It’s easy to still root for Moby, but tough to expect to be surprised by him anymore. “The Day” is the first single on Moby’s new album, Destroyed, out May 17th, and it’s an unbelievable bore. If you want, you can listen here anyway.
The production, a homage to the Berlin Trilogy, has an emotionless gloss over it which gets further obscured by Moby’s flat vocal delivery. Overall, the track is bogged down by sheer monotony; there’s no tonal shift, no significant tempo change, and nothing to hold on to. Maybe he should have sang it in French. No, that’s worse.
It magically became March without giving people enough time to take notice and summer already seems palpable. What does that mean? FESTIVALS. The music industry is definitely embracing the cash cow that is the summer indie music festival — Coachella has evolved (devolved?) into a clusterfuck with Sasquatch!, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza in tow. So many choices, such expensive tickets, increasingly questionable headliners…
Well, at least you know what to expect from the Pitchfork Music Festival, going down July 15-17 at Union Park in Chicago. They haven’t announced the lineup yet, but browse their “Best New Music” page to get a general idea.
Best Coast, Destroyer, Girls, Joanna Newsom, The Radio Dept., Wavves, OFF!, Smith Westerns, Cut Copy, Das Racist, Walkmen, Curren$y, Ariel Pink, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Robyn, and James Blake will most likely all be there; throw in some classic post-punk acts like Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, and Wire and you have the initial lineup for the most predictable festival on the circuit. But the best part is, this mock lineup fucking delivers. And tickets are only $45 for single-day passes and $110 for three-day passes. Throw in delicious food from local eateries, a full record store, and various local art, clothes, and trinkets for a well-rounded Chicago experience. Tickets go on sale this Friday, so if this all sounds appealing, schedule! transfer funds! make travel plans!
This video we are letting speak for itself. It’s weird. Very weird. But do you expect any less from Destroyer? No, we didn’t think so. Dan Bejar releases the video for the title track “Kaputt.” You’ve been warned.
Dan Bejar has been putting out music for over fifteen years under the name Destroyer; essentially, that means he has pumping out indie music ever since a little movie entitled Braveheart was released. That is a long time. This was a faraway time where Mel Gibson had not yet gone ape-shit and “social networking” meant hanging around the water-cooler. Let’s just say Destroyer is a mature band that has experimented with all types of sounds and if it was a smooth bachelor, it would know all the moves to get you in the sack.
The band’s lucky thirteenth release, Kaputt, starts off by seducing the listener. The opener “Chinatown” gives the listener exactly what they want to hear: a nice rhythmic guitar, polished vocals, and even accents of horns. Just when you think you are being sweet-talked, your suspicions are confirmed with the following fantastic single “Blue Eyes”. A song that was taken straight out of the 1950s via a weird Sammie Kaye time machine. The accompanying female vocals on the track are magnificent. “Savage Night of The Opera” and probably the best song on the album, “Suicide Demo for Kara Walker”, are pure delights and the first half of the album takes you to a time where music uplifted spirits and was amorous.
Unfortunately, the second half of the album aside from the fantastic closer “Bay of Pigs” shows a loss of steam and lyrics like “Wasting your days/Chasing some girls/Alright/Chasing cocaine to the back-rooms of the world all night” followed by the overuse of jazz horns is to the narrowest of margins pleasing. It is as though Destroyer made two albums; the first half of Kaputt is the correct way to make a reappraising of 1950s-esque music and the second half is littered with mediocre jazz.
All in all, it is okay because as the album closes, Destroyer has delivered the hits just like any crafty veteran manages to do in the time it is given. Kaputt is a blast; the musicianship for the most part is great, lyrics are interesting albeit a few eye-rolling moments, and there are a handful of catchy singles.
Chicago based duo Moneypenny came to our attention yesterday when we heard they were doing spot shows with hometown pals Hey Champ and Team Bayside High this month. The first of these three shows was actually last night in San Fran so, if you went, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.
If, however, you can’t make it out to see Moneypenny live, the band is offering their new EP up for free download. Grab that HERE.
12.04.10 – Los Angels, CA @ LMA Fest (w/ Classixxx, The Golden Filter, Acid Girls)
12.10.10 – Austin, TX @ Aces Lounge (w/ DJ Spooky)