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John Dufilho, John Singer Sergeant
Kirtland Records, April 10

04/19/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Dufilho is the creative force behind neo-’60s-freak-pop band Deathray Davies and also, probably more famously, the current drummer for Apples in Stereo. What does all this mean? It means that he has the power to make records that sound like Pavement getting gang-beaten by the Beatles and Big Black, in other words dope-slapped slacker-rock with occasional bursts of megaphone vocals and/or ’60s-acid-head stun-guitar. This side project, named after 19th-century painter John Singer Sergeant (are you writing all this down?), explores Dufilho’s mellower side within a range of palettes, from Ed Wood-inspired Pavement-ized ’60s-pop (“Birdy Num Num”) to funky Pavement-ized ’60s-pop (“Dizzy Joy”) to Pink Floyd-style Pavement-ized ’60s-pop (“Why Does your Moog Affect Me So?”). Endearing, fiercely indie and not lacking in color, these sessions attracted a pretty impressive array of guest singers (Ben Kweller and Rhett Miller the top two), all of whom were apparently content being involved in one more quirky trip that will never receive the fleshing-out (or attention) it (sort of) deserves. B —Eric W. Saeger






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