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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hello again.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 3:42 PM

Not a lot of posting going on here lately; I apologize. Been busy with little life tweaks, some of which are stressful, but ultimately beneficial.

I'm hoping to put together another podcast to make this last blast of winter just that much bleaker. Kidding.

I got the new Of Montreal album, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, today. It's pretty fun; more electro-dance than previous outings, but enjoyable nonetheless. I kind of miss the lysergic, rubberband bass guitar that used to populate their records, but I'm pleased that leader Kevin Barnes is still his same, unhinged self.

I've never really cottoned to much of the "lit-rock" that's taken over in recent years; I find it too self-aware and not actually all that brainy. Although OM can't be classified as such, Barnes' lyrics are loaded with wordplay and odd references. Thankfully, they possess a trickster quality that keeps them from sounding precocious. Plus he always seems to be having a good time, even when singing about old people in cemeteries.

Check these out:

Of Montreal — "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse"

Of Montreal — "Gronlandic Edit"


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Casey Rea

Casey Rea

Casey Rea was the Seven Days music editor from 2004 until 2007. He won the 2005 John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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