Dan Deacon “Crash Jam”
Dan Deacon has always straddled the line of being a deadly serious songwriter and a wild eyed maniac, the kind of guy who is the class clown in the day glo outfit who actually is the smartest guy in the room. This dichotomy has been present throughout his career, with his recording material often well crafted and ornate and his life show featuring giant human tunnels, a green glowing skull and the seriousness of a Pee Wee Herman episode. He still may be goofy live, but his latest LP is even more engaging and thoughtful than anything he has done in the past. The record, titled America, is a treatise on the country where Deacon was born and raised (read his explanation HERE). No matter what the story, it is an incredibly powerful album that melds together Deacon’s conflicting feelings of his homeland over 9 beautiful tracks. Listen below to “Crash Jam” for a sample, but the record should be taken as a whole if possible (the back half of the LP is a four song suite titled “America I-IV.”). Deacon is in town for a show tonight (Saturday, Nov. 3rd) at the Cedar. Between his usual raucous show, his new cell phone app that works in conjunction with his live set and his outstanding new record, this is a show that should be plenty of fun.