Music Review: “No Destruction” By Foxygen

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“No Destruction”

From Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace

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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.

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