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Destroyer?

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Postby Antero on Wed Feb 01, 2006 6:07 am

Not Crap.

I like Your Blues, also. It takes a bit of growing time - mostly because of the layers of cheap synths, i suppose - but the quality is there.
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Postby Andrew L. on Fri Mar 24, 2006 10:28 pm

I found a Destroyer drinking game on the internets.

Take a drink whenever there is:

* Mention of a previous album or song title;
* Recycling or referring to lyrics of another Destroyer song; drink twice if it's a song on the same album; also drink twice if they're from pre-official releases We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge or Ideas for Songs;
* Reference to or appropriation of lyrics from a song by someone else;
* Mention of another band or musician;
* Mention of Destroyer/destroy/destruction - drink twice;
* Reference to music in general;
* Reference to/attack on the music scene or music industry;
* "Meta" lyrics that refer to the song in progress or elements thereof - drink twice;
* Swearing;
* Mention of geographical location - drink twice for mentions of Vancouver, the West Coast, or particular places there;
* Section of song consisting of "la la la" or "la-da-dee-da" etc. (warning: applies to all but four songs on this album)
* Guitar solo that mirrors la-la-la's;
* Mention of a season or month of the year;
* Mention of a specific year or century;
* Line in the imperative form, giving advice or an order - drink twice for advice or order that is cryptically figurative, like "don't ride the silver rocket";
* Line that reverses, contradicts or severely qualifies previous line;
* Character(s) in song quoted (eg. "She tasted of the Christmas wines and said, 'So many things have run through me...' ") - drink twice if the character is specified to be singing the quotation;
* Invocation of a cliche or idiom, however dismantled;
* Use of a woman's name;
* Character assassination - drink twice if of a woman;
* Characterization (hostile or not) of men/boys or women/girls in general;
* Conspicuously long pause (line break?) in the middle of a phrase;
* Falsetto or attempted falsetto;
* Sudden crescendo and/or acceleration;
* Use of archaic or ostentatiously formal or foreign-language term;
* Direct address to an audience by name or collective noun eg. "kids..." or "Contessa..." ("you" doesn't count);
* Reference to visual art or artist(s);
* Literary reference or mention of reading;
* General statement about art/aesthetics;
* Reference to family relationship, eg. brother, mother, husband, bride - drink twice for "sister," or for any plural family reference, eg. "fathers", or for incestuous overtones;
* Reference to United States or Americanness;
* Medieval or swords-and-sorcery-style reference;
* Reference to royalty or feudal hierarchy - drink twice for reference to disillusionment with royalty;
* Reference to legal or political system;
* Reference to religion;
* Reference to a small group or secret society;
* Reference to conspiracy or corruption;
* Reference to honesty (or lack thereof);
* Reference to freedom or imprisonment;
* Reference to drinking;
* Reference to insanity;
* Reference to death or murder;
* Reference to the way a woman moves;
* Reference to bells;
* Reference to the sea or matters nautical;
* Reference to a garden or the woods;
* Reference to the weather, meteorological phenomena, sun or snow;
* Reference to fire or other disaster - drink twice for apocalyptic reference;
* Sudden shift into unexpectedly sweet, tender tone, musically or rhetorically.



I will pass on this Destroyer drinking game.
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Postby sleepkid on Wed Oct 18, 2006 2:06 am

Not Crap.

Both This Night and Streethawk are great. I'd have to pick the latter over the former by just a bit though.

Your Blues is good as well, and the few songs I've heard off of Rubies are good as well. I also have City of Daughters which doesn't come off as well as the other albums at first listen, but gets better after a while.

He's not going to have universal appeal, but I think Bejar is an excellent songwriter.

My only gripe with Destroyer is that MISRA only pressed 400 copies of Streethawk on vinyl. 400 copies? What's up with that number? Hopefully Scratch will reissue it later.
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Postby madmanmunt on Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:58 pm

Only just listened to this guy's records.

Seemingly-glam rock obsessed, west coast beardy guy who can't quite fit all his lyrics into his songs.

My first thought was: I can't tell if he is taking the piss or not.

Then I realised that about half of his songs are grade A gorgeous pop music.

I do like Your Blues as well, even if my dentist might not approve.

Yet another nail in the coffin for my testosterone level. Good thing I saw the Melvins a couple of weeks ago...
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Postby slowriot on Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:11 pm

stated the same thing a year or more later. whoops!
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Postby caix on Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:05 pm

Isn't that dude a leprechaun? He sure sounds like one.
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Postby Benny on Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:34 am

Not Crap and bumped. 2 years and the guy released "Rubies" that is a brilliant album, and a new one is coming out, "Troubles in Dreams", that is also very very good.
I like how at the start he sounded so similar to early 70's bowie but now it sounds to me just like himself.
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Postby DNA Concept on Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:47 am

Solo he does very little for me. I don't find his arrangements compelling at all.

However the EP with Frog Eyes, documenting the lineup that he took on the road playing material from Your Blues, is fucking awesome. A great rickety, noisy howl. I didn't appreciate Destroyer's songwriting at all until I heard this. If you can get Frog Eyes to send up that kind of sound while playing your songs, why bother doing tinny little bloop waah synthesizer arrangements?

Looking forward to the new Swan Lake. If recent experience is any guide, anyone who has ever lived in Victoria and played music will eventually move to my immediate neighbourhood and start three bands.
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Postby Ike on Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:39 am

One of the great ones. Win's a "golden circle" award for "Rubies"--he can (almost) do no wrong by me, and I FRET over his albums.

But Hello, Blue Roses is fucking abyssmal.

Cannot wait for the new Destroyer record.

In fact, this year in general will bring some records that should be great.

New Year, Destroyer, Thalia Zedek.

Okay then
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Postby mattw on Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:04 am

The new Destroyer album, Trouble In Dreams, is awesome! It's my favorite of his so far. Went easy on synths, heavy on the rock and swearing. It's so funny to hear him swear. He sounds like a pissed-off faun.
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Postby Andrew. on Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:53 pm

mattw wrote:The new Destroyer album, Trouble In Dreams, is awesome! It's my favorite of his so far. Went easy on synths, heavy on the rock and swearing. It's so funny to hear him swear. He sounds like a pissed-off faun.


I'm excited to get my hands on this.
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Postby slowriot on Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:16 am

every destroyer song i've heard over the course of his last three or four albums sounds like an interpretation of steven sondheim's "into the woods" with a great-big-dandy-fop of a narrator.

i can't get into it. i've tried. it's crap.
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Postby fancyjamtime on Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:14 am

I've never considered dude to sound fey. As has been said, he's got a Bowie thing going on mostly. I prefer him to Newman in the New Pornographers, whose lisp gets on my nerves after awhile. Bejar's songwriting is wonderful.
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Postby Haydon on Fri Mar 21, 2008 7:52 am

i like him.

there is a group he is in called "swan lake". Bejar and some dudes from other bands. i don't know frog eyes but maybe he is in this band? the dude from sunset rubdown (in my opinion a very great band) is in it also.

swan lake, very good, album is called "beast moans". very good.
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Postby kenoki on Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:50 pm

i only have the new one. seems a little boring, but maybe i should listen to it more.
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Postby Ike on Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:11 pm

Is the drummer on the current tour the SAME drummer from the records? Scott Morgan?

He's unreal. He blew my mind. BLEW IT.

He hits VERY hard, which is the way to go, right? Always? Weak drumming, go home!

Saw them on Pontiac last week. Worst crowd. Worst opening band. Best recovery by headlining band ever.

Guitar player, too, played better than nearly anyone I can think of. Andy Cohen, maybe? That was the most appropriate comparison, actually.

Great band. Someone boring new album that took on a new life after seeing them play again.

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Postby tallchris on Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:36 pm

Ike wrote:Is the drummer on the current tour the SAME drummer from the records? Scott Morgan?

He's unreal. He blew my mind. BLEW IT.

He hits VERY hard, which is the way to go, right? Always? Weak drumming, go home!


No idea if it was the same guy I saw drumming for him/them in fall '03 in Seattle, but if it is, that guy was awesome. Very simple drumming, but dude was awesome.

I only really know This Night. That album is awesome. When I saw Destroyer live, they pretty much played most of that record. On the last song, Bejar turned up the volume on all his pedals and his Fender Twin before the last freak out. So loud.

The synthy gae record after that? Meh. I haven't heard the two most recent records, and only smatterings of the earlier stuff.

Not crap. Need to catch up to what he's been doing.
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Postby fancyjamtime on Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:44 am

kenoki wrote:i only have the new one. seems a little boring, but maybe i should listen to it more.


That's the key. Much of his stuff is subtle but a grower.
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Postby madmanmunt on Tue May 06, 2008 11:31 pm

kerble wrote:I still recommend not seeing Destroyer live.


Don't know if I would go that far, but his recent show here was pretty dull apart from one or two songs. Don't get your hopes up for a hard rockin' time, for sure.

The new record took a little while to get to me, but now I am really enjoying it.

I can understand why people think his music is boring on first listen, as it is mostly made out of boring sounds.

And his best album: Your Blues, which has turned into one of my favorite records of the decade, is made out of the most boring sounds of them all!
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Postby tmidgett on Tue May 06, 2008 11:37 pm

madmanmunt wrote:And his best album: Your Blues, which has turned into one of my favorite records of the decade, is made out of the most boring sounds of them all!


You're right.

Part of its charm. It's as if he took those sounds on as a challenge.

He won.
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