Shady – Narcotic Candy

Shady – Narcotic Candy

Despite being a fan of both Mercury Rev and Seam, it somehow escaped my notice that Rev founder David Baker and Seam main man Sooyoung Park had collaborated on some music under the name Shady, after Baker’s departure from MR.

The guitar does a languid, very Seam-y thing, right before the vocals start; what’s strange is how well Park’s trademark grace and restraint, is subsumed into Baker’s typical everything-all-the-time lysergic chaotic noise-pop excess. It probably helps that there’s a sturdy, pretty melody in here that all parties can agree on.

What belated discoveries related to your favorites have you made? Are you a Chris Gaines fan who just now found out about this “Garth Brooks” fellow? Are you a U2 listener who finally got around to hearing the Passengers album?

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23 thoughts on “Shady!

  1. Silver Jews! I was a Pavement fanatic in college and had heard some from the various side projects, but American Water felt like a lost best-of album (and still holds up today).


    • Do I lose all indie cred if I admit that I, a person who remembers having to special-order Slanted & Enchanted back in the day (and is contemplating a post on “Pavement’s Saddest Songs”) and owns multiple records by the Halo Benders, have never heard a Silver Jews album? I am sure I have heard at least a song or two on a mixtape, but darned if I can remember them.


  2. Thanks to Glyph, I came late to Neon Neon, a side project of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys.

    I’ll also heartily recommend The Duckworth Lewis Method, a side project of Pugwash leader Thomas Walsh.


  3. The whole Shady record is pretty good (I have a copy on vinyl). It is definitely the alternative dimension’s Mercury Rev, as it sounds like the direction the band had on the first two records that was altered when Baker left/got kicked out of the band.


  4. In the early days of SNS, informed me that people who liked my band (a number in the mid-double-digits) also liked a particular Australian instrumental trio, and I found that they rubbed me up the right way, too. I navigated that rickety site to their page a lot and to enjoy their music and relatedly bask in a hipster, you’ve-probably-never-heard-of-them jacuzzi wash.

    Later a co-worker told me he was on the guest list for that band’s show in Tokyo that very evening and would I like to go, to which I was like, pope wear a funny hat. I told him I thought I was the one of the few people in the world that even knew of the band’s existence, and he said yeah, he just happened to know a mutual friend of the guitar player’s, and, you know, let’s go keep them company on their Japanese debut show.

    So we went, and the place was packed to the gills, and it was truly like one of the best shows I’ve ever seen, and afterwards in the bar the band was just hanging around and I got to chatting them up, and found out:

    1. The violinist’s wife is Japanese, so he is well acquainted with Tokyo.
    2. The guitar player’s wife is in an Australian band called Art of Fighting, which plays in Japan fairly often.
    3. The band members know each other from being Nick Cave’s band.


  5. If I may complain about being old, a co-worker made me listen to that “watch me” song.

    I made it from “watch me whip, now watch me nay nay, watch me whip whip, watch me nay nay” before running, screaming, from the room.

    I’m just now wondering whether the progression led to whip being repeated three or four times due to whips being added or multiplied and, if it’s the former, whether it’s just adding one whip or if it’s starting a fibonacci sequence.

    I assume “nay nay” is stable at two nays throughout the song.


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