Foxygen / We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
Album: We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic   Collection:General
Artist:Foxygen   Added:Feb 2013

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-02-16 Pull Date: 2013-04-21
Week Ending: Apr 21 Apr 14 Apr 7 Mar 17 Mar 10 Mar 3 Feb 24
Airplays: 2 4 1 2 2 4 3

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 24, 2024: Stop Making Sense
San Francisco
4. Nov 11, 2019: baggage claim
2. Jun 28, 2021: nearby galaxies (rebroadcast from Apr 10, 2019)
5. Aug 21, 2019: The Library
San Francisco
3. Jan 29, 2020: The Library
San Francisco
6. Jul 24, 2019: The Library
San Francisco

Album Review
Grumpy Sean
Reviewed 2013-02-16
Bi-coastal male duo -- originally from LA, but now in Olympia and Brooklyn -- offer up their second long-form release. The basic vibe is a late sixties / early seventies pop-rock sampler, with references including the softer sides of Dylan and the Kinks and the Rolling Stones, occasional girl-group backing vox, Wall of Sound production, faux-funk, and buried guitar solos. Also reminiscent of Guided By Voices in how each song works through disparate (and often unfinished) retro-song snippets, with varying levels of success. But when the retro and the present find each other in the right proportions, the results are top-notch pop that may not stay underground for long.

FCC: #2

1. med, gentle pop opener
2. FCC ("asshole"), med-, faux-Dylan vox
3. * varies, packing ten years of music into one song. Slow contemplative bits, rave-ups, children's choruses, Neil Young single-note solos, etc.
4. * dn+, sappy, silly love song with echoes of Scott Mackenzie
5. med-, mostly instrumental (just bah-bah-bah vox), something of a palate cleanser after the preceding two songs
6. med-, slow-faux-funk with rock-ish bridges, frustrating in its juxtapositions (i.e. parts I love, parts I hate, all in a 3-minute package)
7. med, mid-70 Stones, "Missing You" but without Mick's sneering edge?
8. * med/varies, sprawling across genres
9. dn/varies, more Abbey Road Beatles-y with a darker, spacey turn in the middle that bails out to solo piano/off-key vox

Track Listing
1. In The Darkness   5. Bowling Trophies
2. No Destruction   6. Shuggie
3. On Blue Mountain   7. Oh Yeah
4. San Francisco   8. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
  9. Oh No