The Dismemberment Plan: “The People’s History of the Dismemberment Plan”


Disc One’s retrospective displays what made the Plan so incredible in the first place: air-tight melodies, searing hooks, mercurial vocals delivering sharp lyrical narratives and drum work that’s as muscular as 100 nail guns performing the Art Blakey catalog. On the remix disc, fans digitally dismember these same tracks, rendering them nearly unrecognizable. Spastic punk and minor-key pathos become spooky dub, silicon-sputtering acid-jazz or the occasional laptop meltdown. The reconfiguration of “Superpowers,” however, is one of few to retain the feel of the original. Fusing a bare vocal track to an acoustic guitar sample (The Faces’ “Ooh La La,” perhaps?), this intimate synth-pop anthem is transformed into a bohemian folk ballad.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

"The People's History of the Dismemberment Plan" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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