I’m not sure what “emotional clarity” sounds like, but I’m actually more interested in the fact that the reviewer, Marc Hogan, found it not just “impressive” or “surprising” but actually “startling”- like upon listening to the new Deerhunter album he actually jumped out of his chair in fear upon hearing the emotional clarity.
Paragraph three has the traditional Pitchfork connections to important and/or obscure musical works in the hipster canon. I don’t know if I’ve heard the two albums mentioned here, but I have heard of the guy Neil Young, who is referenced here and who was in America, or CCR, or Buffalo Springfield. I can’t remember. I know he’s really old and might have been in all three.
The review devotes the next three paragraphs, half of the paragraphs in the entire review, to discussing the lyrics. There are a couple interesting insights into background sources for the lyrical content. A clear picture is hard to extract, but considering the limited space, the job done is quite effective.
The last paragraph is the best one. Hogan’s discussion of the album’s sense of nostalgia conveys a beautiful idea with startling emotional clarity for a Pitchfork review. I know that sounds like I’m just making a joke referencing the second paragraph of this review reviewing the first paragraph of the Pitchfork review, and I am a little, but I’m also serious in that it is a really beautiful thought Hogan conveys and it is one that actually describes a specific idea. It almost seems out of place. Hogan describes a nostalgia “not for an era, not for antiquated technology, but for a feeling of excitement, of connection, of that dumb obsession that makes life worth living no matter how horrible it gets.”
Overall, the Pitchfork review of the new Deerhunter album proves to be a satisfying experience, with very little of the irrelevant, narcissistic moments sometimes found in Pitchfork reviews. Indeed, there is almost nothing annoying about this review. If one is to point to a flaw it might simply be the short length. Perhaps Pitchfork will decide to release outtakes and b-sides from the review as such a move would surely add to a quality review that leaves the reader wanting more.original review is at
Pitchfork has a nice Interview with Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler. Some food for thought like:
“Major labels just lost their way. It’s like the housing bubble. They lost a sense of the fundamentals. They were just flailing about and throwing money around. They weren’t thinking about putting out good music or embracing new things.”
…Then again, there’s an AM station in Montreal that re-broadcasts Casey Kasem shows from 30 years ago. I was listening to one from 1972 and the top 10 songs included John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones– like, nine of the 10 were classic, and #2 was some horrible schmaltzy 70s song. I don’t think I’ll be excited about nine of the top 10 songs on the radio today 35 years from now, partly because I’m an old fogey.
Win: But also because, objectively, those nine songs are better than the nine songs from today.
Will: It doesn’t say that much about music so much as it does about pop radio, which is almost unrelated to music.
“Ready to Start” came from going to art school and meeting a lot of people who had really defined political ideas and rules about art. But I just wanted to make something in the world and worry about the rest of it later and not get too caught up in rules
a little writing from last Spring. When I wrote the line “we stand dusty silhouettes” I was thinking about that above image taken by my friend Anthony. The shot was from a trip a group of us took to Joshua Tree for the filming of a Red Feathers video, which was fun until it got freezing cold and I think Spencer’s still mad at me for throwing a snowball at him and yelling “wake up, dummy, I’m freezing!” See more of Anthony’s photos at http://anthonylevas.blogspot.com
I got in my inbox the other day. I can’t believe someone stole a Kleeman and Mike poster. Anyway, I’ma dig up one of those posters and send out a replacement
Just wanted to drop a note. I’m an old fan of your artwork from back at FSU and Kleeman and Mike days. I had a signed print from one of your first art shows “I’m board….” that I framed and took with me to Los Angeles. The movers stole it when I moved back to Florida.
Every now and then I check your site to see if you’ve posted new stuff. I’m wondering if you have an online store or something – any prints that could fill the void of that missing kleeman and mike cartoon? I’d proudly display it in my office, where many animators could see it and be jealous.
“The thing that impressed me was their throwaway attitude to Art – a point of view which the European with his long tradition of the seriousness of culture (not even Dada was that carefree) could hardly achieve.” -Richard Hamilton on American pop artists, 1964
I’m obsessed with crows. Look at this photo of a crow using a twig to get food. LOVE! from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/science/21obcrow.html
“Let me tell you a story. One of the first dolphins I ever worked with was Circe. I’d bring her a fish when I wanted her to do certain things. If she didn’t do them, I did a “time-out” where I turned my back and walked away. Well, there was a certain type of fish that Circe loathed because it had a spiny tail. So I accommodated her by cutting the spines off of the tail. One day, I forgot to do that. Circe spit it out, swam to the other side of the pool and placed herself into a vertical position that mimicked my time-out. I wanted to test this. I gave her untrimmed fish on four different days. Whenever I gave her fish with spiny tails, she gave me a time-out. What that suggested was that she saw time out as a correction and used it back on me.”