#460 ‘Disconnect the Dots’ by Of Montreal (17 Apr)

Album: Satanic Panic in the Attic, 2004

Justification: Hey, it’s my damn blog and I can have whatever I want. Even if its a relatively obscure song by a barely known band (at least outside of the realm of Pitchfork, who voted this song the 260th best song of the 2000s), but it’s an enduring favourite in my brain and therefore gets a place here. Even though this whole album kind of marked the point where I stopped loving OM quite so much: they started off as part of the Elephant 6 bands (along with the Apples in Stereo, Beulah, Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control and a whole lot of other bands that are amazing), and they came out of Athens, Georgia (REM, B-52s, Love Tractor, Five-Eight, Magnapop, a lot of other bands that are amazing), and they were amaz… well, you get the drift.

Like most of Of Montreal's albums, this cover looks like history's most terrifying rococco acid trip

By this album, though, Of Montreal was effectively Kevin Barnes – at least in the studio. Live he’d put a touring band together, and dress them in elaborate costumes and make ’em dance around. And while I loved this album, I’m not a huge fan of the subsequent three discs. Although that was partially from seeing them live at Manning Bar a couple of years ago, when they suffered from the same sort of shitty front of house that had also made Okkervil River kinda suck. Honestly, if there’s more than about three people on stage, that PA just can’t cope.

But anyway, I love this song. Join me.

SONG YOU SHOULD HAVE REDISCOVERED THIS TIME IN 2010 and 2011: Neither? Really? Maybe it was an Easter holiday or something. Terrible. Anyway, let’s see what else was happening in 2004.


455. The Smiths: Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (10 Apr)

 456. Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper: Elvis is Everywhere (11 Apr)

457. Jens Lekman: You Are The Light (12 Apr)

458. The Magnetic Fields: Andrew in Drag (13 Apr)

459. Cracker: Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now) (16 Apr)