September 13, 2007


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Akron/Family, Love is Simple
Young God Records, Sept. 18
Nothing says “Remember, George Harrison was successfully sued for a half-million dollars by the Chiffons” more than a sloppy hippie jam-along to the lyrics “Go out and love, love, love everyone.” When you haven’t had enough morning ciggies yet to medicate your spree-killer side, a CD full of four Brooklyn hipsters imitating University of Vermont stoners should come with a Surgeon General’s warning to everyone around you, therefore I personally recommend you avoid the seven whole minutes of Native American chant improv in “Ed is a Portal” until afternoon rush hour, after you’ve successfully battled your circadian rhythm and stayed awake in the face of every cell begging you to nap, because by then you’re on a natural high, not like these guys, and your objectivity’s sharper. In other news, the title track dwells on the drawled line “don’t be afraid, you’re already dead” for like a million times, and “I’ve Got Some Friends” is easily the greatest psychedelic noise-jam you’ll hear this fiscal quarter BEric W. Saeger.