My Favorite New Song (Vincent Minor’s “Late Night Show”)

October 20, 2010 | By | COMMENTS

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been on something of a CD-buying spree. On iTunes I’ve purchased two new Sufjan Stevens CDs (“The Age of Adz” & “All Delighted People”), Noah & The Whale’s “The First Days of Spring,” a vintage Phil Ochs CD “Pleasures of the Harbor” and Arcade Fire’s latest, “The Suburbs.” But the one I keep going back to again and again is a CD by a little-known artist named Vincent Minor.

I first read about him on this gay blog I read called Towleroad. In the post about him, it described his music as “a tapestry of post-modern indie-pop with echoes of Tin Pan Alley.” More appealing to me it said: “Those unsatisfied with the overproduced and 808-saturated offerings from gay and gay-adjacent artists will find refuge in Minor’s Broadway-ready arms.” You say “Broadway,” I click “Purchase.”

The song above, “Late Night Show,” is my favorite song on the CD. I actually think the Broadway reference is a bit misleading; this song, as bouncy as it is, has a certain angstiness to it that reminds me a bit of Jon Brion (a music producer who’s worked with Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann & Michael Penn.) Jon Brion released a CD of his own a few years ago that was similarly eclectic.

As far as whole CDs go, I think the new Arcade Fire makes for a better album in terms of cohesiveness and overall experience (Vincent Minor’s sort of peters out by the end), but in terms of best individual song, the prize, for me, goes to “Late Night Show.”

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