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Monday, December 29, 2008

The YACHT Club

Posted by on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 11:53 AM

A comment on this week's Best of 2008 column:

wtf grandy? no YACHT? you fail.
Posted by YACHT CLUB

First of all, we're all informal friends on the internet, right? Addressing people by only their last names makes one sound like a gym teacher.

Second, I assume we're talking about YACHT's sole 2008 release, "Summer Song," (although I guess we could also be talking about his early '08 work designing manilla envelope sleeves for the then new macbook air), which song was "originally recorded as a love letter to tourmates LCD Soundsystem," according to press materials that also state, "YACHT is as surprised as you are that DFA wanted to release the song."

I'll post the video of the song below, and it is a pretty great, home-grown-in-Portland video [update: Jason Josephes points out that said video is a nod to Tapeheads, which I deeply regret having still not seen in 2008], with its comically amateur video director within the video literally throwing everything at YACHT that his non-existent budget allows in an attempt to make them more (exciting?) than they are, hoping that something sticks, and actually kind of neon tar-and-feathering them in the process.

But I didn't put the song in my Best of 2008 clusterfuck, because, really I maybe listened to it once in 2008 before preparing this post. It just didn't do it for me (and, also, I've just heard the sinlge and not the b-sides). I definitely hear the love letter to Sound of Silver angle in the bass, the "live"/acoustic percussion, the reverby vocals, but to me it all lands more as pastiche than homage—it's YACHT got innocuous. (As a side note, YACHT's "Platinum" and LCD's "Get Innocuous" have almost the exact same synth groove.) Listening to it again, it's a fine enough summery dance jam, and it's growing on me even, but I still don't quite yet buy YACHT as this cool, collected repeater of dance floor mantras as opposed to his old overenthusiastic spaz, but maybe I'll be better convinced by their forthcoming album, See Mystery Lights, in 2009.

 

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The video was funnier when it had John Cusack, Tim Robbins, Don "Soul Train" Cornelius, and a Swedish Devo song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOI2zzDmw…
Posted by Jason Josephes on December 29, 2008 at 1:10 PM · Report this
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Oh fuck. I should have known that. How have I not seen Tapeheads?
Posted by Eric Grandy on December 29, 2008 at 1:13 PM · Report this
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I always find it amusing when someone bitches about an omission from a personal EOY list. Rather than saying "why did you forget _____?" people should just make their own fucking list.

However, "YACHT CLUB" should get some bonus point for using "fail" as a verb - that was one thing I wish I heard more in 2008.
Posted by Chris B. on December 29, 2008 at 6:05 PM · Report this
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@3
are you serious? "fail" is the new "internets" of internet buzz speak!

dude, reading this post, I realized that I really don't like Sound of Silver. weird.
Posted by Lee on December 29, 2008 at 11:28 PM · Report this

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