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Thursday, March 02, 2006


I've been a long time fan (FS10) of Dan Bejar's DESTROYER, so I can't believe the new one sat on my desk for so long before I started spinning his latest release, DESTROYER'S RUBIES (Merge Records). Most people know Dan more because of his 'other band'- THE NEW PORNOGRPAHERS. Do yourself the favor, BUY IT. Dan has this magic to his lyrics, a vibe to his voice that makes me feel like how Dean from LUNA/GALAXIE 500 made me feel - kinda like reading some romantic period novel full of color and lust and unthinkable heartbreak. This isn't a record for everyone, but it should be. The America that loves GWB - NASCAR - Country music- and all that will never embrace such a songwriter. The cover art for Destroyer's Rubies almost says it all for me.
This record opens with 'Rubies', which clocks in at 9:25 but feels more like 4, full of every twisted lyric imaginable. This record keeps digging deeper with each cut - highlights are 'Painter in Your Pocket', 'Your Blood' and '3000 Flowers'. Just listen to 'European Oils', and when that blazing guitar line kicks in, you'll be closing your eyes, feelin' the jam.

Download 'Painter In Your Pocket' HERE (courtesy of INSOUND). MP3

Destroyer is
* Daniel Bejar - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitars, Tambourine, Monster Riffs on European Oils and 3000 Flowers
* Ted Bois - Piano, Wurlitzer, Organ
* Nicolas Bragg - Lead Guitar, Lead Acoustic on Painter in Your Pocket
* Tim Loewen - Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar at very end of European Oils, Back-Up Vocals on Looters' Follies.
* Scott Morgan - Drums, Baritone Sax
* Fisher Rose - Vibraphone, Trumpet

03.22.2006 * Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
03.23.2006 * Chicago , IL @ Abbey Pub
03.24.2006 * Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
03.25.2006 * Toronto, @ Lee's Palace
03.26.2006 * Montreal, QC @ El Salon
03.27.2006 * Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Underground
03.28.2006 * New York, NY @ Avalon Nightclub
03.29.2006 * Washington, DC @ Black Cat
03.30.2006 * Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
03.31.2006 * Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
04.01.2006 * Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasant's
04.12.2006 * Vancouver, @ Richard's on Richards
04.14.2006 * Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
05.05.2006 * Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
05.06.2006 * Portland , OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
05.08.2006 * San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
05.21.2006 * Camber Sands, @ All Tomorrow's Parties


Blogger Will said...

Yes indeed. A remarkable album. Can't wait to see them in sf in may.

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