In 1999 Spoon temporarily called Saddle Creek home for a 7-inch and, in retrospect, it’s sort of like seeing Ryne Sandberg in a Phillies uniform or Chauncey Billups in Celtics green — a temporary but undeniably crucial early shaming that ultimately directed their Hall of Fame trajectory. Spoon would certainly write better songs, but The Agony of Laffitte is the stuff of minor legend, a sarcastic attack on their former Elektra A&R in the vein of John Fogerty’s “Zaentz Can’t Dance” that temporarily salved Britt Daniel’s wounds during the last time his band was deemed a failure rather than a fixture amongst the indie elite. As the saying goes, comedy is tragedy plus time.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.22.14 in Galleries
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By Marc Hogan on 10.31.14 in News
The night before Halloween belonged to stubborn auteurs who've made some of the year's finest albums. Mike Hadreas's Perfume Genius project made its network-TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman; performing the boom...
By Marc Hogan on 08.05.14 in News
UPDATE: Spoon also performed their new album's showstopper, "Inside Out," backstage as an online exclusive, stripped down to just keyboard and vocals; scroll down for that. Spoon's previous album, 2010's Transference,...
By Marc Hogan on 08.05.14 in Reviews
When Britt Daniel recently defined Spoon's sound as "indefinable" in an interview with Texas Monthly, he had a point. Two decades and eight albums in, the Austin band offers a fairly traditional rock lineup and an easily...