I Just Need a Little Diet Cola, Or Maybe Just a Little Lifter Puller

Artist Song
Lifter Puller  Candy's Room 
Lifter Puller  Space Humping $19.99 
Lifter Puller  Nice, Nice 
Lifter Puller  Nassau Coliseum 
Lifter Puller  Secret Santa Cruz 
Lifter Puller  Math is Money 
Lifter Puller  Manpark 
Lifter Puller  Sherman City 
Lifter Puller  Katrina and the K-Hole 
Lifter Puller  Star Wars Hips 
Lifter Puller  4Dix 
Lifter Puller  The Pirate & the Penpal 
Lifter Puller  Rock for Lite Brite 
Lifter Puller  11th Ave Freezeout 
Lifter Puller  To Live and Die in LBI 
Lifter Puller  Lonely in a Limousine 
Lifter Puller  Lifter Puller vs. the End of the Evening 
Lifter Puller  Let's Get Incredible 
Lifter Puller  Mission Viejo 
Lifter Puller  The Flex and the Buff Result 


4 reasons you should listen to Lifter Puller:

1)They're original, or at least as original a band as you'll come across these days. They mix indie rock with the frenetic wordplay of hip-hop(ew, I sound like a music critic). It's unusual, fucked up, and brilliant.

2.Great lyrics filled with pop-culture references, many of them aimed at the kind of people who frequent this site, from the way they sing the line "fine, fine music" (nodding to VU) to their ode to the love between a girl and her inmate penpal, which includes the line "her favorite song is still 'Forget the Swan'; it gives her hope when those guitars kick in."

3.The band kind of has a plot. About half of their songs deal with the same group of characters (Night Club Dwight, the Eye Patch Guy, Katrina, etc.). I tried to keep the narrative alive in this mix, and it's sorta worked.

4.They're John Darnielle's favorite band. In fact, he opened for them last summer at their reunion show. It was about half an hour's drive from where I live. I couldn't go. Yes, I still have difficulty talking about it. Anyhow, he writes about them here.

The only other thing I want to say is that it was an absolute hell to cut any tracks off Fiestas+Fiascos. But I did it. For you. Whoever you may be.

There. Now I'm going to bed.


Charlie Rose
Date: 12/22/2003
Ths is great. I've considered making one of these myself, but then sort of figured I could fit most of their output on one tape anyway.

Nassau Coliseum is one of the best songs ever.
Date: 12/22/2003
Shit - another single artist mix that someone made with so much passion and I have no idea who this band is. The song tiltes look intriguing and your description sounds cool so I tracked down two songs
here to check them out and I'm hooked. Reminds me quite a bit of the Fall. I will definitely be buying something by them right after Christmas.

Date: 12/22/2003
I'd love to hear this sometime
Date: 12/22/2003
Haven't a clue 'bout this band Adam.., but I like your excitement over 'em.
Date: 12/24/2003
Excellent Adam. I love Lifter Puller and have no idea what became of my copy of "Half Dead and Dynamite."
Date: 1/13/2004
I picked up Fiestas+Fiascos while I was home at Christmas, purely on the basis of reading your comments, and it is brilliant.
Date: 1/13/2004
I forgot to say thanks for the recommendation.
Adam Bristor
Date: 1/13/2004
I'm glad you liked them, Jana! Got to have some love for the MPLS bands. Fiestas+Fiascos is one of my very favorite albums, so I think you made the right choice.

And Curtis, Half Dead and Dynamite comes in just behind F+F in my estimation. It's a pretty great album too. I'm not sure that they've been able to top the 1-2 punch of "Sherman City" and "Nassau Coliseum". Oh, how I love this band.
Date: 8/11/2004
lifter puller is great. but the first to songs in the whole story are 'star wars hips' then 'to live and die in lbi'.
Adam Bristor
Date: 8/12/2004
I knew "Star Wars Hips" was the first in the narrative, but at the time I made this mix I didn't quite like it enough to lead off the mix with it. I've since changed my tune, and it's now one of my favorite songs. Every time it comes on, I lose my voice singing along.