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2008-09-05 00:00:16

By MARCUS O'DAIR FIVE TO WATCH THE DODOS News that the NME has declared The Dodos' new album one of this summer's must-have releases might raise sceptical sneers, but the magazine is absolutely right: Visiter is a corker. And rather than the usual indie shmindie, as moribund as their flightless namesake, this Californian duo instead peddle a distinctive take on psych- tinged folk. It's more upbeat and rhythmic than Sufjan Stevens or The Shins, however, the whole thing underpinned by...

2008-08-29 00:00:27

By Andy Gill BRIAN WILSON That Lucky Old Sun Capitol *** On his first coherent new project in years, Brian Wilson reverts to his default setting to offer a billet-doux to his beloved hometown of Los Angeles. Named after the old standard whose fond reverie bookends the album, and hoves periodically back into earshot throughout, That Lucky Old Sun is a concept album in which Wilson's balmy fantasies of LA's golden Sixties, and the darker memories of his mental illness - mostly channelled...


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drawcansir
  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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