Wednesday, May 4, 2011
J. Tillman's Day Job Strikes Back!
Hey, so when J. Tillman isn't crafting absolutely jaw-dropping folk music on his own, the kind of thing that make stupid kids like me make movies to fit around them, he plays drums and sings for a little outfit called Fleet Foxes, who I think are really starting to catch on. Anyway, their new record is called Helplessness Blues and it's one of the greatest things ever made by human beings. There are songs on it that are just as good as the best of J's solo work. I'm posting this idea here first so no one else takes it, note the date plagiarizers: the album is the soundtrack to a film about the Spanish Civil War that no one has made yet. Why haven't they made it? Because I'm poor and busy. I'm being silly, but give me 12 million dollars and I'd make a film that would attempt to do justice to the mountains of infinite gorgeousness and timeless swelling of voices that is Helplessness Blues. Go buy it, hold it in your hand, you'll feel better. Oh, while I'm plugging for people who inspire me, go buy Nine Types Of Light by TV On the Radio as well, because that kicks ass and those guys couldn't be any nicer if they tried. It looks like once again I'll have to choose between Fleet Foxes and TV On The Radio for album of the year, like I did in 2008. Not that anyone's complaining, but seriously get ahold of these albums. They're gifts.