Is this record worth a spin? Should I buy it? Will it add to or detract
from my credibility? Should I care?
I wish someone could break it down for me.

Monday, February 18, 2013

SBTRKT Live at Shepherds Bush Empire

There is a reason radio personalities are behind microphones, not a television camera.  There's a reason baseball managers are in the dugout and not on the field playing. And there is a good reason DJs are behind the turntables and not in front of the mic: their voices are terrible. SBTRKT fits this category. A lot of successful recording DJs are realizing that they need competent vocalists to attain crossover appeal to a mainstream audience, but most can't afford to take them on the road with them. It's painful listening to this set.

Buy this record when the Panda-faced ear muffs your wearing start speaking in tongues.


Foxygen- We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Foxygen lead a fun-house tour into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where lines dividing sincerity and parody are constantly blurred. Its often hard to tell if you should applaud the songwriting, the hooks, or the simple fact that this band crams an intense amount of 60s influences into any one song: here's a Dylan vocal, there's a Rolling Stones verse, here's a Pink Floyd breakdown followed by a Kinks chorus. This is the traditional rock equivalent of a Girl Talk mash-up. It's a refreshing journey through the pantheon or rock.

Buy this record if your ipad has an acid flashback.