The Dirty Projectors
Rise Above

Dead Oceans
Reviewed by: Andrew Gaerig
Reviewed on: 2007-09-14

Posted 09/14/2007 - 09:26:50 AM by raskolnikov:
 This band (and Longstreth in general) represent everything that is annoying about twee-ness. Self-love as an aesthetic pales in comparison to Black Flag's righteous punk fury. What's next? Yume Bitsu doing Slayer's "Reign in Blood"? Or perhaps Calvin Johnston reuniting Beat Happening to cover the first Minor Threat record?
Posted 09/14/2007 - 09:48:26 AM by friendlyatom:
 Seeing as how twee sprung directly out of punk, a twee cover of a punk song or album should not be surprising. I have no idea what “self-love as an aesthetic” means.
Posted 09/14/2007 - 10:01:36 AM by raskolnikov:
 Twee's falsely naive sense of wonder to me undermines the power of music like Black Flag' is music that celebrates the self, and life, and as such it lacks the necessary emotional gravity to handle material like the first Black Flag album. It's an exercise in cleverness, that comes off like showing off. What Flag expressed was deadly serious, and though reimagining these songs requires no small amount of technical skill, it simultaneously condescends to its subject matter. At least it sounds that way to me, and that's what I meant by self-love as an aesthetic--it is the root and ground of what twee music is all about.
Posted 09/14/2007 - 10:42:30 AM by friendlyatom:
 I wouldn’t say twee celebrates the self. It’s actually very un-self-assured music. I don’t think it celebrates life either, but it does acknowledge that life is multi-faceted, and it’s certainly not as ascetic and life-denying as punk. I agree that there’s a (loving) jab at punk inherent in twee music, which is that it tells punks not to take themselves so seriously.
Posted 09/14/2007 - 12:32:45 PM by Richie_A:
 Where are people getting the 'twee' references from? This album sounds more like some kind of weird Afro-pop \ Sonic Youth hybrid, not The Field Mice. I love the idea of recreating a childhood-favourite album from memory, the conept is great and the execution is interesting though slightly patchy. They're a great live band also.
Posted 09/14/2007 - 12:36:32 PM by TysonT:
 Who said Dirty Projectors were twee??? I don't know what this album has to do with Black Flag except that it took its lyrics from them. It was a record that Dave L. apparently loved in his youth. To play it in any fashion similar to Black Flag would be more condescending to its source material than to re-imagine it. (Who says the original album shouldn't be condescended to, anyway?)
Posted 09/25/2007 - 07:14:27 PM by raskolnikov:
 Re: greatness live...I have seen 'em only once, didn't like 'em that much.