When I bought the Art Museums‘ Rough Frame that came out on Woodsist a few weeks ago, the record store clerk asked me what it sounded like. I gave her a blank stare, a shrug and told her I had no idea. The record had caught my attention with it’s cover art. I plucked it from the bin and then saw that their name was the Art Museums and that it was on Woodsist. The stars had seemingly aligned for a purchase of something I had never heard before.
I brought it home, plopped it on the turntable and was aghast at my good luck. A band that seemed immersed in the Flying Nun and Creation catalogs from the early 80’s, some Television Personalities and the psych rock jems Tobin Sprout use to pepper Guided by Voices albums. This album was evidently designed specifically to make a nostalgia obsessed old guy like myself happy and content to know that they still can make records like they use to.
After doing a little research I found out that this record just didn’t appear out of nowhere. The duo Josh Alper (Whysp) and Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, Blithe Sons, Teenage Panzerkorps) got together last year in San Francisco and recorded it using vintage 80’s analog equipment to keep the vibe totally authentic. The album is a short nine songs, but there are another two songs to come in the form of a 7″ single due on Woodsist later this year. Here’s to my good luck, I’m off to buy a lottery ticket.