Sat June 21
We need more holidays. I'm running out reasons to party, and that's a plum bummer. The best new holiday I've heard of this week comes from Mr. Andrew Broder, who records quirky, indie turntable pop as Fog. His holiday is "What a Day" day. So why wait for Flag Day to break out the Cristal when you can party today, because it's What a Day, Day--again!
While not exactly your typical party music, "What a Day Day," from Fog's new album Ether Teeth, is one of Broder's jollier songs, that shows his knack for taking a piano, guitar, and vocal based song and freaking it out with turntable-generated accompaniments. His wistfully delivered abstract lyrics could be interpreted in many ways and changes occur without apparent rhyme or reason, keeping the listener on their toes.
While Fog's music is a head-trip released on Ninja Tune, it contains none of the label's trademark trip-hop for the heads. On "Nice Things Are Great," Broder even takes a stab at the vinyl culture Ninja has helped spawn. The song is about how materialism can carry over into the underground culture. "The beat-digging thing is very male, very European, very conquerer," Broder says. "It's kind of disgusting--but I do love records."
Those beloved platters are used extensively and so creatively recorded, it's hard to attribute the results to turntables. Broder has found a way to put turntables on an equal playing field with the other instruments. They're "not thrust in your face or romanticized, but used with restraint and subtlety," he explains.
Live, Fog becomes a quintet of boys playing a bevy of instruments. Broder says it would be impossible to recreate the album live since "a lot of songs are first takes, improvised stuff, and accidents." He wouldn't want to recreate it anyway: "I think bands that try and do that, you go and see them, and they sound just like the album and you wonder, why am I here?"
At least one person's here to celebrate What A Day Day.