Fiestas and Fiascos

Infobox Album
Name = Fiestas and Fiascos
Type = studio
Artist = Lifter Puller


Background =
Released = start date|2000|2|8cite web|url=http://www.selfstarterfoundation.com/lifterpuller.html|work=The Self-Starter Foundation|title=Lifter Puller] (Self-Starter)
start date|2000|2|15 (The Orchard)cite web|url=http://www.emusic.com/album/Lifter-Puller-Fiestas-Fiascos-MP3-Download/10821531.html|title="Fiestas + Fiascos"|work=eMusic|publisher=Allmusic]
Recorded =
Genre = Post-punk
Length = 30:47
Label = The Self-Starter Foundation (PSP 010)
The Orchard
Producer = Dave Gardner and Eric Olsen
Reviews =
* Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:bxg9keptaq7b link]
* "Pitchfork" (3.2/10) [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/19395/Lifter_Puller_Fiestas_and_Fiascos link]
Last album = "The Entertainment and Arts" EP
(1998)
This album = "Fiestas and Fiascos"
(2000)
Next album = "Soft Rock"
(2002)

"Fiestas and Fiascos" is the final Lifter Puller LP comprised of new material and the only work of theirs not included on "Soft Rock". The record is much tighter than previous songs, following the direction implied by songs like "Secret Santa Cruz," where the band plays hook-centrically and vocalist Craig Finn sings with more vocal force (shouting at times) than melodicism. The almost exclusively mythological focus of "Fiestas..." in many ways foreshadows the approach Finn would take with The Hold Steady, as does the less melodic vocal approach. In addition, the record ends with the burning of the "Nice Nice", bringing the Lifter Puller Folklore back to its start.

Track listing

#"Lonely in a Limousine" – 2:11
#"Candy's Room" – 1:54
#"Space Humping $19.99" – 2:45
#"Manpark" – 2:33
#"Lake Street Is for Lovers" – 1:06
#"Nice Nice" – 3:35
#"Katrina and the K-Hole" – 2:07
#"Cruised and Accused of Cruising" – 1:37
#"Touch My Stuff" – 2:36
#"Lie Down on Landsdowne" – 3:36
#"Lifter Puller vs. the End of the Evening" – 3:27
#"The Flex and the Buff Result" – 3:21

References

* [http://web.archive.org/web/20050204161220/www.lifterpuller.com/lp.html Archive of the official Lifter Puller discography]


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