January 22nd, 2009


Animal Collective Smiley Smiles?

Idolator thinks that the new Animal Collective sounds like Underworld.

I think it sounds much more like late period Beach Boys. They use 3 part harmonies, they even sound vocally like the Beach Boys, and the sort of try-anything sonic experimentation is directly related to what Brian Wilson was trying on "Smile" and "Pet Sounds."

I suppose if you're going to bite someone's styles, why not Brian Wilson? Animal Collective's new record, all hyping aside, is a beautiful piece of work.

It doesn't hurt that the other big influence is Can, but they resist doing the same thing for 10 minutes, which is all to the good.

Stare intently at this cover art until crosseyed.

Aside from all the polic stuff Obama's up to...

From the Inaugural Speech: "We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things."

I was talking to a friend of mine who's a hip hop MC who used to be a much shadier individual last night. I told him that not only did he seem happier, his writing and performance had improved. His response was "Thanks, like Barack says, time to put away childish things."

I fully acknowledge that I've remained in many regards juvenile in some respects well past the point where it's seemly. I'm working on that -- I think that it's possible to keep some childlike enthusiasm for the good things, while leaving behind the immaturity.

But back to Obama. First it's a quote from First Corinthians 13, which is my favorite bible verse, for reasons I've talked about before. It's the verse of the bible that is the least preachy and the most pertinent to daily life on all scales.

Second, it's a blistering critique on the last eight years of Bush. Bush was arrogant, petulant, and willful. He preferred gut feelings over facts. He promoted the immediate gratification of unbridled use of fossil fuel over concerns about global warming and dependence on foreign oil. His hostility to proper regulatory oversight led the financial industry to be seduced by magical thinking. He used agression instead of negotiation in dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan. One thing modern parents all know when they deal with children is to tell them to "use your words." We all know how THAT turns out with respect to Bush.

In short, the most appropriate adjective for the last 8 years is childishness. Without adults in charge, things went wrong on a scale we may never fully grasp. It's time to grow the fuck up. If Obama does nothing else but bring some adult supervision to the Government, he'll have done a lot. I hope he can do more than that, but it's a good start.