OK, we’re gonna make this real easy, i.e. Google-able, and hyper-local: What Cass McCombs album contains the song “City Of Brotherly Love”? First Phawker reader to email us at FEED@PHAWKER.COM with the correct answer wins two tix to see Cass McCombs at Johnny Brendas on Sunday July 17th. Put CASS in the subject line and include a cell phone number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed.
PITCHFORK: Over the course of his previous four albums, McCombs fashioned himself an enigmatic vagabond in the classic Dylan mold, yet it wasn’t until 2009’s Catacombs that his enigma started to feel more like a complement than a crutch. While he may have let his wit get the better of him before through knowingly obtuse lyrics and showy arrangements, WIT’S END fittingly leaves those days behind. This is a gorgeous album of despair, the most believable evidence yet that McCombs is living up to his own legend. MORE