Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
From Foxygen's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace
Liner notes: "There's no need to be an asshole/You're not in Brooklyn anymore," singer Sam France sneers softly, evoking electric Bob Dylan at his most relaxed and Lou Reed at his least scary.
Behind the music: Southern California natives France and Jonathan Rado were just high school freshmen in 2005 when they bonded over their mutual love of the Brian Jonestown Massacre. A dozen self-recorded albums later, they enlisted star indie producer (the Mynabirds, Damien Jurado) and Shins keyboardist Richard Swift for this playful romp.
Check it out if you like: Hipsters such as Wilco, Paul Westerberg, and Arctic Monkeys.
This review originally appeared in our January/February issue of Mother Jones.