Dirty Projectors

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yeah

how is being conscious of your sound a bad thing?

talk about cockism

vadx, Friday, 5 October 2007 19:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i'd take overly composed music over another sloppy jam band anyday.

bell_labs, Friday, 5 October 2007 19:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

I don't necessarily mean it's over-composed

Hurting 2, Friday, 5 October 2007 19:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

I know.

Really though, I think the "look at me!" with acts like this is more in the listener who's threatened by like the flamboyant content or something.

I mean wouldn't saying a rapper gave off the vibe "lok at me, I'm an eclectic self-expressive genius" usually be a compliment?

vadx, Friday, 5 October 2007 20:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

i listened to some of this. i didn't even get the black flag thing at all. sometimes stuff like this seems like it was written with a press release first, just to bait rock writers, then do the album after it.

M@tt He1ges0n, Friday, 5 October 2007 20:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

there's also the possibility that people WANT to make music that sounds different

not that this is the differentest band ever... but compared to a good deal of indie rock they are

vadx, Friday, 5 October 2007 22:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

i really like this band, but lately the lyrics really bug me. not even his weird singing voice, just the lyrics themselves. the rest of it is so meticulous and then that part is just kind of phoned in...

wait the black flag part of the lyrics ?

tramp steamer, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

uhh what? not all of their songs are black flag covers...i haven't even listened to the one that is

bell_labs, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

err the one album that is. i was mostly talking about getty address and the glad fact.

bell_labs, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

When I saw them live I kept thinking "Jesus, shut that guy up and let the girls sing." Then I got a promo of the album (whatever one was before the Black Flag thing) and kept thinking, "Oh, you precious fuck, shut the hell up and let the girls sing."

I eat cannibals, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh, and to answer the years-old question: No, the reason that no one wrote about this is not because it was too complicated. It was because if you like complicated music, this is disappointing and if you like poppy music, this is annoying. It hits the same dilettante weirdness level as Animal Collective.

I eat cannibals, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'm kind of afraid to listen to the black flag covers.

bell_labs, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 00:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

<i>i'm kind of afraid to listen to the black flag covers.</i>

You should be...it's awful stuff.

kwhitehead, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 01:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

I mean wouldn't saying a rapper gave off the vibe "lok at me, I'm an eclectic self-expressive genius" usually be a compliment?

-- vadx, Friday, October 5, 2007 4:06 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark Link

NO

Hurting 2, Tuesday, 9 October 2007 02:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

C'mon, ILM! No love for Rise Above? This is a kick-ass record.

call all destroyer, Friday, 7 December 2007 18:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I played Six Pack on my radio show about a month ago.
Really cool.

Trip Maker, Friday, 7 December 2007 18:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

i'm revisiting this now (it's getting a whole lot of love around montreal, randomly) and i've decided it's great. more the beginning than the end, though, i think.

sean gramophone, Friday, 18 January 2008 22:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Rise Above" is the best thing on it.

Simon H., Friday, 18 January 2008 22:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

i too had my misgivings about this band but the absolutely killed it last night in portland. fuck. like why do i even try to make music?? one of those shows ...

interesting fact: apparently ezra koenig of vampire weekend was a dirty projector between 2002-05. the fuck?~!?

uptown churl, Thursday, 17 April 2008 23:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I read this http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=6538 article in the newspaper. I didn't know until just now that Dirty Projectors were supposed to be fake afropop. I thought they were supposed to be Don Caballero with sick lyrics and harmonies over it.

Has the singer guy from Dirty Projectors ever said himself that he is ripping off black people, or is it just a music journalist overlay? I always thought their sound was just math rock. (Or is it that math rock is ripping off black people??)

Please clarify, thanks.

freewheel, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 00:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

he does use some afro-pop guitar work on his records, guitar picking techniques and such, but it's not like it's anything new in rock to do this.

Has the singer guy from Dirty Projectors ever said himself that he is ripping off black people

haha, no, i don't think so

oscar, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 01:01 (6 years ago) Permalink

also this :

Vampire Weekend; Arctic Monkeys of 2008?

for an indepth discussion that would prove interesting to you, if you take issue with that article

oscar, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 01:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

Has the singer guy from Dirty Projectors ever said himself that he is ripping off black people, or is it just a music journalist overlay? I always thought their sound was just math rock. (Or is it that math rock is ripping off black people??)

All I know of Dirty Projectors is whatever the ~hour long animated thing on pitchfork.tv is (which is pretty consistently great, actually) and a live show I caught in Ithaca a few months back. Neither one of those sounded remotely like what you're describing.

Z S, Tuesday, 17 June 2008 01:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

Seeing them live just solidified how fucking great they are for me.. They did mostly 'Rise Above' stuff and it all sounded stunning...the amazing harmonies, the gobsmacking guitar work...it just sounded effortless and brilliant.

I get the feeling they've yet to do their best stuff though. And folks who lump 'em in with Vampire Weekend are just wrong, if anyone actually does who has heard them both.

Mister Craig, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 07:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

There's some sproingy guitar that suggests they've listened to a few afropop records, but to lump them in with a movement like that is selling them way short--they are playing with the full musical deck and have been for a few albums now.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 15:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

How is Dirty Projectors anything like Vampire Weekend? I mean, they're both indie Ivy League bands in New York City, but Dirty Projectors is somewhere in the "weirdy beardy" brand whereas Vampire Weekend's more like MTV pop.

burt_stanton, Wednesday, 18 June 2008 15:27 (6 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I've had Rise Above for a few months. "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" is very good and the title track is nice, but the rest doesn't do much to tickle my giblets. Is any of their other stuff worth getting?

Freedom, Thursday, 30 October 2008 18:15 (6 years ago) Permalink

I love the way this guy wails. im not too keen on how some of 'The Getty Address' sounds. I find the plonker percussion really grating, but the arrangements are mostly great. 'New Attitude' is my pick. The track 'Fucked For Life' is incredible. You get a sense that with such a strong voice, and the ability to find those snatches of awesome melodic counterparts that there is an ability to just not be so damn difficult with the songs, but i adore how it just is.

siskin/skulls, Thursday, 30 October 2008 21:02 (6 years ago) Permalink

Slaves' Graves and Ballads!

BusDriverStu (Bus Driver Stu), Friday, 31 October 2008 08:31 (6 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

new album has leaked and is pretty amazing

congratulations (n/a), Friday, 10 April 2009 11:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

That Phoenix compilation with the Rise Above cover (while I was in the middle of rediscovering Damaged) made me curious enough to want to hear this. The Getty Address was pretty great imo.

Plaxico (I know, right?), Friday, 10 April 2009 11:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

I've had "Stillness is the Move" on repeat since yesterday

Number None, Friday, 10 April 2009 11:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

new one is pretty pretty good. very schizophrenic.

cutty, Friday, 10 April 2009 12:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

new album has leaked and is pretty amazing

― congratulations (n/a), Friday, April 10, 2009 6:23 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark

the sultan of ban (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 14 April 2009 07:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

love this. "no intention" and "two doves" are each magnificent

europeen handball (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 04:07 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's like if matthew friedberger wrote vampire weekend an album

the sultan of ban (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 04:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

i just realized that it reminds me most menomena, but much better

the sultan of ban (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 09:00 (5 years ago) Permalink

i really can't tell if those descriptions should make me excited or not

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:37 (5 years ago) Permalink

i hate all the bands j0rdan mentioned but i like this album

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:41 (5 years ago) Permalink

not saying those aren't appropriate sonic comparisons, just saying that not liking those dudes isn't a guarantee you won't be into this

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

this music is insane

cutty, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 13:57 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's like if matthew friedberger wrote vampire weekend an album

― the sultan of ban (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:33 AM (9 hours ago)

i've never really gotten the parallels people draw between VW and dirty projectors, even after learning that koenig was a dirty projector for a few years. some of the vocal inflections he and longstreth do are similar, maybe

europeen handball (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

i can hear it in the guitars a little bit

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

did not know that is v. surprising

Plaxico (I know, right?), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

funny, i've just been getting around to rise above. does the new stuff have all kinds of crazy-ass tempo changes?

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

here and there, i guess, but that's not really what i took from it

europeen handball (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:38 (5 years ago) Permalink

yes it does

cutty, Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:39 (5 years ago) Permalink

sweet

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:42 (5 years ago) Permalink

I wish the album were longer. It was great, then Flourescent Half-Dome made my head explode, then it was over.

Tourtiere (Owen Pallett), Wednesday, 15 April 2009 14:50 (5 years ago) Permalink

it's very bond theme. i like it but i feel like his singing maybe clicks better with the songs when it's sorta tight & frantic like the last rec.

john-claude van donne (schlump), Thursday, 5 April 2012 10:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

I been thinking for three years that I hate this band. Tonight it shows, I really don't. They remind me a bit of Grizzly Bear, if the latter were any good. Plus, I like the girls.

Mule, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

title track on the new one is very dylanish

buh, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 23:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

For sure--that track and "Impregnable Question" have a real New Morning feel to them.

Groove is in the shart (Craig D.), Wednesday, 4 July 2012 23:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Liking this a lot, moreso than their others.

Simon H., Thursday, 5 July 2012 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

New Morning, eh? Have not really been too into what I've heard of this band, but that certainly intrigues me!

tylerw, Thursday, 5 July 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

I've been hearing across the board that the new one is way way way better than anything else they've done. This is a band that I should love on paper but who in practice drive me way up the fucking wall so I'm cautiously intrigued.

I see you, Pineapple Teef (DJP), Thursday, 5 July 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah mainly when i've listened to 'em i've thought "i get why people like this band but I DO NOT LIKE THIS BAND!" but i'll check the new one!

tylerw, Thursday, 5 July 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you didn't like their old stuff you probably won't like this one either.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 5 July 2012 21:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think there are two dirty projectors threads going? i said on the other one that the new one is more stripped down instrumentally and song structure-wise but it's still the same dude singing and writing songs so it's not like way different.

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 5 July 2012 21:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

the other thread is a lot more stripped down structure-wise but it's still the same dudes writing posts

40oz of tears (Jordan), Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

x-post - ha ha

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

if you didn't like their old stuff you probably won't like this one either.

― congratulations (n/a), Thursday, July 5, 2012 5:54 PM (21 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i never liked anything by them before, but like swing lo

mizzell, Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

BULLSHIT

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's true, i should go back and listen to the other albums, but they never appealed to me before. i also like the new grizzly bear single and never liked anything by them previously.

totally hear dylan/ mccartney moves, too

mizzell, Thursday, 5 July 2012 22:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

Is the new album streaming anywhere?

heaven needed someone who rhymed with 'poop' (loves laboured breathing), Friday, 6 July 2012 05:31 (2 years ago) Permalink


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