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Old 01-07-2011, 08:15 AM   #16
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Ha, I just watched that video on Pitchfork a minute or two ago. The first few minutes crack me up.

The album cover is awesome, by the way.

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Old 01-10-2011, 09:03 AM   #17
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OMG don't jump!!!1!!!






i'll give it another shot. i might have been in a crappy mood or something. me? a crappy mood? no, that never happens. just like i am never sarcastic. ever. it can't be all bad if mofo likes it. right? RIGHT???????
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:21 PM   #18
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This was a great recommendation, LM. I heard a stream of it today and was quite pleased with it. I definitely hear the jazz influences, but I would not equate them with Kenny G...more like 80s Miles Davis.

My only complaint really is that the album's title is not at all representative of the sound, as the album is very smooth and layered. But that's a very minor complaint.
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Old 01-20-2011, 07:57 PM   #19
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I'm very excited about Destroyer heading out on tour. I saw Dan with a full band opening for TNP during the Twin Cinema tour, and I thought he was great. I won't be missing this. Click the "tour" heading for dates.

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Old 01-21-2011, 08:14 AM   #20
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I preordered this yesterday.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:43 PM   #21
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Awesome review on Pitchyforky today.

My copy is on the way. I would be thrilled if it arrived tonight. Please let it happen, Amazon.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #22
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Merge got me mine today. It sounds wonderful after one listen, even as quite the departure sonically.

As if I didn't have enough reason to love Dan Bejar, here's the lady who's singing backup on the album.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:05 PM   #23
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Mine showed up tonight at like 8:30pm. Amazon ships to me with a service called Ontrac sometimes, and they make the most ridiculous timed deliveries like that. Haven't had a chance to listen yet. Might not until tomorrow, we'll see.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:33 PM   #24
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I don't think there's a bad song on the album, it was a crazily good first listen. Surprised how all over the place the reception to it has been review wise. Sure, it's a departure, but an incredibly well done departure. If anything, I may end up liking it more overall than any of his other full albums.
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Old 01-25-2011, 05:01 PM   #25
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I have thoroughly enjoyed this album thus far, and my ad hoc placement of "Archer on the Beach" at the end of the album makes for a brilliant conclusion.

It's strange to think that two of my eventual favorite albums of the year may have been released on the same day - Kiss Each Other Clean being the other.
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agreed with LemonMelon. this album is fantastic.
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acquiring now... I promise to buy the LP if I like it
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I'm going to edit this post in a second once the album finishes, but can I just say how glad I was that he did finish up " It don't mean a thing. It never means a thing. It don't mean a thing. It never means a thing." with "It's got that swing," in Bay of Pigs. That brought a smile to my face.

Edit: Yeah, so anyways, holy shit this album is great. I'm really bummed that I'm so tired right now because 1) I had a hard time staying awake through it and 2) I actually just want to listen to it again right now, might even go ahead and just start it up and fall asleep listening.

This is one of the best night albums I've heard in a long time. I loved the instrumentation the music, the vocals. It was just all-around wonderful to listen to. "Suicide Demo For Kara Walker" just blew me away, good as "Chinatown" may be, that was the clear-cut best to me. Though there really isn't a bad song on this album.

Ever since I saw the Pornos last year, I've been wanting to hear Destroyer's music, because Bejar was definitely my favorite part of their gig. I hope to hear more of their albums after this, and I really hope to enjoy them as much as I did this.

Wow...just wow. Sorry, I'm really tired so I'm being super hyperbolic. Ok, done
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #29
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Kaputt is getting good press too:

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15034-kaputt/ (8.8/10)
Destroyer: Kaputt | Music Review | Slant Magazine (4/5)
Destroyer - Kaputt | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes (5/5)
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Old 01-26-2011, 06:32 PM   #30
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This review is so awesome, I'm going to post the last paragraph here:

To me, though, it all comes down to the specific musical vibes of the 1980s, and Bejar (who was born in 1972) turns to this decade not on a whim, but as a genuinely personal form of expression. I recently downloaded a copy of Echo and the Bunnymen’s Songs to Learn and Sing, and after revisiting tracks such as “A Promise ” and “The Cutter,” I found myself wondering just what kind of effect this music must have had on kids, like Bejar and me, who grew up on it. It’s all so overwhelmingly earnest about its own humanity and yet so spazzy and superficial; the experience was beautiful, sad, annoying, and unbearable. Bejar taps this very mode when, on “Poor in Love,” he sings, “Why does everybody sing alone/ When we built this city on ruins?” That brutal sentiment, layered with just a very slight irony (and a little bit of Starship), seemed to become possible only in the music of the early 1980s (there’s nothing quite like it in punk or glam or rock or soul), and it beautifully captures all the dumb and easy hope of that silly decade. In this, Kaputt is a rare work of historical interpretation and pop artistry, full of beauty and wonder. It tops Streethawk: A Seduction as my favorite Destroyer album, and, even this early in the game, I know it will be a contender for my favorite album of the year. It doesn’t matter whether it reflects your tastes or not. It’s not about you. It’s not something to use, but, rather, something to think about, with your mind and your soul — and maybe you’ll even dance a little.

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