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Noah Bonaparte Pais on Seth Kauffmann's Jan. 12 appearance at the Circle Bar


Famous fans are about the best friends a musician can make — just ask Grizzly Bear or Carly Rae Jepsen. Seth Kauffmann doesnt have Jay-Z or Justin Bieber on speed dial (yet), but his Floating Action records gave forever copacetic My Morning Jacket frontman/shaman Jim James a start. Knighting his previous album Desert Etiquette "a relatively unknown masterwork of our times," James swooned over Kauffmann's least immediate (though still woozily charmed) release, likening it to "dancing in crotchless lederhosen across the sunny side of the Swiss Alps ... knowing and believing fully with every ounce of your heart and soul that all of the universe, and all of its creatures great and small, is/are/was/were always on your side." Chalk up the fanciful hyperbole to the intoxicatingly warm crackle and unbalanced wobble of warped vinyl. His fifth LP Fake Blood, issued on James' Removador label, is enough to inspire a highly suspicious Jamesian sonnet: "Seized" laying out the latitudinal boundaries, vintage sea-level island pop and lo-fi alpine stoner funk; "Been Broken," on which Kaufmann blows the Flaming Lips a kiss while sleepwalking with Santo & Johnny; and "Complete the Myth" a loved-on and lived-in George Harrison bonhomie. "My plate is empty but my spoon is poised," he sings on "Not What I Came For." He'll get by, with or without a little help from his friends. Lackadaisies and Carbon Poppies open. Admission $5. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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