Tuesday, July 19, 2005

You know I've got your number.

Interesting tidbits about a forthcoming release from our favourite underhyped/overhyped (depending on the circles in which one travels) indie electronic duo Junior Boys, from ridiculous music industry rag Billboard, by way of Globe & Mail guru "Zoilus."

Interesting #1: "...trying to shed any part of our sound that is too highly edited." Exactly what kind of editing did Last Exit go through? The last time I listened to "Under the Sun," it was four minutes of the same 4/4 drum beat bookended by some reverb keyboard noodling. Maybe I'm just insane and such a track actually took days of tweaking in the studio to get right, but in the end, the sound is as basic as you can get these days. Same goes for the rest of the album. Does doing away with "editing" mean creating a more raw sound, a la Caribou or even the White Stripes (who have single-handedly made lo-fi a ridiculous cliche)? Or maybe the boys from Hamilton are making a "studio live" jazz album? Or maybe they're covering Music for Airports. Whatever the intention, there aren't that many bands pulling off the basic-but-polished sound these days, as the Boys did so well with their debut record. Such musical professionalism shouldn't be discounted too quickly in favour of deconstructionism (or evolution, for that matter) for it's own sake.

Interesting #2: "...pervasive influence of classic Tin Pan Alley/Gershwin-esque songwriting." Very odd indeed. If they mean witty, highly sophisticated lyrics, and memorable melodies, then count me intrigued. If they mean embracing formulaic songwriting intended to satiate those who wouldn't know a Flat 9 if it elbowed them in the eye socket, then maybe I'm less excited (and yes, I'm aware of the irony of such a statement coming from someone who really likes U2 and Coldplay). Sure, the Gershwins and others wrote some of our timeless classics, but the TPA production ethic churned out thousands upon thousands of the worst kind of musical drivel as well, which has thankfully been lost to the ravages of time. I guess we'll wait and see. Or something.

5 Comments:

Blogger The Fresh Young MikeyD said...

It's good to have you back and posting again Punk is Dead. You were missed. When I read that news on Mr. Wilson's blog and elsewhere on some blog(s) I've got in my RSS reader I immediately thought of you. Not only 'cause you introed me to Junior Boys but because of the kitchen discussions at 1046 about Tin Pan Alley. The combination had me chuckling.

P.S. I must about your French adventure soon. If you haven’t noticed Mr. Wilson added Caps and Spelling to his extensive link page. Hooray or boosterism!

7/19/2005 10:35 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

Wow. I had not noticed that (i.e. the last thing you wrote above). "Neat-o," one might be heard to exclaim. And yes, French tales shall be told, though they are not necessarily very exciting.

7/19/2005 11:25 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess who I'm going to see this weekend? None other than the Arcade Fire, among other fantastical acts. Jealous?

- Erin

7/20/2005 3:04 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean the French tales aren't very exciting!!
They're filled with adventure, culture and a Mercedes-Benz.

7/20/2005 3:27 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

Oh Erin, don't you know that The Arcade Fire are yesterday's news?

Ah, I jest. But somewhat disturbingly, I do seem to have lost a bit of interest in them. I think it's a symptom of the overexposure of this whole Canadian indie musical collective scens (a la Broken Social Scene, et al).

But seriously, I hope you have a good time. And kudos for making it to a concert to which I had no knowledge whatsoever, unless it's that arts festival thing in Guelph, which oddly enough, didn't seem all that interesting to me, for some reason.

7/21/2005 12:05 a.m.  

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