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A Celebration of Hunger

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All Music Guide - Brian Way
Coming off like a backwoods Paul Westerberg, Spider Bags' Dan McGee lets the world know his priorities: drink, song, then women. Making the most of his North Carolina heritage, McGee channels the whiskey-soaked greats of country and blues and pounds them into a garage rock sour mash. On the fuck-it-all anthem "Waking Up Drunk," which manages to channel the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" a tongue-in-cheek faux-country limey rant, which is ironic since there's no doubt of McGee's own sincerity he sums up his philosophy in the couplet: "Waking up drunk makes me happy/maybe you just bring me down." Americana-afflicted indie rock is the jump-off point on A Celebration of Hunger, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Way
Coming off like a backwoods Paul Westerberg, Spider Bags' Dan McGee lets the world know his priorities: drink, song, then women. Making the most of his North Carolina heritage, McGee channels the whiskey-soaked greats of country and blues and pounds them into a garage rock sour mash. On the fuck-it-all anthem "Waking Up Drunk," which manages to channel the Rolling Stones' "Dead Flowers" a tongue-in-cheek faux-country limey rant, which is ironic since there's no doubt of McGee's own sincerity he sums up his philosophy in the couplet: "Waking up drunk makes me happy/maybe you just bring me down." Americana-afflicted indie rock is the jump-off point on A Celebration of Hunger, as the Spider Bags at times evoke a less pedantic Pavement or a less angular Archers of Loaf, and they also reference the greats of the genre from the '80s like Dumptruck, Souled American and the Meat Puppets, but you won't find a shred of urbanity on this collection of bloozy barnburners. Case in point: the slide guitar stomp of "Alphabet City Blues" is more Son House than smirking hipster. The punky energy on the up-tempo numbers is more hoe down than moshpit, and the ballads are pure booze-drenched back country laments. And McGee's lyrical imagery is one of a kind, like the barfly on the stool next to you who spins unsolicited yarns that you can't stop listening to: "She got a crooked face when she smiles...she got a dog named after Ike Turner..." from "It's You," one of many lo-fi ditties here that are chock-full of the charm of classic barroom singalongs. Avoiding the hangover and the pain inflicted by heartless women by staying drunk is not a lifestyle to be attempted by amateurs; luckily, McGee seems to have more than his share of the requisite experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • Label: Birdman
  • UPC: 607287010021
  • Catalog Number: 100
  • Sales rank: 167,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Complexion (2:55)
  2. 2 Waking Up Drunk (3:26)
  3. 3 Blood for You (2:35)
  4. 4 It's You (3:16)
  5. 5 Alphabet City Blues (3:27)
  6. 6 So Long a Rope (3:33)
  7. 7 Swanson's Waltz (3:08)
  8. 8 The Bottle (3:13)
  9. 9 Bleed for You (4:36)
  10. 10 I Am Sorry I (4:32)
  11. 11 Wide Open (2:01)
  12. 12 Darkness in My Heart (4:42)
  13. 13 Devil When I Go (2:56)
  14. 14 My Oh My (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spider Bags Primary Artist
Carl Swanson Accordion
Dan McGee Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals
Chris Girard Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Low Drums, Background Vocals
Paul Finn Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian Paulson Engineer
Andrew Low Engineer
Spider Bags Composer
Jake Wood Cover Photo
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