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Ian Karmel, 9.2 on Pitchfork (Kill Rock Stars Records)
CD Reviews: November 19, 2015

11/19/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 The best comedy attacks culture at its softest spots — better yet, ones that seemed impenetrable up until that moment — but it’s even better when the sentiments are universally and globally relatable. That isn’t exactly what we have here, but it’s a good debut album for Karmel, currently a writer for The Late Late Show with James Corden after serving time at Chelsea Lately and such. He’s an atheist-Jewish Portlandian, 30 years old, with the general demeanor of a fairly intelligent version of Dane Cook. He’s no anger-management case, mostly directing his barbs at targets specific to his DNA: Portland soccer-parents bragging about their overachieving toddlers (“is 3 years old too young to play Bach concertos on the harpsichord?”), Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s, Nazis, dating/sex/yadda-yadda and, of course, religion (“If God didn’t want us to have bacon-wrapped scallops, why did he make them?”). Eclectic in a post-hipster way.






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