Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hump Day Chat: Purling Hiss, Breeders, Yo Gabba Gabba

Purling Hiss, spawned from the increasingly secular Philly music scene.
Cleveland Does Not Rock's Michael Anthony joins us today for a rambling conversation about
music, some of which has actual relevance.

Michael Anthony: This band Purling Hiss gets gooed for but it sounds like wimpy Dinosaur Jr. Who needs it? You heard it? Check it out here.

popzeus: Looked 'em up. Philly psych-rock. About to go on tour in Europe. Has a record out on Drag City. Produced by a dude from another Philly band, War On Drugs. It's not bad. Compared to most other awful shit.

Michael Anthony: It sounds like a bad late '90s Dino Jr. song. Decent but not the same.

popzeus: You were talking about how that scene has gotten douchey, and how they started shunning bands from out of town.

Michael Anthony: Something like that. What I heard was there are certain cliques and it's very insular. Like if you follow slacker indie rock you wouldn't play at or go to a venue that featured earnest folk bands. I guess it's kind of normal but what I heard is that it kind of shuts out people from reaching a broader audience other than their niche.

Thee Oh Sees: Never saw the goofy eyeglasses thing before.
popzeus: Yeah, why would you only be into one kind of music and nothing else? Seems kind of snobbish to me.

Michael Anthony: How about this band Thee Oh Sees? Cool psych rock I guess but no hooks. I feel like most "lower"-fi bands are just as bad as the early '00s dance rock and garage rock bands when it comes to "attitude" over substance.

popzeus: Or "clothes" over substance. Stuff like that, to me, isn't horrid, it's just so mediocre that I wish it sucked. On a whim, I'll grab a classic like The Breeders' "Last Splash" to cleanse my pallet and hear something inspired. You into that album?

Michael Anthony: Yea man, it's good.

Popzeus after Tuesday's 'Last Spash' listen.
popzeus: I was surprised at how good "Last Splash" is. Been a while since I gave it an honest listen.
If you just try and dig it for what it is instead of some monolith of alt-rock it's pretty rad.

Michael Anthony: Yea really good hooks I think. Interesting but not off-putting or inaccessible. Perfect balance, probably.

popzeus: It whacker her out. She was afraid to do anything else, probably because she thought she'd never be able to hit that mark again. It blows anything Frank Black ever did solo out of the water.

Michael Anthony: "Headache" though. That should be on AM radio.

popzeus: Yea. First three tracks on "Teenager of the Year." Wow.

Michael Anthony: His self-titled album is a little fey. "Abstract Plain" is tighty.

popzeus: Yeah. "Thalassocracy" too.

Michael Anthony: You ever see that super f*cked up tune about "Rainbows" on "Yo Gabba Gabba"? With that old guy?

popzeus: Yea we are actually watching that one right now.

Michael Anthony: Shit, so are we.

popzeus: "Rainbow Connection." That "Muppets" tune. That fuct Paul Williams guy.

Michael Anthony: Yea, that vid is fuct looking. Because of the old fuc.

popzeus: What part are you on? The sunshine song?

Michael Anthony: Lance doing the rain cloud. "Rainbow Connection" tune just ended. Do the rain cloud! Do the rain cloud! Work it!


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