Artist: Dirty Projectors

Date Released: April 5, 2005

Label: Western Vinyl

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  1. I Sit on the Ridge at Dusk
  2. But in the Headlights
  3. Warholian Wigs
  4. I Will Truck
  5. D. Henley's Dream
  6. Gilt Gold Scabs
  7. Ponds & Puddles
  8. Not Having Found
  9. Tour Along the Potomac
  10. Jolly Jolly Jolly Ego
  11. Time Birthed Spilled Blood
  12. Drilling Profitably
  13. Finches' Song at Oceanic Parking Lot


Holy sweet Jesus, this album is crazy as hell. Yale dropout and the principal Dirty Projector, Dave Longstreth has recorded an album that I can easily translate to freak-folk, I think anyways. To say the music is left-of-center is an understatement, but it remains strangely beautiful and cathartic. For the project, Longstreth has used every instrument he could get a hold of including an arrangement of guitars, saxophone, trombone, trumpet, percussion from his middle school, beer bottle flutes, a woman’s choir, a small orchestra, drum samples and a cello octet. The most amazing part of the album is the heavily constructed concept. Inspired by Aztec mythology, Justin Timberlake, The Eagles and the 9/11 aftermath, Longstreth writes a story centered around Eagles frontman Don Henley. Henley searches the world for love, first deciding it was nature, then marrying Sacagawea (yes, the one you are thinking of), and later finding himself at the battle of Gettysburg and having the same dream as Aztec emperor Moctezuma I (represented on the Mexican flag). If you get a chance, read the whole story in the booklet, it is wildly entertaining in itself. Overall, this is an innovative and forward-thinking album that is not for everyone, but has the ability to please the ears of the open-minded. Mpardaiolo