In House #1562: Destroyer's Rubies, Eels' Live with Strings
Dan Bejar's Destroyer released their fifth full-length album this week, entitled Destroyer's Rubies. Destroyer's output has always been interesting, if at times willfully difficult, but Rubies steps things up to a level of grandeur previously unseen from the band. Bejar's obtuse and schizophrenic lyrics are here encased in epic declarations of song, as in the nine-and-a-half minute opener, "Rubies," or the loose and meandering seven-and-a-half minute "Looter's Follies."
The release also continues the trend of New Pornographers releasing solid to oustanding albums, a trend which looks to be continuing in March with Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. It was largely Bejar's songwriting, of course, along with that of A.C. Newman, which made the New Pornographers' Twin Cinema one of the best releases of 2005. Destroyer's Rubies was released yesterday on the ever-wonderful Merge records.
Focus: New releases from Destroyer, Destroyer's Rubies, and Eels, Live with Strings at Town Hall. Plus, new music from Bishop Allen, the Lilys, Voxtrot and more.
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