hungers and desires and even ethics only serve to tighten the trap? I feel like that all the time, and I’m sure you’ve felt like that, too. (The Bush years have not been good to me)

I feel like all I need is one strong jolt of guts to quit my job, move out of the dust-washed bowl of the Vegas valley and get busy living. All I lack is the guts, but there’s the rub. Tasmanian Pain Coaster crystallizes that mood for me very nicely… but TPC’s turf isn’t the bucolic angsty suburbia that I hail from. El-P’s got real problems in this song. Perhaps you sould take a look at the lyrics here, as I did.

Oh, and if El-P sounds familiar, and you think you’ve read about him on this this blog before, well, you have.

Video courtesy of bapetheboombox.


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