Monday, July 9, 2012
Of Montreal Outtakes?
This isn't about getting on the kids. I'm not in a "Hey You! Get off my lawn!" mood. I was simply doing a bit of investigative journalism, as I woke up thinking, "Gee whiz, Sal. How about writing about or posting some music from this century for a change?" Looking for headlines, I went to Billboard.com. Here are today's "top stories."
'IDOL'S' COLTON DIXON UNVEILS ORIGINAL SONG: 'IT'S PERFECT FOR ARENA ROCK'
AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE! TOUR KICKS OFF WITH HIGH-ENERGY DETROIT SHOW
ASK BILLBOARD: NICKI MINAJ TIES HOT 100 RECORD
MCFLY ANNOUNCES FIRST U.S. TOUR DATES
OF MONTREAL TO RELEASE NEW SINGLES & AN OUTTAKES ALBUM THIS FALL
JUSTIN BIEBER CITED FOR 'RECKLESS' FREEWAY DRIVING
"Hey you kids! GET OFF MY LAWN!"
The Of Montreal outtakes album caused a brain-shifting eyeroll. What would be the equivalent of an Of Montreal outtakes album say... in 1969 or 1979?
I thought I'd better find out what a few Of Montreal master takes sounded like first before I got my curmudgeon on.
Funny. They sound like something I would have loved in 1979.
Here's another one.
Everything old is new again. The goal of this post was to vent my frustration, yet again, on the sorry state of music these days. Instead, I just discovered that Of Montreal sounds more than a bit like one of my favorite bands, Sparks. And you know what else Mr. Crankypants discovered this morning? Of Montreal isnt even a new band. They were formed in 1996.
of Montreal is an American rock band from Athens, Georgia. It was founded by frontman Kevin Barnes in 1996, named after a failed romance with a woman "of Montreal." The band is one of the bands of the Elephant 6 collective. Throughout its existence, of Montreal's musical style has evolved from vaudeville and Beatles influenced psychedelic twee pop to a mixture of electronica, funk, glam, and afrobeat music influenced by Prince and David Bowie.
I'd better get my act together, or tomorrow, you will be reading my high-praise of Nicki Minaj.