Happy surprise: the Fatty Acids were good when I saw them before but great tonight — powerpop played so loud the amps start to get that blown-out sound, and then this very beautiful clean line of trumpet cutting through it all.
Notes on Sat. Nite Duets:
1. They have arrived at the level of success where one row of people at the front knows the words to all the songs.
2. Their songs are what you would call “anthemic” but the culminating shouted lyric is often something intentionally without intrinsic affect. Examples include:
- “HE’S GETTING ORGANIZED!”
- “I’VE GOT BOOKS ON TAPE!”
- “WE ARE ALL REAL ESTATE AGENTS!”
3. Relationship betw. Sat. Nite Duets and Pavement still not very clear to me. None of their songs could be mistaken for a Pavement song. But I think the way the songs are put together — not exactly the way the songs sound, but the way the songs make decisions — is more Pavement than anybody else who’s not Pavement. Drums also similar. In fact both Fatty Acids and SND sync drums to guitar in the manner of “Lions (Linden).”
4. I don’t usually link to the same video twice, but “All Nite Long” is still the best song anyone has recorded in the young decade. So here it is again.
Sat. Nite Duets’ new album available imminently.