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With trepidation, can I start a Foxygen discussion? Personally, I'm hearing them as a summation of ideas previously put out by Ween, Adventures In Stereo, Lilys, BJM (and then every band those guys were ripping off). I was annoyed at first by some of the more overt stuff (T. Rex especially) but am coming around to dealing with that. "On Blue Mountain" may be my favorite song of January, and I'm guessing it may be a 2013 top 10.

Secretly, they also remind me of Kim Fowley (who they've probably never hear of, though the lead singer hits Fowley poses over and over in the San Francisco video), though they do their ripping off much more seamlessly than he ever did, which may or may not be a good thing.

dlp9001, Saturday, 2 February 2013 03:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Funny, I kicked off the "Rolling Worst Songs of 2013" thread with these guys. Now that I've heard the whole album, I realize I could've taken my pick of just about any of them.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:24 (four years ago) Permalink

and that song was... "On Blue Mountain"! haha

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:25 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure this band sucks but it will take some time to confirm

call all destroyer, Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:31 (four years ago) Permalink

certain band names should be against the law

#guy #guy fieri #poop #hallway (zachlyon), Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:31 (four years ago) Permalink

instruments revoked, at least

#guy #guy fieri #poop #hallway (zachlyon), Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:32 (four years ago) Permalink

I wish they didn't, but they are growing on me.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 2 February 2013 04:46 (four years ago) Permalink

i haven't been able to wrap my head around this yet

ciderpress, Saturday, 2 February 2013 07:39 (four years ago) Permalink

What's so bad about them? I'm only just listening to clips on itunes now.

Evan, Saturday, 2 February 2013 20:29 (four years ago) Permalink

They sound like a cross between The Strokes and The Monkees.

Prisoner: Cell Block J/K (snoball), Saturday, 2 February 2013 20:39 (four years ago) Permalink

never heard of them but that is a pretty good bandname

akm, Saturday, 2 February 2013 21:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Wonder why it is that bands that get compared to Lilys never sound like Lilys? I want more bands like Lilys

MaresNest, Sunday, 3 February 2013 01:08 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^^^

the beers for lunch (electricsound), Sunday, 3 February 2013 01:09 (four years ago) Permalink

Here's one, though not the brand of Lilys we are talking about in the Foxygen thread most likely:

http://jvdiscography.bandcamp.com/album/she-sir-who-cant-say-yes

Evan, Sunday, 3 February 2013 05:28 (four years ago) Permalink

twee kinks

brio, Monday, 4 February 2013 17:26 (four years ago) Permalink

twee stones

NOT!

g simmel, Monday, 4 February 2013 17:48 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

for me, this is the most confounding album of 2013 so far. i can't quite commit to liking it or, y'know, not liking it.

i definitely like it less as it goes along. the final third or so has some winky ironic bullshit on it that always leaves a bad taste in my ears. but the easygoing jams in the first half are alright.

the fact that i am hesitating to put it on my running list of good stuff for 2013 probably means i should stop trying with it.

alpine static, Thursday, 7 March 2013 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

A seriously great record. I listen to it tons.

chromecassettes, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Blows.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes. We know how you feel about it. It's cool. You're wrong.

chromecassettes, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:29 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

well i ended up liking this record after my initial violently negative reaction. music is weird.

ciderpress, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:17 (four years ago) Permalink

I really, really do not like this band or this album, I'm afraid.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Wednesday, 29 May 2013 18:20 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'm not against people having their influences, but the chorus to 'On Blue Mountain' is too close to 'Suspicious Minds' for comfort... and then the way it blatantly goes into that 6/8 section... JUST LIKE 'SUSPICIOUS MINDS' does!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 20 June 2013 20:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I mean, as far as I can tell pretty much every melodic line on the album is lifted from some not-too-obscure source, usually pretty directly. It bugged me at first, but I stopped caring after a while.

dlp9001, Thursday, 20 June 2013 23:40 (four years ago) Permalink

Doesn't bother me at all. Just like it didn't with Brian Jonestown Massacre or Pavement or Led Zeppelin or probably a hundred other bands I've enjoyed at some point.

Still love the record.

chromecassettes, Thursday, 20 June 2013 23:54 (four years ago) Permalink

The Quietus hated this record so much but the one song I heard I thought was okay really. It was like a mishmash of lots of sixties songs but I was getting a sort of early st etienne vibe off it and it didn't sound as derivative as the descriptions I'd read, at least no more than any band who might be influenced by, say, 80s new wave or seventies hard rock or whatever.

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Friday, 21 June 2013 00:49 (four years ago) Permalink

"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." - Barack Obama

Treeship, Friday, 21 June 2013 01:21 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Wow, some of the descriptions of this record here make it sound kind of awful but after actually listening to it I am really liking a lot of it. No Destruction has a nice blonde on blonde/vu thing going and sounds like what I always wanted bjm or maybe beachwood sparks to sound like

dell (del), Sunday, 13 October 2013 00:44 (four years ago) Permalink

It's incredible how fast this has come from being one of my top ten of 2013 to one becoming one of my all-time favorite records. Killer.

chromecassettes, Sunday, 13 October 2013 02:22 (four years ago) Permalink

i like "san francisco" a lot.

Treeship, Sunday, 13 October 2013 03:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the little "that's okay..." response backing vocals really make that song afaiac

dell (del), Sunday, 13 October 2013 03:42 (four years ago) Permalink

the switch from "that's okay i was bored anyway" to "that's okay i was born in LA" gives me chills even though i am a lifelong east coaster. great lyrics.

Treeship, Sunday, 13 October 2013 03:47 (four years ago) Permalink

also want to put in a word for "make it known." i think the sort of jerky, start-stop quality is a thing this song shares with lots of things from the 60s that many other "retro" sounding contemporary bands don't usually have so much.

Treeship, Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:50 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

this time a Rundgren rip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqW7EfA3VWE
love it!

chromecassettes, Monday, 11 August 2014 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink

New single, How Can You Really, is great. Love the 70s horns

Treeship, Friday, 22 August 2014 14:17 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Dylan ripped, again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3yTsz90FvU

chromecassettes, Thursday, 11 September 2014 11:41 (three years ago) Permalink

haha these guys aren't subtle about it are they?

Eyeball Kicks, Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:00 (three years ago) Permalink

is it supposed to be a clever, recontextualizing of Lowlands or is it just a ripoff?

niels, Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:21 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I have a sick admiration for these guys, considering they seemed poised for implosion like six months ago and instead released a thoroughly ridiculous 85-minute sophomore album that's...actually pretty listenable?

Simon H., Saturday, 18 October 2014 20:37 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I enjoy these guys but man they seem to put a huge amount of effort into sounding super-sloppy, it's uncanny. there's a slapdash haze to everything.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Never cared for Foxygen's studio stuff and I think the Dylan ripoff is just lame (if it's meant to be funny I don't find it funny) BUT just saw them live this weekend and what a great show they put on! Totally won me over.

Think they we're nine people on the stage, three chorus girls all 60s dressed up, lead singer constantly jumping around kicking into the air, falling down. All theater. They did a mock start of "Let It Be" as an encore stopping after 5 seconds, found it hilarious. They also had fake arguments and at one point for some reason the rhythm guitarist was holding a hand of cards and lead singer was kind of telling him off like, "dude we talked abt this you can't play cards on stage". I dunno, was really drunk but surely enjoyed myself.

niels, Monday, 18 May 2015 08:45 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new record is again.... very different. more rundgren, more musical theatre - https://open.spotify.com/album/2gLCtAv2b62c5pvgxQhjjM

co-sign on the very funny live shows. last time i saw them they did a fake breakup half way through the show, then played the big single off the last album over the PA while nobody was on stage, and then came back on and played a really bad beatles cover. good times.

jamiesummerz, Monday, 23 January 2017 14:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

"How Can You Really" is one of my favorite songs of the decade--might be #1. Finally caught up with Hang. I think it's supposed to be a Bowie tribute, I don't know. It sounds more like Rocky Horror Picture Show outtakes. What a monstrosity.

clemenza, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Clemenza otm in both statements above. Part of me hope Hang is so bad on purpose. Otherwise....

kwhitehead, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:54 (two months ago) Permalink

These guys are still going!?

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 07:06 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Dig the few songs I've heard from these guys. Will investigate further

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 August 2017 20:49 (two months ago) Permalink

"we are the 21st century ambassadors of peace & magic" is one of my fav indie records of the decade now, weirdly. the others are okay to bad, their spell only works for so long before you're listening to a pumpkin

ciderpress, Friday, 11 August 2017 21:09 (two months ago) Permalink


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