Miller: I could never call any Bob Dylan album bad.
Baca: C’mon. Try it. It’s quite freeing!
Miller: Do I prefer vintage Dylan? Yes. Do I hate old man Dylan? I just can’t. The thing about “Tempest” is, while I can’t connect to the twangy country, the storytelling and the lyrics are as strong as ever. Did you hate the entirety of it?
Baca: I agree, it is hard to hate the man. I do hate him getting a pass, though. Did he release one of the best albums of the year? Of his career? Of his late-career, even? Nope. So to all the folks who praised his “newfound youth” or his “refreshing approach,” I call bullshit.
Miller: Also, that “Duquesne Whistle” music video…
Baca: What’s the matter? You don’t like Gap commercials?
Miller: I think I’d prefer a Gap commercial to that. What didn’t you like about FJM? It’s hard to differentiate the album from any Fleet Foxes music, which doesn’t bother me at all.
Baca: It’s not that I expected more from FJM. It’s that I was so severely (almost offensively) bored by the record. And I’m a fan of that quiet breed of folk-inspired gooeyness. It never connected with me, and I gave it multiple tries after so many of you kept telling me how great it was.
Miller: Yeah it’s not a great album by any means, but his voice, his melodies and the gentle atmosphere of the record just makes for an enjoyable listen. I probably won’t remember it a year from now, though. And you love any good vocalist, too. I’m surprised you can’t connect to that with FJM.
Baca: I might have to try. Again. One more time. For you, Matt. Only for you. Ha. But hey, let’s talk about Passion Pit. What happened there — from the sheer indie pop brilliance of “Manners” to … “Gossamer”? Were you ever a fan? Did you dig the new record?