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Sunday, March 08, 2009

night control

So it turns out that following Shaq isn't the only thing Twitter is good for after all, as this guy sent me the heads up on Rosemead, CA's Christopher Curtis Smith, aka Night Control. While his first official full-length immediately recalls the woozy, disorienting lo-fi AM pop of intermittent geniuses Ariel Pink and John Maus, I feel like repeat listens reveal something a little more consistently affecting and heartfelt.

night control :: star 131

Night Control's kind of revelatory debut LP, Death Control, was pieced together from the best of Christopher Curtis Smith's home recordings by his friends at Kill Shaman records. Buy it here.



The Mayfair Set's debut 7" single is now available via Captured Tracks' myspace page.

the mayfair set :: desert fun


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

pitchfork gave this Mayfair song a 7 and something called JAPANDROIDZ a 9. track review re-launch FAIL.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Ernest said...

The only thing that a pitchfork rating indicates is how well a release fulfills its hype.

A good score means the album was well-hyped ( i.e. publicists have been paid for, the right new york crowd is curious, and a few blogs have made mysterious posts ) and the music exceeds the hyped expectations. A bad rating means the music does not meet the hype.

Hype is requisite for any album to reviewed there.

Therefore, it seems pitchfork ratings have much less to do with music than other factors. It's almost like a rating of an album's potential within the "music industry." A burgeoning industry where pitchfork, unsurprisingly, reigns.

They are now the center of a mini-industry -- advertisements, promotions, money, and all the perks that accompany being perceived as arbiters of good taste.

Not that this is news. But it seems that Anonymous here is surprised by the scores, as if the scores indicate anything at all about the actual music. A hype indicator, pure and simple. For people who like their culture neatly disseminated and easy to digest. It's like the smart people's reaction to the dumbing down of America. And yet, it itself is a dumbing down.

Down with Pitchfork, plain and simple. Seek alternatives... and for Gad's sake, don't pay heed to those ridiculous ratings.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only thing Rosemead, CA has is Bahooka ...

12:04 PM  
Blogger benjamin said...

i've got to admit that i would give that desert fun song a 7 too, it's probably my least favorite of the mayfair set myspace tracks. almost warm, though- that one's great! the other tracks are even better!

4:37 PM  
Anonymous ruan said...

this may sound weird but 'desert fun' kinda sounds like the magnetic fields to me.

6:59 PM  
Anonymous toby said...

That Night Control disk is sublime...very similar to the Kurt Vile stuff.

12:35 AM  

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