Hey gang. Guess what I just read on our favorite website, Insound.com? Apparently, when you pre-order our new record, The Monitor, you will also receive a free copy of the "Four Score and Seven" seven inch! Hey, wait a second - Four Score and Seven Inches? That's funny. It appears to me that this offer only relates to purchasing the vinyl edition of the full-length. Did I mention that it is a double LP? Damn, that's badass, right? Anyway, learn more here. How many times do I have to tell you this???
Anyway, remember that band from the 90's the Smoking Popes? I do. They were awesome. I recently obtained a used cassette copy of their 1995 album Born to Quit and it holds up nicely. Peep the video for their great song, "I Need You Around," which has some totally awesome fish-eye lens shot. I swear, if we ever get to make another music video, it is going to have so much fish-eye, it is going to be insane.
Why do I bring this up? Well, it is all because of that band Surfer Blood everyone is talking about. Amidst all this talking, why has no one mentioned that this Surfer Blood guy's voice sounds just like the guy from the Smoking Popes? Am I crazy? Just listen.
I am not crazy. This dude is taking a lot of his cues from the Smoking Popes, and you know what, that's great! Speaking of Surfer Blood, can President Obama or somesuch authority figure go on the record declaring this song "Swim" to be the best Weezer song since "Wasted and Ready" by Ben Kweller? It is decidedly so. Anyway, speaking of Smoking Popes, you know who else is taking a lot of their cues from them? GIRLS!
Doesn't that band sound like Smoking Popes too? And also, what is it with them and boobs? This video is like an awkward hipster version of the video for "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak. They're pretty good all the same though, and I am especially fond of their drummer Garett, but maybe he isn't in the band anymore or something? Who knows. Point is: Smoking Popes - biggest unsung heroes of 2010 indie rock.
You know who else? Luna! Why don't any of these chillwave/glo-fi/hypnagogic pop bands give lip service to Luna? I would embed a bunch more YouTube videos to prove my point, but we've had enough of those by this point, right? Hey, all you chillwavers - give credit where it's due. Luna is the one.
Speaking of chillwave or whatever that thing is, I was reading a review of that great new album by our homies Real Estate earlier today, and man, was it harsh! And poor innocent Titus Andronicus got caught in the crossfire! Observe.
"Stereogum made some stink about how Titus Andronicus were in this band’s top friends on MySpace. I read this review (which was gleaming, for some reason) while listening to Real Estate and began to think about the relationship between New York (and her bands) and the national press. If there were one city that this dirty hipster would think would have the balls and the brains to boo a band like Titus Andronicus off stage, I though New York would be it. For one reason or another, TA continues to play in front of big crowds at Bowery Ballroom. Maybe we’re more polite than everyone thinks. Way more polite. TA seem to be at the forefront, or at least towards it, of a new wave of extremely unprofessional, unpolished, careless bands. Real Estate may the next in line to take the stage at Bowery and not only sing out of key, but bore the crowd half to death."
Whoa, that smarts! Here was the death blow at the end of the review.
"Real Estate’s latest release is a raggedly-constructed cobweb of reverb that leaves this dirty hipster crying, “NO MORE!” Grizzly Bear (though I personally prefer Department of Eagles) and Fleet Foxes deserve our attention. Real Estate, and the unbearable, Titus Andronicus, do not."
Uncle, Uncle! Read the complete character assassination here. This guy got it about half right - we suck, it is true, but Real Estate is great! Come on, man. Get yr facts straight!
Okay, I guess that's all for now.