I aint never seen a ghost car but if’n I did I think it’d look jus’ like this

Pigeon John, “Money Back Guarantee”

 

I’ve been listening to a lot of cheesy rap this month, and Pigeon John definitely graduated from the Skee-Lo school, top of his class. Here’s an earnest, funny stab at honesty in the name of seduction. John’s embarrassed by that long chorus in the middle, but I can’t fault him; his guarantee is too fun to sing along with, he couldn’t resist.

SMBC

SMBC

Sometimes I get anxious about decisions and trick myself into the less-than-common sense option. I’m also down for an afterlife, but don’t believe in one. In turn: this comic.

Dan Deacon, “Sheathed Wings”

Dan Deacon creates cartoonish soundscapes. Over the years he’s tightened his sound, reducing the fuzz while retaining the spasticity (spellcheck’s saying that’s not a word, so now it is one). His newest, Gliss Riffer, doesn’t ever clash quite as hard as “debut” Spiderman of the Rings, but I think it indicates a maturation. Listen to this; it’s like Fuck Buttons and Animal Collective stopped taking their ritalin together. Layered pop vocals and driving beats somehow hide a clutch of animated chipmunks until they chirp through the breakdown at 2:20. The Dan Deacon of 2007 would’ve shoved them into the spotlight, but now they remain on the fringes til its their moment to shine.

Does that make sense? “The sounds at 2:20 are present in the whole song, and, despite being fairly distinct, the listener doesn’t notice them for what they are until the breakdown.” Eh