We spent the better part of a day waiting for the wave to hit our side of town

Photography by Valeria

Okay, it’s time I posted about this album that, since I loaded it, has kept coming back to kick my ass. I mean, yeah, I keep trying to listen to all the new music making it’s way along the intertubal superhighway, but it’s Bejar’s syrup over-influctuating vocals that keep seeping back into my ears. This time though, it’s Destroyer’s Streethawk: A Seduction that keeps pushing everyone out of it’s way.



How does he do it? Normally one is either bizarre OR catchy, yet somehow, somehow, Bejar walks a tightrope between the two skyscrapers, stops, does a flip, juggles some oranges, then continues crossing over. Unreal. It shouldn’t work, but of course, it does (otherwise, would I be talking about it?)… Theatrical, lyrical, complex, and with each listen I discover more adjectives!

If any of you have never heard Destroyer and want to know what it’s all about, listen to “The Bad Arts”, it’s the full realization of just “what” Destroyer is. Starts with a little acoustic solo piece, before dropping into a sweet listen bass-line groove (why DID you spend the 90’s cowering?) and it builds and builds only to drop back to the slow groove again, no see, he wasn’t done yet! We are eventually led to a little sing-along of sorts (but that not until after the song comes to a literally grinding halt. Huh? Yeah, it’s kinda like that.

So you listen again. And again, you need another hit. It’s like crack man, wiggidy-whack crackity-crack, so good going in, need more!

Ahhhh………. Nancy Reagan would not approve.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, we have a snow-pocalypse going on outside and I’m going to need another Hot Bejar Injection to get me through it. Enjoy!

Destroyer – 01 Streethawk I
Destroyer – 02 The Bad Arts

Absolve, absolve, absolve…
We spent the better part of a day waiting for the wave to hit our side of
town. It didn’t.
Absolve, absolve, absolve…
I wash my hands of the stuff of legends.
And what news of the horizon?
I hear it’s all just a horizontal myth so stop your cruising, start your
criticizing!
Or indulge yourself for once – feel medium between them.
And goddamn your eyes.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
And goddamn your eyes.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
They just had to be twin prizes waiting for the sun.
See them sporting those eagle iron-ons you made me swear never to wear.
Why did you spend the 90’s cowering (why did you spend the 90’s cowering)?
And they’re singing those inspirationals you penned back in ‘72.
And the hotels of choice are now toasting your voice, as the spas ring out –
“What’s another word for sacrament?”
The world woke up one day to proclaim – “Thou shalt not take part in, or
make, bad art.”
In these tough tough times friends like mine would rather dash than dine on
the bones of what’s thrown to them…
When a wave of her wand has us back at the pond taking notes for a crooked
underground!
The world woke up one day to proclaim – “Thou shalt not make or take part in
the bad art.”
You see, the Singer sold us out. The Guitarist lost his clout on
Life-Of-The-Mind Day.
When signs become impure again the crowd doesn’t know where or when to let
it all hang out.
Bloodlet yourself, street style!!
You got the spirit.
Don’t lose the feeling.

Destroyer – 03 Beggars Might Ride
Destroyer – 04 The Sublimation Hour (as featured in our most recent podcast!)

Go show Dan all your love here, here, and here now…

3 comments for “We spent the better part of a day waiting for the wave to hit our side of town

  1. Wayne
    January 28, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    I love this album to death.
    The Bad Arts is probably my favorite Destroyer song ever.

  2. Tsuru
    January 28, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Reasonably so! Such an amazing song, the perfect “intro to Destroyer”, and even if that’s the only song someone ever heard by Bejar, that’s okay, because that’s te one to here!

  3. June 5, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Awesome. I love it.

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