If you're a hipster, you'll surely be in line at your local independent record dealer on Tuesday to buy a copy of Grizzly Bear's new album, Veckatimest, probably on vinyl. Let's take a look at some advance reviews.
Newsweek calls the album a "must-listen new album of experimental folk suites."
Chip: "The use of 'suites' is meant to equate the work with classical music, thereby convincing us of Grizzly Bear's 'importance.' But it doesn't work for me, since I think classical music is even more terrible than folk music."
The New Yorker's Sasha Frere-Jones writes: "Like Sonic Youth’s “Sister” and Radiohead’s “Amnesiac,” “Veckatimest” captures a band in full, collaborative density."
Richard: "Only the most pompous of hipsters prefer those albums. The rest of us know that Sonic Youth's 'Daydream Nation' and Radiohead's 'OK Computer' represent those bands at their peak."
Jones goes on to call Veckatimist's first single, "Two Weeks," "a big fat ice-cream cone of a song.
Chip: "Now that does sound delicious, I have to admit."
But what really matters, of course, is Pitchfork, and although they've yet to review the album as a whole, their track review section gives a rare 10/10 to the song "While You Wait for the Others, calling it "a premium hybrid of verse-chorus linearity and...arms-up, loosely bundled drum tumbles and starburst harmonies...".
Chip: "Just because it's got the verses and choruses in the right order doesn't necessarily mean it's great."
You can hear the song here:
See you at Love Garden on Tuesday!
Despite it's best ever seed (fifth) in the Big 12 Tournament, KU baseball emerged winless, dropping three games in a row. Does this mean they've actually sucked all along? Third baseman Tony Thompson still insists that the team "can play with any team in the country, and this weekend's not going to make that any different." (LJ-World).
Chip: "Sure, they can play with any team in the country. They just can't win, which is really the most important part."