In all this hubub of getting ready to leave for popfest, I keep forgetting that one of my all time favorite bands, The Apples In Stereo, are playing! I’ve been so focused on learning about all of the bands that I didn’t previously know about, just so I wouldn’t miss something by accident, that it’s hardly registered that Friday night will close out with the wonderful stylings of Elephant 6 legends. When everyone gushes about their undying love of Neutral Milk Hotel and Olivia Tremor Control and all related projects of those bands, all I can think about is how much I love the Apples (OK, I’ve probably just lost friends for admitting that on the internet).
I’m pretty much a sucker for anything that rips off the Beatles and 60’s psych-pop well, and Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo does it better than anyone. While his love songs are often about space (and sometimes time travel), it still feels incredibly heartfealt. While the new Apples stuff delves way more into an ELO territory, it’s still completely amazing and his pop genius still shines through all the vocoder. I’ll have to stretch beforehand to make sure I can dance my ass off all night.
There are too many Apples favorites to pick just one, but this clip of perrenial live favorite “Ruby”, which generally features guest vocals by whatever friends are there (in this case, TIG favorites Poison Control Center and Fishboy), completely embodies the true spirit of Athens Popfest (though it was not recorded there): playing music with and for your friends and other like-minded folks. It envariably ends up in a crazy dance party.[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzfriZOeeaU]