Alex Thomas Hanson
This is the record of the year :)
Goddamn. You look at those dudes, and then you listen to those dudes, and then you realize that they were the coolest motherfuckaz ever.
Uh…yeah. What the fuck?
I don’t really think he’s “jumping the shark”. The past Christmas records have all had little rambling 1-take tunes like this. Maybe the song doesn’t warrant a post, but it’s another listen from a goofyfun set of new songs.
I was right next to the person filming this, just behind the pit. It was an incredible show, I couldn’t have handpicked two artists I’d rather see collaborate. Really cool to see them perform on each other’s material with all that brass. Aaaaaand they had a theremin battle during Northern Lights.
That’s *A-Hole* festival lineup right there.
A lot of this going on too in the record:
Headphones reveal a lot of really great details on this thing as well. I’ve probably given it 8 or so straight-through listens now, and as is the case with a lot of the Dirty Projectors material, a little familiarity goes a long way. I really like the looser production and the folkier elements mixed in with the fractured punkfunk shit they do so well. Not a perfect comparison, but I’m ready to declare the Dirty Pros a Talking Heads for the 21st Century.
I’m still waiting for the Drake-as-Obama film we were PROMISED.
Swing Lo Magellan is out there in the world now.