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Take it easy on him. I’m honestly worried what he might do once it really sinks in how legit all these Axl Rose comparisons are.
The absence of everybody but Avey Tare from the video speaks volumes about why this song is so…you know. My friend’s yipping, spazzy, hilarious impression is becoming eerily difficult to separate from the genuine article.
I kind of agree with the guy who got so many thumbs down that his comment is invisible.
I loved everything from “Getty Address” through “Bitte Orca,” but I’m definitely not feeling this as much. I thought the drum part was plodding. I realize that the chord progression is just as sophisticated as anything he’s done in the past, but instead of playing them on guitar all herky-jerky like we’re used to (which I think is great), he told the girls to sing them. Dave Longstreth is talented enough that what they achieved here is exactly what he intended to, and cheers to artistic change and growth. I’m just not going to pretend its my favorite sound for them. I for one think their past takes on weird pop music were more compelling, and hope that the rest of the album isn’t in the same musical vein as the first single.
Also, I’m pretty sure the press release is tongue in cheek, at least in its over the top, philosophy term paper jargon.
Good point. So Beach House’s claims of plagiarism should reasonably be bolstered by the fact that the ad agency that produced this spot had been courting them for weeks in an ultimately futile effort to secure the rights to “Take Care.” That’s where this gets to be crystal clear.
I recall reading a section on Yo La Tengo’s website a few years back, when I first got in to them (around the time “Summer Sun” was released). I just found it again, and thankfully all the mp3s are still up. Not the exact same situation, but in short a British cellular provider offered them money to use “Tears Are In Your Eyes” in an ad (a song that, if you don’t mind me saying, dials in the same vibe that Beach House specializes in these days). The band refused, but offered to compose a piece of original music instead. The company refused, and the band offered to do a different mix of the song, removing some of the vocals and rearranging a few things. The company paid them a little to produce it, but ultimately refused it. Later, the band was in the UK, and while seeing a movie at the theater, saw a cell-phone commercial using soundalike music. Ira Kaplan makes some pretty great comparisons to Bill Murray in “Lost In Translation” — worth a read if you ask me ( http://www.yolatengo.com/sellout/index.html )
What we need is a class action lawsuit — “Originality vs. The Man”