Tag: The New Pornographers
So despite my new love for Destroyer, I can’t deny that Dan Bejar‘s more popular band, The New Pornographers have been steadily releasing solid albums steadily for the past 15 years. My affinity for the New Pornos’ fairly straightforward but subverted pop-rock waxes and wanes at different times, but they’re best tracks are usually the simpler ones with big back-beats. When Bejar teams up with his fellow Canuck Carl Newman, the two have the capability of making their indie-collective sound like biggest band on the planet – at least for a verse-chorus or two.
The latest video for “Moves” has the band pretending to be just such superstars, and has some great b-level comedians and musicians making cameos. My boy Horatios Sand pops up as John Collins and you gotta love the Rudd/Hader into. Killer vid for a killer tune off of last year’s rock solid Together album.
The deeper I seep into the new Destroyer album, the more I worry I’m going to wake up in 1982. This is only further evidence that Daniel Bejar needs to focus less on less on his other, less pop-savvy band The New Pornographers, and rather keep a one-track mind on pumping out the dreamy yacht-funk that is captured on last week’s release, Kaputt.
And I’ll say it right now, I hate Steely Dan. Yep, just hate em’ – kinda think they’re two of the most soulless crafters of pop in the history of the game. Don’t try to argue – I can’t be swayed. But regardless, I only mention this because it means I thus have a rather elevated and critical ear for the drifty funk-for-yacht grooves. And with a rather large pallet of hipsters crafting just such sounds at a relatively frequent pace as of late, again my tastes are rather attuned. It takes just the right blend of subtle irony, and true embrace of your inner slickness for me to shout your praise. But if Destroyer knows anything, it’s that when you really hit that groove right, you are legally binded to make a video with girls in 80′s leotards amidst some modern, nerdy twist. Grum of Super Furry Animals went off the same lesson-plan last year. Here’s the two together – headbands required for viewing.