Appalled that I’d chosen to spend time with Menomena’s Mines over a leak of the new Arcade Fire album a couple weeks ago, a friend accused me of being a hipster, which I guarantee is the first time that’s ever happened.
Without trying to pit one against the other, the truth is, I’ve just found that Menomena’s musical eccentricities hold my attention a little more. And Dirty Cartoons is a definite standout on Mines. Here we have a condensed version of the song for a video (via Pitchfork) that features an air-drumming busker – who keeps time quite nicely. (Much as I enjoy this video, though, it cuts short the full satisfaction of the 4-minute, 53-second original.)
Remember: Menomena and The Soft Pack are co-headlining the Clubhouse in Tempe on Sept. 18.