Category: Sub Pop

Former Fleet Foxes drummer pens ode (sorta) to Hollywood Forever

Former Fleet Foxes drummer pens ode (sorta) to Hollywood Forever
It was only a matter of time before Hollywood Forever Cemetery was immortalized in song. The 62-acre, 113-year-old graveyard over the last few years has become a rock 'n' roll destination, and not just a final one. Though it's the resting place for two members of the Ramones (Johnny and Dee Dee), Hollywood Forever has recently become one of the city's more unique, intimate venues. Thursday night, for instance, rootsy rocker M Ward will grace the cemetary's Masonic Lodge

Don't perhaps turn to former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman for an idea of what a musical experience at the cemetery is like. His track “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is full of steadily crashing rhythms and blank-stare aggression. There's just enough background clutter and reverb to fog everything up, and his images of drugs, illicit sex and funerals ask more questions than answer them. 

The cut is from his upcoming Sub Pop solo debut, "Fear Fun," due May 1, which he recorded under the name Father John Misty. There is a video starring Aubrey Plaza out there, but it contains a barefoot Tillman, and Pop & Hiss believes men should be seen only with footwear on; therefore, it is not embeded. Actually, it contains some NSFW moments. 

Regardless, Pop & Hiss asked Hollywood Forever's Jay Boileau, the man largely responsible for bringing musical acts to the grounds, for his take on the song. Boileau said he heard the cut about three weeks ago and added, "I am curious what inspired the title. I have tried to decipher it through the lyrics, with no luck as of yet. I do like the song, though!"

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In Rotation: Fruit Bats' 'Tripper'

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In Rotation: Fruit Bats' 'Tripper'

Rare is the collection of orchestral pop as rich as the Fruit Bats’ “Tripper.” Yet as Eric D. Johnson’s band turns 10, acts the Chicago artist has worked with continue to overshadow his own project, be it the equally exquisite Shins or bluesy rock experimentalists Califone. “They say that you’re too weird for me,” Johnson sweetly sings in the middle of the album, as if he himself seems aware that the charming and lovely have a tendency to get overlooked.

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'You can't pretend you're 18': Superchunk and the Vaselines, middle-aged and proud

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There are ways, no doubt, to age respectfully in rock 'n' roll. Recent releases offer plenty of examples, be it the graceful folksiness of John Mellencamp or the still-ornery experimentation of Neil Young. Then there are the paths taken by Superchunk and the Vaselines, who have brought an end to years of relative dormancy with sarcasm.

It's there in the video for Superchunk's "Digging for Something," a sly, tongue-in-cheek mockery of artists who are on the cash-in reunion circuit. Conceived by former "Daily Show" scribe Scott Jacobson, the clip features an alternate-universe Superchunk, one containing just "one original member" and more interested in exploitation than new material.

Though not designed as such, it serves as an insta-buffer to potential critics. Superchunk's "Majesty Shredding," the act's first album since 2001, dispenses with the rock 'n' roll signs of maturity that permeated that year's "Here's to Shutting Up." This isn't an album for slowing things down and piling on strings; the layered guitars of "Majesty" are sleek, turning a no-nonsense riff on perseverance such as "Learned to Surf" into a celebratory anthem.

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