Repeat after me, "Eclecticism is not a substitute for quality. Eclecticism is not a substitute for euphony. Eclecticism is not a substitute for introspection." One more time. Everybody got that? Good. Now, that brings us to the Dirty Projectors. They aren't good.
Saturday, July 28 Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak WILTERN What few critics there were of Dirty Projectors' 2009 magnum opus, Bitte Orca, took issue with the LP's idiosyncrasies. As thrilling as those songs were, they clearly weren't written for anyone other than main brain David Longstreth. But on new al ... More >>
To listen to Swing Lo Magellan is to hear David Longstreth holding something back. Released on July 10 on Domino Records, Magellan is the seventh full-length album Longstreth has recorded as the Dirty Projectors, and the third since 2007's Rise Above, an idiosyncratic interpretation of a Black Fla ... More >>
Cara RobbinsThe importance of being earnest: Dirty ProjectorsIt's very early in the morning, so please allow me to just blurt this out: hipsters are the dead end of Western civilization. They are anti-matter, devouring every counterculture before them, massacring idealism and installing lo-fi ... More >>
Endlessly talented and unaffected by the rubber stamp placed on them by the ILM elite, Dirty Projectors played precocious, innocent and brilliant. Leadman Dave Longstreth wields his guitar upside down and left-handed, a furious Jimi Hendrix play shackled only by boat shoes and effete charm. Plunging ... More >>
Show features L.A. Philharmonic and Alarm Will Sound
Dirty Projectors to Play 'The Getty Address' at the Disney Concert Hall
"The new feelings will rise up like fake blood in crisp October/ From the cracks and the edges of the graves of our proudest moments/ Because that's not a monument it's a grave." Dirty Projectors' lead singer, Dave Longstreth, started his second set at the Echo Park Rec Cen on the last night of Oc ... More >>
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The self-titled debut album by a polyglot L.A. 10-piece: Hebrew vocals and West African rhythms?
View more live photos in the Dirty Projectors at the Troubadour slideshow. Brooklyn's Dirty Projectors performed at the Troubadour last night for the first time since their wildly imaginative, critically heralded new album Bitte Orca was released. The last time they played LA the band was supportin ... More >>
A scheduled interview with Dave Longstreth turns into a game of text-message cat-and-mouse
Last year was my first year in Austin, so I can't really speak to nebulous notions of the SXSW "good ol' days." Anecdotal evidence suggests that the place has expanded exponentially each year since the rise of the Internet, and the demolition of the quasi-mythological monoculture. In layman's term ... More >>
Every time I inasmuch as mention the word "hipster" on the blog these days, some Mensa Mind has to scrawl some stupid, scurrilous statement about how "maaan, all you do is stereotype hipsters and make egregious generalizations and you, Jeff Weiss, are the worst writer in the history of time. Plus, ... More >>