Monday, May 08, 2006

Current top 10, in no particular order...

10. Rose Wind for magically replacing the pair of Gucci sunglasses I lost in New York
9. Machi Abe's Illustrations for The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
8. Ben & Jerry's Jamaican Me Crazy chunky pineapple and passionfruit swirl sorbet
7. "All Wrapped Up" gift wrap of the 1960s coffee table book
6. This semester being over as of TODAY
5. Having purchased tickets for the Pitchfork Music Festival
4. The Emilio Pucci scarf I found on the sidewalk
3. Riding the '74 Schwinn Breeze for the past few days
2. hundreds of free fonts
1. The dollar store game

Fly Pan Am are probably the most ambiguous band on the Costellation Records roster. No two albums sound even remotely the same, covering every outre genre from no wave single chord riff marathons to tape manipulation, stuttering dry white funk to musique concrete, electronic malfunctions to surf rock freak-outs, and breathy femme fatale pop to aneurysm inducing high volume minimalism. Ceux qui inventent n'ont jamais vecu is their sophomore release, and my personal fave. Accessible only in comparison to their other more obtuse offerings, imagine a summery pop funk record as reinterpreted by a sociopath then deconstructed and stored on a faulty hard drive, and then transfer the corrupted files onto a melted wax cylinder and you're starting to get the idea.

Since Fly Pan Am are on an extended vacation, guitarist Jonathan Parant needed something to do to break the tedium of Montreal living, so he locked himself in a room with Alex St-Onge of Shalabi Effect and recorded the Feu Therese self titled debut, which, somehow, happens to be the most amazing long lost krautrock album never recorded. Manicly pumping organs and crystalline guitar shimmers over an unstoppable and ever shifting rythmn section that seems to be building large wood, stone and steel boxes at the end of a dark hallway. This one burns like the sun.


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