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 >>
[Editor's note: Jeff Weiss's column, "Bizarre Ride," appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday. Be sure to also check out the archives.] It's hard to pinpoint the date when the music industry stopped speaking like a shell-shocked trench poet, but the sky quietly quit falling. Last year, album sal ... More >>
Also, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Simon Stokes, Sonnymoon, and others
Courtesy of Simon ReynoldsThe cover of Retromania, released in May Isn't it ridiculous that it's now fair game to recycle the nineties and call your product retro? We've entered a phase where mashing up the sixties and the seventies is overdone -- now, the recent decades are up for grabs in t ... More >>
Just finished listening to the BRILLIANT Goblin by Odd Future's Tyler the Creator. It's a fantastic feat by a true artist who'll be around for a while. Solid, sober and soulful. A kind of stream-of-consciousness poetry up there with the best. Now, other reviews from the little fraternity of ... More >>
The inside story on the best album of 2011 (so far)
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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 >>
Rx BanditsFew would have thought that the Orange County ska-punk kids who a decade ago started playing as the Pharmaceutical Bandits would grow up to be a Coachella band. But the quartet now known Rx Bandits has, their party in the desert last spring certifying Matt Embree and crew as musica ... More >>
Also, Kris Kristofferson, the Black Keys, Bettye Lavette and others
Marianne WilliamsFool's GoldYou almost wonder what Fool's Gold can do for an encore. The L.A.-based purveyors of pop and world-beat jambalaya have now toured the globe with their songs for a multinational, friending (in the true sense) the likes of Malian musical rebels Tinariwen and challen ... More >>
O.M.G.! Dubstepper Rusko Drops New Album Today
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 Coachella message board is doing a good job of tracking the upcoming Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio. Now's the time that bands begin leaking confirmations, revealing their hands on MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, and basically spilling the beans one way or another. For example, this f ... More >>
Dirty Projectors Offer New Music and Free MP3's
'Malice N Wonderland'Staying in for New Year's Eve? Playing laptop DJ to an intimate set of friends? Completely lacking television, radio, Internet radio, or any other method of access to the party-happy outside world? Boy, has Snoop Dogg got the thing for you. Via his Twitter account this ... More >>
L.A. Weeklys music editor lists the 10 records he couldnt get out of his head
By Rob Harvilla Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten splendid records with an amorphous rock 'n' roll designation, albeit in a perhaps slightl ... More >>
New York magazine"These B'klyn Bands Could Be Your Life, (If your life was LAME, that is!)," says a way-cooler Los AngelesBreaking news! Stereogum reports that New York magazine has just named Brooklyn "the music capital" of America (or perhaps the world?--unclear). Grizzly Bear, MGMT, and Th ... More >>
Patrick Range McDonaldNow that the costume stress and sugar rush are history, take some time to check out LA Weekly's Halloween party coverage.
Halloween in Los Angeles can be overwhelming, so many parties to attend, so many elaborate costumes to catch our eyes. While the costume party madness began for us over a week before the big day, the festivities didn't kick into full gear until Thursday night. Keep reading to find out what we did. ... More >>
Those of you lucky enough to have been at either of the two Dirty Projectors shows last night will understand, perhaps. Or maybe you saw the Brooklyn band at the Troubadour in the summer, when they did a lot of the music from their totally magnetic new Bitte Orca; or at the Echoplex two years ago, w ... More >>
"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 >>
Also, Pixies, Justice, the Happy Hollows and others
In the unpredictable wake of music's digital rebirth, vinyl has experienced a modest boom in popularity, seen by many (with delicious irony) as a replacement for the awkward middleman that is the compact disc. INCHES seeks not only to review the output of L.A.'s healthy vinyl community (artists and ... More >>
The self-titled debut album by a polyglot L.A. 10-piece: Hebrew vocals and West African rhythms?
Franz Ferdinand is my uncle's favorite band. They might be your uncle's favorite band. About five years ago, they were my sister's favorite band -- probably yours too. That was when Franz Ferdinand released "the song." You know -- "THE SONG." That moment of leyden jar lightning when circumstance and ... More >>
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
View the SXSW archives for complete coverage . Randall RobertsStrange Boys drummer Matt Hammer at the Beauty Bar It's all a blur, but a few snapshots remain. Many who follow the fest, of course, were there and damn sure weren't anywhere near the Internets. We were. We were blogging. Over the past ... More >>
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 >>
I have this theory: like most things, greatness at music generally* requires an alloy of natural talent, providence, and an Outliers-like tenacity requiring 10 years hard labor in dingy crackerbox clubs, or snagging a Best New Music on Pitchfork--whichever comes first. The corollary being that for ... 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 >>
This post RIYL: Damien Hirst, Amerindie record labels, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Islington's Union Chapel, pretentious statements about life.
The rise of classically informed indie music, one awesome photograph of MC 62 Foot Jesus, and my thoughts on "conflict of interest" in music criticism today. ALSO, a member of Grizzly Bear getting crunk in a Cincinnati, OH parking lot. It's kind of like US Weekly for obscure people.
Jeffrey Lewis: "Whereas the Sex Pistols you might hear that played in any given venue. They probably get played in the Gap or something... The Fugs and Crass, though, you just don't hear them in polite society."
Here's eight records. Now go start a riot
Reminding the hipster community: There are other places to gaze besides your shoes
She's an auburn-haired Caucasian woman of Ukrainian descent. Is Case also the blackest woman in indie rock?