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October 7, 2004

Two Bits: Johnny Loftus and the Swindling of a Generation

I've been writing show previews for Philadelphia Weekly for awhile now; a Scissor Sisters here, a Butterfly Boucher there, as well as some B-Boys (props to me for slipping 'Sasquatch' past the editors!) and Rilo Kiley. Yeah, I ended the RK piece with the obligatory comment on how hot J. Lewis is. So? At least I didn't reference that cheeky anecdote about her having gotten naked to record "I Never" .

Indie Branding Initiative Update

Antics is Interpol's sophomore effort, and the one that will loose the cloister belts of busty exurbanites. "With Turn on the Bright Lights, Interpol made self-pity fashionable. For Antics, they've written love songs for the artfully detached." There's also the Arcade Fire, a tasteful, Montreal-based pop group that's killing the cool people with tradition-minded kindness. "Année Sans Lumière" (from their Merge debut Funeral ) will be the cause of a thousand indie kid love affairs, followed by the simultaneous sound of those fragile hearts breaking and 10,000 Bud Lights opening, as the song arrives in the juke box of some upscale Irish pub concept.

Pitchfork: Fatboy Slim, Palookaville ; Green Day, American Idiot ; The Fucking Am, Gold; and RTX, Transmaniacon , which gets my vote for album art of the year even if the record itself is a little disappointing.


Cake has released another of their exactly-the-same records, which of course doesn't mean it's bad, only very dry and sharp. Sort of like if a can of Sapporo grew a goatee. There's also another incredible salvo from San Diego's Hot Snakes, entitled Audit in Progress. This is the band with family ties to Drive Like fucking Jehu and Rocket from the Crypt; "...it's also an example of making a cleanly-focused rock album in the 21st century that doesn't need a hyphenated term to describe it. Audit in Progress? It just stings."

I'm a cold Italian pizza, I could use a lemon squeezer, what you do?


Posted by Johnny Loftus at October 7, 2004 10:03 AM

Comments (1)


so you are the one writing alot of these great songs I hear people sing or are you just a producer?