The Age of Adz (pronounced odds) is Sufjan Stevens’ first full-length collection of original songs since 2005’s civic pop opus Illinois. This new album is probably his most unusual, first, for its lack of conceptual underpinnings, and second, for its preoccupation with Sufjan himself. The album relinquishes the songwriter’s former story-telling techniques for more primal proclamations unhindered by concepts: there are few narrative conceits or character sketches; there are no historical panoramas, no civic gestures, no literary maneuvers, no expository illustrations drenched in cultural theory, no scene, setting, conflict, resolution, or denouement. Sufjan has stripped away the fabric of narrative artifice for a more primitive approach, emphasizing instinct over craft. The result is an album that is perhaps more vibrant, more primary, and more explicit than anything else he’s done before. The themes developed here are neither historical nor polemical, but rather personal and primal (if even a little juvenile): love, sex, death, disease, illness, anxiety, and suicide make appearances in a tapestry of electronic pop songs that convey a sense of urgency, immediacy, and anxiety as never before seen in this songwriter.
“Kids are just like adults but 09383x cooler. Its basically like going over to your friends house but get to eat all the food over there and you are kind of like a slave but your master talks in a real adorable voice.”—My friend Krista describing what babysitting is to her.
So I have been creating an interactive gallery section of my website that I will be updating as a travel and photograph around America. You can check out my progress so far. The first images I have added are from my travels this summer. The four galleries are Grand Canyon, Salton Sea, Big Sur, and San Francisco. Enjoy!
Dude is sick. Plain and simple. Check out his future poptronic gem “BTSU” and have your mind blown. Jai Paul is going to be bugging your ears in the best way possible in the next few years, I can feel it.
My boys and girls over at Trekky Records just announced the latest details for the new release from Embarrassing Fruits, Frontier Justice. From what I’ve heard thus far in the video preview Trekky posted on their weblog it’s a change from their releases prior; a mixture of 90s (classic) indie rock and “aggressive pop.” Here’s what Trekky had to say:
In many ways, Frontier Justiceis the first fully realized album from the band. After a series of line-up changes, album delays and promising EPs, this will be the first timely artistic statement from a now permanent trio: Joe Norkus, Lee Shaw and John Neville. Bassist Lee Shaw has risen to become an equal creative force in the band, which was previously an outlet for only Joe Norkus’ catchy, textural rock songs. Shaw composed almost half of the songs on Frontier Justice, bringing his love for classic rock and aggressive pop into the deepening inventory of Fruits’ strengths as rock songwriters. Both Norkus and Shaw expound upon the frustrations and joys of navigating the nebulous world of late 20s life in the over saturated, vanishing frontier of America.
The album is too be released this summer on 21 September on Trekky’s signature 3-part “everything you could ever need” package deal (vinyl+cd+mp3). Check out Long Distance Breakup Summer from Embarrassing Fruits’ Frontier Justice from Trekky Records, now.