Thursday, February 2, 2012

Darcy Does Dan

Hello Vinyl Friends!

Sort of got...interrupted there for a bit with some things and what have you. Suffice it to say, I now live in my Dad's girlfriend's basement and I miss my cats. My records are here as well. So I got that going for me, which is nice.

My day so far:

Heart: Hey dude, let's go to the record store!

Brain: Sounds awesome, I'll talk to legs.

Legs: And we're off!

Wallet: FUCK

Yup, bought a bunch of records. One of which, a cover album, I will review today.

The Darcys - Aja

This album is a cover of the entirety of Steely Dan's Aja, done by the Darcys. I heard about it on The Current, completely forgot about it, then came across it in the bins. Cover albums to me are like this:


Porn is two (or more (or even less)) people acting like they are having sex. I mean they still have sex, but there is a performance element involved. Much as a cover is a band acting like they are playing music. Basically what I am saying is that when you listen to a cover, it's like your ears are watching other ears have sex.

This album was released by Arts & Crafts out of Toronto, Canada. The jacket is glossy and heavyweight. The front features an imposing concrete skyscraper, gray scale. It looks like some heavily fortified WW2 structure. I bet there are Nazis inside.

Sorry about the shitty pic here friends, I am temporarily without camera. The vinyl itself is heavyweight translucent and red. Pretty tasty shade if I may say.

Musically, the album is like a Yo La Tengo meets Radiohead does Steely Dan. Far less jazzy, far more dense and distorted. I fucking love it. I'll refrain from going too far in depth here as it is a cover album of another album that I own and would prefer to critique the lyrics and composition there. The stand out tracks for me on this version are Aja and Home at Last.

I am pleasantly surprised with this purchase and would definitely recommend it to fans of the Dan. The price was right and I have listened to it a number of times today already. Shit is cash. Time to rummage through the rest of the shit I bought and do some motherfucking taxes.

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