Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Say Goodbye To Tomorrow

Do you have Ben Harper's new album yet? It's been out for two weeks. And he's going on tour. So get the album. Here - just download it now. Then come back here and let's talk about it.

Seriously. I'll wait.


So, he opens the album Give Til It's Gone with the phrase "Don't give up on me now," which haunts me since I know that in the last six months or so, he and Laura Dern have been going through a divorce. He admits in the song, "And I don't even know, myself, what it would take to know myself. I need to change - I don't know how. Don't give up on me now."

And I'm sorry, I can't stop being distracted by this. When did he write this song? Whose voice is he using? HE filed for the divorce from Dern in October. In the documents, he claimed they had been separated all year. So when did he write this song? I'm sorry, sometimes I turn into a nosy teenager when I listen to personal music. Oh, don't worry; I am all up in these details. In September of last year, Dern and Harper and their kids flew to Hawaii to watch Eddie Vedder get married. So everyone's jaw dropped when he filed. So if you're still reeling from this news six months later when the album drops, sorry... You wonder.

Then again, by track 3 Ben is gleefully singing about how Rock and Roll is free... So maybe this album represents just how disjointed his life has felt for the last year. Unlike past Harper albums, this one really is all over the place.

Click to Enjoy Ben Harper - Rock N Roll Is Free

I think Harper fans are a bit divided... I know I loved his efforts with the Relentless 7. But I definitely read reviews that picked the hell out of the White Lies for Dark Times album he recorded with that band. And I will give you that Harper's older albums, like Fight For Your Mind are probably much stronger than this year's Give.

All I want to know is whether he and Laura Dern are getting back together. ~shrug~

Click to Enjoy Ben Harper - Pray That Our Love Sees The Dawn

I try to be myself, but I forget how. Jackson Browne gives him some vocal assistance on this track. Any love advice, JB?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Joey's Song



While sitting here wondering what to talk about for my next post, the news was on in the background and the very touching story of "Joey’s Song" came on, making the decision what to write about much easier.

Just shy of his 5th birthday, Joseph Gomoll, who was afflicted with Dravet’s Syndrome (a rare form of Epilepsy), passed away unexpectedly in March 2010. Shorty after, a foundation was set up by his family in his honor to raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. Their goal, is to raise money that can be used for research, treatment and support of those affected by this terrible disease.

According to the website (www.joeyssong.org), because music was the centerpiece of Joey’s world, there is no better way to raise money in his name than through music. The Foundation is releasing a series of CDs called “Joey’s Song”. The CDs feature rare and unreleased songs by major recording acts from around the world. In addition, Joey’s Song for Kids features children’s music, most recorded specifically for Joey’s Song.


Click to Enjoy Robbie Fulks covering Dylan's "I Believe In You"


Click to Enjoy A.A. Bondy's "Still I Dream"

With the exception of production costs, every penny raised by Joey’s Song will go directly to find a cure and help those affected by epilepsy. With 85% of the music not available anywhere else, this is your chance to hear some great, heartfelt songs for the mere cost of 2 gallons of gas. So reach into your pockets, bike to work a day and please spread the word. CDs in a physical or digital format as well as Joey’s Song T-Shirts are available for you to purchase online. Some of my faves from the CD... “Still I Dream” by A.A. Bondy, “14th Street and Mars” by Michelle Malone and of course, Robbie Fulks cover of Dylan’s “I Believe In You”.

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul." The power of music never ceases to amaze me!! On this Memorial Day, remember your loved ones who have passed and hold the ones that are still here, a little tighter.






Sunday, May 29, 2011

moose and squirrel?

This week we got a nice little present from one of my favorite bands, Boris. That present came in the form of two albums, released in tandem on Tuesday.

Boris, for those of you unfamiliar, is a Japanese three-piece. They started out as a drone-y metal band and still work with that idea a lot, but they are equally adept at crossing genres like punk, post-rock, psychedelic rock, and more. Every album they've released, and they have 17 full-lengths at last count, has been an opportunity for experimentation and growth. No two albums sound a whole lot alike, but I can't say there's a bad one in the bunch. A few releases, such as 2006's Pink, have made big waves in the critical community as well. Don't take that as a bad thing. This is one time the critics are right on.

The new releases are named Attention Please and Heavy Rocks. The latter is also the title of a 2002 release by the band, so be aware which album you're getting. If you're interested in the band's earlier sound the 2002 album is a good place to start. If you already know the group or want to see where they are now, pick up the newer one.

Heavy Rocks sounds a lot like the title implies. It's a brutal, heavy album more along the lines of previous Boris releases. This is the sound of a band that took their name from a Melvins song title and pushed the idea forward into psychedelic punk. Here's a track from the album to explain what I mean:

Click to play Boris - Galaxians

In stark contrast, Attention Please is a restrained album that focuses more on songwriting and textures. This is the first time female band member Wata has carried the vocals for a full record, and it creates a striking effect. It's amazing to hear this alongside Heavy Rocks and think it's the same band. That's part of the beauty of Boris. Here's the title track from the album:

Click to play Boris - Attention Please

For what it's worth, my favorite Boris moments are the times when they play in the punk/thrash realm. As an example, here's the track "Statement" from the 2008 album Smile:



I don't say this kind of thing often, but that song rocks my ass off.

Even if you're not a fan of heavier music, give Boris a listen. You may just find an album you like in their extensive catalog. Oh, and I hear their live show is something to behold. I haven't had a chance to catch them in person but it's high on the list.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Safety In Numbers [3fer Edition]

Rafter
Rafter has a new album out entitled Animal Feelings. It's a pop album that you don't have to feel dirty for liking. There will never be anyone lashing out at you for liking this album. It's the kind of Pop album that gets you "street cred" with the hipsters. If you would rather stick a pitchfork into the lower orifice of a hipster, then at least you will seem super cutting edge to your normal friends.

Rafter Roberts grew up in Sebastopol, California, where his parents raised him in a decidedly nontraditional setting. "My parents named me Rafter," he told LAS magazine. "I don't know if I want to call them 'hippies' but they were definitely counterculture and outside the norm. When my mom was pregnant with me one of the people they lived with in this semi-commune made a joke that they should name the baby Rafter because he was conceived in a loft. And it just sorta stuck."

There are so many great songs on this album, I've had a hard time picking one to share on this post. In the end I decided on "A Frame" because I think the first verse speaks to me. An A-frame is the most basic of structures to support load. I prefer to roll the opposite of deep. I roll sparse. I roll super sparse homie.

I'm doing counting but the numbers are against me
I ran out of fingers, ran out of toes
I'm doing counting cause there's safety in numbers
Ha!Safety in numbers, we'll see how that goes 

Click to play Rafter - A Frame

Bombay Bicycle Club
If you love this image, go buy the t-shirt from Bustedtees.com
I'm constantly battling my gianormous music libraries. Yes. Plural. Across four different computers, I struggle to consolidate to just one. Well two. One library is EVERYTHING except what's in the smaller one. The smaller one is just dance music, mashups, and remixes. It's the library Serato pulls from that I DJ with. It's a messy sitch. While moving music around my home network, I come across some old gems. The gem was the album I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose by Bombay Bicycle Club from 2009.  A real oldie...I know. It's probably something that I haven't really listened to since 2009, and I regret that. This is a fantastic album that I hope you pick up and love. It's going on my iPhone right now. Check out the track "Always Like This" to get a real feel for the whole album. If you like that track you will love the whole record.

Click to play Bombay Bicycle Club - Always Like This

The Devil Whale
The other thing I struggle to keep organized, besides my music library, is the blog inbox. Fucking overwhelmed. I need an intern. Or two. Not the Monica Lewinsky type either...I can barely keep up with my girlfriend as it is.

This last track will have to be from the digital mail piles. It's from the Salt Lake City garage pop band The Devil's Whale upcoming album Teeth. Check out the single "Standing Stones" and then head to the bands bandcamp site to order the album for $8.99. I think you will dig the surf sounds that must be inspired by some nearby saltwater source...

Click to play The Devil Whale - Standing Stones


  

Monday, May 23, 2011

ME and SJDK

Recently, I was graciously invited to contribute to this wonderful blog and could not have been more excited. A self-proclaimed music junkie who has failed at playing the guitar and has a voice that only a mother could love, my voice now is sharing thoughts on music that moves me and hopefully moves you as well. My taste varies and through my posts I hope to introduce you to some great new music or maybe take you on a trip down memory lane.

My recent adventure in music was much more successful than the guitar lessons and came when I was the music supervisor on the indie film NONAMES. There's nothing more satisfying than pairing great music with a great film to complete the total package. With a small budget I was forced to find artists who were perhaps not well known, but fit the tone of the film. What you get after countless hours of scouring the internet until your ears are bleeding, is a damn good soundtrack that can be heard at www.nonamesthefilm.com.

So that's a little bit about me. And now, on with the show....


So, what do you get when you cross Tina Turner and James Brown? The answer... Ms. Sharon Jones. Early last week I saw Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings for the first time in Madison, WI and was transformed into a dancing machine. That’s saying a lot coming from the girl who took tap lessons (kinda like the guitar lessons) for one day. However, Jones’ energy and storytelling paired with some awesome music, made it impossible to sit still and not shake what your mama gave ya. Well, there were those couple people who complained multiple times to my friend that he was blocking their view. It’s a concert, if you want to sit, buy the DVD and watch it at home!

Backed by the 8-piece Dap-Kings (including guitarist and emcee for the evening, Binky Griptite who hails from Milwaukee, WI) and 2 Dapettes, the nearly 2 hour show did not lack entertainment, fine musicianship or amazing vocals. Wearing a fringe covered mini-dress (which had the men hooting and hollering and the women hoping they look that good at 55 or wondering why they don’t look that good now), Jones created her own version of “Soul Train” when she invited a group of women on stage with her to showcase their own moves. (I didn’t make the cut) She also pulled 2 young men on stage who are probably still asking themselves what happened, after she seduced them with her vocals and sultry moves. One of the greatest songs she performed was "This Land is Your Land", a Woody Guthrie cover from the film "Up In The Air." You may have also heard this song featured on NPR.



Click to play Sharon Jones - This Land Is Your Land (Woody Guthrie cover)



Jones has been on the music scene since 1996, but that song gained she and the Dap-Kings more popularity since the release of the film. Some of my favorites from the Madison show include...“100 Days, 100 Nights”, “Better Things”, “I Learned the Hard Way”, and “Mama Don’t Like My Man”. However, I do have to say there was not one song I didn’t enjoy. On tour through August in a city near you, SJDK is a must see show. Their old school soul sound and look created one of the best live shows I have seen in a long time, with never a dull moment. As a matter of fact, I woke up at 4:45 the next morning with the songs replaying in my head and anybody who knows me, knows there's not much that gets me up at that hour. Warning, if you do attend a show, wear comfortable shoes. Unless you plan on being a stick in the mud and sitting the whole time. Then bring your seat cushion.





Nonames

Friday, May 20, 2011

If It Comes Save Some For Me


After a brief "recession" of sorts in terms of new music that inspired me, I was so happy to find that Mookie grabbed me a copy of Small Sins' Pot Calls Kettle Black (even if it is eight months old already). Small Sins is a Canadian band that mixes electro sounds with catchy hooks, and then surprises you by genre-bending at least once on an album.

Click to Enjoy Small Sins - Pot Calls Kettle Black
Click to Enjoy The Guess Who - These Eyes (Remastered)

So I immediately love Track One because I hear my favorite song from the 60's/70's, "These Eyes" by The Guess Who. Yeah. The more I think about it, my parents really were audiophiles to some degree. Probably their healthiest hobby. So track 1, which is also the title track, opens up with that groovy underlying beat that I would recognize anywhere. And I wonder if they know they're using it. And I wonder if anyone else recognizes it. And I think of Chuck Klosterman.

As I'm writing this very essay, I'm listening to the song "Swim (To Reach the End) by Surfer Blood, and a key stretch of the chorus sounds like the 1985 single "Your Love" by the Outfield. The fact that I am making such a connection means I am not the intended audience for Surfer Blood, even thought I needed to be thirty-seven years old in order to recognize that such a connection exists. This is the underrated ecstasy- and the tragic paradox - of staying alive: I love getting older, because it allows me to remember things I once needed to learn. I feel like I understand music more today than I did yesterday, and yesterday I understood it more than I did two days ago. But yet, I wonder: Does this understanding only serve to signify that this part of my life is supposed to be over? Is "understanding" an emotional, unserious art missing the point entirely? Maybe. But I can't stop, even if I should. I'll always be interested in What The Kids Are Listening To, even as that interest becomes the sonic equivalent of looking at animals inside a zoo. I see a zebra, and I know what it is. But you know what I can't see? How zebras look to a zebra. And that, I realize, is what matters most.

Well here's what else Small Sins did that's what ONLY the coolest kids are doing these days... They enlisted k-os for some vocals on their second track, "Deja-Vu." The video is pretty cool, so I will share it with you.




Another catchy tune from the album is "Why Don't You Believe Me?" I love it, and I see a lovable fuck-up in these lyrics, but I still don't believe him.

Click to Enjoy Small Sins - Why Don't You Believe Me?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bidding You Adieu!


For three years, I've been sharing music with anyone reading. I've also shared my own personal opinions. I've made some people happy through the former, and angered many with the latter. Music is funny, that way. I sought relevance through music to bring light to topics. Many misinterpret writings online of mine as fueled by anger. I argue intently that it's passion. When I have a topic in my head, I can listen to a certain song and feel a sense of clarity. The disconnect comes through the writing, as perhaps that clarity simply cannot be expressed in words.

With that said, I have one last song to share with people. It actually helps express the sort of inner peace I've found as of late. I'm not a religious person, at all, but it's hard to not find the beauty in Moby's "Stella Maris". People know of Moby's turn to Christianity, and the title of this track in English is translated to "Star of the Sea", and used to represent the Virgin Mary.

I honestly don't have many words to describe this one. It calms my nerves, and considering the events in my own personal life in just the last year or two, it also reminds me to be more calm and clear headed in darker times. While I certainly could have used that knowledge when saying and doing things I maybe should not have, I learned long ago to not regret your actions, but to make light of them and learn. Make peace with yourself, because others will, also, if they see the genuine nature within.

Thank you all for reading through my diatribes over the last three years. I do hope that music holds as much meaning for those reading as it does for me. It helps express yourself as well as force you to take a step back and view yourself critically in a positive manner. It defines who we are, and mirrors our differences physically and mentally, but also can be used to bridge those gaps that we essentially create, to begin with. Peace can be found not just within yourself through song, but can be created among people around the world with it, too.

Click to Play Moby - Stella Maris

Monday, May 16, 2011

Keep your eyes on the road ahead

Tig: And we blame the angry black man. 
Clarence 'Clay' Morrow: It's the American way. 

After giving up TV for weeks to get work done on an important project, I anxiously set about shutting myself in so that I could reclaim my throne (couch) and prepare the jesters (Netflix Instant Queue) for my weekend ahead of me.

I burned through a few movies I have been wanting to watch, and then set in to finally complete Season 1 of  the 2008 FX show Sons Of Anarchy.  It's a story of an outlaw motorcycle club whose criminal headquarters is in a fictional town in Northern California called Charming. Imagine Sopranos on Motorbikes.

In fact, I made that Sopranos connection after just one episode. It seemed like I was watching a rip off of one of my favorite dramas, except this time, with the theme of Hell's Angels instead of the mafia. I'm not into motorcycles, so I almost gave up on the show. I guess what I learned is that sex, drugs, and murder appeal to me, regardless the delivery method.



At the center of the show is Heath Ledger look-a-like Charlie Hunnam, who plays  Jackson "Jax" Teller. Jax is the Vice Prez of the club and heir-apparent to become president.

The season opens with the a rival gang stealing guns from the club as well as the birth of Jax's son by his junkie ex-wife (Drea de Matteo...yes...the junkie's wife in Sopranos).

The standout performance on the series is from Gemma, (Katey Segal, Married With Children) Jax's manipulative mother who is married to the current president of the club, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). It should be mentioned that Jax's dead father was the original founder of the club.

Jax finds his father's memoir in some old boxes, and discovers that his father had a different vision for the club. A future that compares starkly with the present day gun-smuggling and gangland crime sprees. This sets the theme of the show; Jax begins to second guess his path, and the path of the club.

These television dramas have gotten really good about selecting the most fantastic music for the soundtrack to the show. Some artists have seen huge popularity bumps as a result, and now TV Soundtracks are selling just as successfully as the series DVDs.

I've discovered two new artists as a result of SOA, as I am sure most fans of the show have. But I write this  assuming you haven't seen the show and haven't heard of the two particular artists I want to mention today.

Episode 12, "The Sleep of Babies," is bookended by a Bob Dylan song covered by Oklahoma City singer/songwriter Audra Mae. It's actually two versions of the song "Forever Young," notably a haunting a capella version at the end of the episode. Below is the version that appears at the beginning.

Click to play Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers - Forever Young (Bob Dylan cover) 

In the emotionally wrenching season finale "Revelator," the closing scenes are backed by a beautiful cover of an old song by bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. It's actually an old gospel call and response hymn, but Willie seems to be the first to record it. In the chorus, John of Patmos, the traditional author of the Book of Revelation, is writing "the book of the seven seals." At the time of the song's composition, John of Patmos was generally considered the same person as John the Apostle and John the Evangelist.

The events of this episode (which I don't wanna spoil in case you are planning on watching the series) start to make clear the revelations of his father, which Jax has only been seeing in his peripheral vision. Jax is becoming his father. Jax will write the club's new story. (That's what I am assuming will happen in Season 2...we shall see!)

Click to play Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers - John the Revelator (Blind Willie Johnson cover)

Curtis Stigers is from Boise, Idaho, and has a mixed musical career of Jazz as well as soul and rock. He has been making albums since 1991, and the track "This Life" is used as the intro for every Sons of Anarchy show.

The music of these two artists are all worth being picked up, and honestly...you might enjoy this TV series too. I am looking forward to moving on to season 2.

Well Moses to Moses, watchin' the flock
Saw the bush where they had to stop
God told Moses, "Pull off your shoes"
Out of the flock, well you I choose

   

Sunday, May 15, 2011

doctor, doctor, give me the news

A couple weekends ago a good friend had a sudden medical emergency. It was one of those unexpected events with lots of blood and anxiety while the doctors tried to find and resolve the cause. She's alright now but there were a few very scary days along the way.

I've been thinking a lot about it since. I keep realizing that, even though we put it through all kinds of punishment with seemingly no ill effect, the human body can be a fragile system. At the time I was also caught up in insane hours of work, and I was losing myself in high stress levels over my projects. This reminded me what's truly important. The Man and I have a nice little agreement that pays my bills and keeps his business running, but deep down it's a cold relationship. Your friends, the people dear to your heart, are the ones who keep you going when you need more than a paycheck. They also won't fire you when you do stupid things. I'd have millions of pink slips by now if that was the case.

Now I'm not a touchy-feely kind of guy who openly expresses emotion. I can't always find the right words to say what I want, which is when I fall back on music to speak for me. I'm going to do that now. Here's a little playlist for a lady we all care tons about. Other than the subtle romantic undertones, which should be translated as platonic, friendly vibes, I hope it sums up the wry humor, intelligence, silliness, and quiet love we share in our little group of friends. I'm glad you guys are around.

Click to play Suzanne Vega - Blood Makes Noise

Click to play Fugazi - Give Me The Cure

Click to play The Beatles - Fixing A Hole

Click to play Eels - Beautiful Freak

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Respect


Respect is the word I used to end my last post. So I figured I'd offer my own thoughts on the word when it comes to America and its citizens.

-Respect is an overused and underappreciated word in our society.
-Respect is using the words "may I" and "please" when asking for something.
-Respect is valuing who someone is, regardless of disagreeing with who they are.
-Respect is working towards peace. War is not respect. If anything, it's the antithesis of the word considering our supposed "intelligence".
-Respect is being mindful of others when undertaking your own actions.
-Respect is nothing you should demand. It should be earned.
-Respect is the golden rule.
-Respect is living up to the rules you tell others they should obey.
-Respect is keeping an open mind.
-Respect is taking care of the world around you. Be it through recycling or by working with others instead of fighting.
-Respect is seven letters. Seven little letters that mean something much larger than the size of the font on the page you're reading.
-Respect is listening to others.
-Respect is working to be a better person. Not just for yourself, but for and towards others.
-Respect is something you will never fully understand. It is something you will learn in new ways, shapes, and forms every day. Be it through humility, perspective, or hardship.

So when you use the word "respect", think about why you're using it. Be conscious of your actions when using the word.

Click to Play Aretha Franklin - Respect (twoshoes edit)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

it adds up

 Watch the video here below...and then we can get started. Don't worry...I'll wait.



What if I’ve been trying to get to where I’ve always been?

That's the title track off the album Simple Math, an album I have anxiously waited for all year. The video was directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, and was released a few weeks back to promote the May 10th release of the full length album.

It's an amazing video that kind of reminds me of Twin Peaks, minus the backward speaking midget.  The gravity shifts, the story line, the suspense all make for a video that should win at least a handful of awards!

Manchester Orchestra
I feel like you should already know that Manchester Orchestra is required listening for all our readers. We've mentioned them a few times on the blog. I couldn't just gloss over this release, even though I am sure you pre-ordered it on vinyl. Maybe you scooped it up today on iTunes or Amazon?


If you haven't, I beg you, pick this up. It's another brilliant album by the boys from Atlanta, Georgia. This album, like the others before it, is honest and passionate. It's a feeling you get from hearing truth spill from lead singer Andy Hull's lips. His lyrics are stories, about dreams, fears, pain, and loss. Simple Math has one unifying theme: relationships. We hear the story about Hull's struggle to understand and maintain his relationship between himself and his wife and between himself and God.

The song "Virgin" comes on in the climax of 'Act 2' of the story. I'll let Andy explain it: “It’s a tri-fold story that parallels three ‘firsts’ for me, the loss of my virginity, the potential loss of relationship, and the realization that our band has and will change after our first album. To all of these issues, the same lyric applies: It’s never gonna be the same.”

Click to Listen to Manchester Orchestra - Virgin

My brother, upon hearing the song for the first time felt like filming a music video for the song, "Boondock Saints" style.  It would be a short film where we watch the protagonist slaughter rapists and murderers in the name of the Lord with the song "Virgin" as the soundtrack.

The song has that feeling of anxiety and frustration that boils up to an emotional release that makes me want to leave my mortal body and shoot my soul into the sky at high velocity. Imagine a signal flare burning fast through the sky at the very moment the dam breaks below.

Wanna hear how the story all ends? Pick up the album. Right now.

Links below.

  

Friday, May 6, 2011

ZZZZZzzzzZZZZZZzzzzzZZZZZzzzz

It's tough to say you hate Panda Bear. I mean, they are so cute and cuddly..and they are usually harmless. They are, for the most part, pretty boring. You go to the zoo, and you watch them eat and poop, you revel at their cuteness, and you move on to the more interesting animals.


The Panda Bear that is also known as Noah Benjamin Lennox is also boring. I'd even venture to say VERY. BORING.   The album Tomboy is so repetitive and monotonous, that I nearly ejected the CD from the car stereo and threw it out the window. It would have been the only excitement or happiness I would ever get from the album.


I should have known better. I didn't love the 2007 release of Person Pitch. Two things played into the mistake I made at the record store. The first mistake was a review I read written by Brian Hiatt in the Rolling Stone. 


After reading the write-up, I stored these three things into my long-term memory (which is sorta short these days...)


1. "Simple and powerful"
2. End Product is more like an attack on his guitar
3. Animal Collective’s 2009 breakthrough Merriweather Post Pavilion


This was all that I could really remember when I got to the record store and saw it on sale for $8.99. I had another album in mind, but with points 1 through 3 in my head, and the orange sale sticker...I was doomed to waste 9 hard earned dollars.


When I listened to the CD on the way home, I was just grimacing, wondering how I went wrong. I can't make out one guitar...and all Panda Bear does is repeat lyrics over and over and over ad nauseum.


This was the song that was the proverbial straw, and it's not even the worst song on the album. Take a listen to "Drone" (never in the history of music has a more accurate title been chosen for a song... you won't want to listen for long, I'd imagine. Not that you would need to. I'll post the lyrics below so you can follow along.)


Click to play Panda Bear - Drone
Now I see you again
Now I feel you again
Now I know you again
Multiply those three lines by thirty.


So...


1. "simple" was accurate, but this is far from "powerful". This sounds frail and fragile. 
2. Attack on guitar? What guitar?
3. Panda Bear is a member of the band Animal Collective, but then again I have always thought that the album was overrated.


Number 2. Tricky number two. When I reread the article I realized I missed a lot of important details.


But the end product is more like an attack on his guitar, which Lennox warped into various unrecognizable forms – metallic burbles, echoey madness, church-organ-like resonance – by playing it through a synth module.

Which wouldn't have stopped me from buying the album, since that sounds super cool. The lesson is that even synth modules can't save you and make you interesting. That at least explains why I never heard one guitar on the whole album.


Well, I guess you can skip this album. I'd suggest you get a copy from your hipster brother, or steal it off mediafire. The best idea is to download it illegally, and then immediately put it in the recycle bin.


Don't waste the money on the new Panda Bear. It's Unbearable.


/giggle