Week's Worst: Dan Deacon + Lightning Bolt

By Andrew Rooney
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Why, I often ask myself, do today’s youth prefer such hyper music? After my two minutes of work each week, I prefer a Bach violin concerto. Given the warp-speed pace of postmodern living, you’d expect our overstimulated youngsters to seek solace in more contemplative entertainment. The fact that Dan Deacon is constantly referred to as a “Wham City weirdo” is enough to keep me away from tonight’s concert. I still use a typewriter, but when I asked a co-worker to play some of Deacon’s music on her Google, I dove away from the machine fearing that it was exploding. Expecting sparks, I said, “Please make this stop.” Next she played a Lightning Bolt video. “Make it stop!” I yelled. The last thing I remember is my body violently shaking. I woke up 10 hours later in a hospital bed. What is it with hospital food these days?

Tues., April 26, 9pm. $12. With Ed Schrader’s Music Beat. Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St.

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1. Anonymous said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 10:18PM

“lol that's so cute. I would not judge Dan Deacon or LB before you experience them live!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:55PM

“I'm really surprised the Philadelphia Weekly puts their name on such unthoughtful lacks of criticism on a dry parade of creative fiction. Is Andrew Rooney suppose to be appealing to the average Philly shmo while he degrades mostly independent artists once a week?
Here's my criticism: drop the superlatives, "best" or "worst" and just explain why exactly something about the music or artist is good or bad, significant, or irrelevant. For instance, it's significant that Deacon is doing the soundtrack to Coppola's next film which is a horror film, considering most of Deacon's music is hyperactive and absurdist, and most horror soundtracks are quite the opposite.
It's also significant that both artists come from completely independent "DIY" ethos, taking up warehouses and generating their own cultural hubs with first regard to their personal relationship to music rather than most venue's first concern: money.
Philadelphia would be better off caring about Deacon and LB, rather than Andy.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:51AM

“Great job Philly Weekly. I really love to read reviews written by someone who digs violin concertos and makes terrible hospital jokes without really giving any insight on his actual subject. And you wonder why no one reads your paper anymore.”

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4. Colin said... on Apr 23, 2011 at 10:49AM

“Isn't Andrew Rooney the guy that stated "too much alcohol, too much food, drugs, HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS, cigarettes [are] all known to lead... to premature death." and was suspended from CBS in 1990 for it?
Did you see what a stodgy egotistical act he was on Ali G?
The world left this guy behind 40 years ago. His dramatized criticism isn't entertaining because he presupposes his character to be sympathetic when it is quite the opposite. He relies on dramatizations because his logic is weak. The only reason he could be employed by a newspaper at this point is out of some Good Old Boy merit badges, maybe an old friends at the office who didn't rollover yet.
Hopefully someone has the good sense to sever the gangrenous limb that writes this putrid deraoldbitcsch.

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5. Sam said... on Apr 23, 2011 at 11:13AM

“Not sure what's funnier, the joke, or people missing the joke...”

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6. josh said... on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:40AM

“I'll be the first to say I agree with Andrew Rooney. I think that along with cigarettes, alcohol, dancing, short skirts, so-called "rock and roll" music, and good times in general should be banned for the safety of today's youth. And thank you for taking several seconds to listen to some of Dan Deacon's music on youtube. You have saved me the time.”

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7. POSTMODERN WAGNER said... on May 3, 2011 at 02:52PM

“chippity chirp-
chirp chirp chippity”

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8. Anonymous said... on May 8, 2011 at 05:00PM

“I understand why someone wouldn't like these artists, but what a stupid article. Like people have already said, it provides no insight to the music, merely an old man reacting to music that is in no way aimed at his demographic. Until I went and looked at who Rooney was, I was worried he'd be a hipster bragging about his unhip taste in music, while still using a typewriter.”


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