Label: Domino Release date: 24/05/10 Link: Myspace Well, Quasi are back with a new single, and while 'Bye Bye Blackbird' sits at six and a half minutes, it is almost enough to warrant an extended mix. And while the song’s verses stand out as almost too maudlin, the tune manages to pull itself up by its own bootstraps. All past releases aside, American Gong was one of Quasi’s most deserving of the reviews it got. Nothing too stellar, and yet not by any means bad, it sits as being about a 7/10 (which was its average, last time I checked); album centerpiece and extended jam ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ seems like an odd choice. Gentle, lilting melodies and solid backups from Janet Weiss (you know, his drummer and SM & The Jicks’ drummer, and Sleater-Kinney’s drummer) betray the noise jam that makes up the bulk and the meat of the song. Sure, it is a real blast to hear Sam Coomes sing about LSD and DMT in the song’s final verse before erupting into some dulcet boy/girl harmonies, and sure it is a kick to be faked out with the end of the jam, but really, is there another lost three-minute section of jam? If nothing else, it can be said that this song’s venture into the weird is part of its appeal. While it could have been a choice to edit out sections of this and make a three-minute song, by keeping everything intact makes it a bigger statement. Sure the Hot Shit! LP was all anti-war and sure When The Going Gets Dark was a nice but typical Quasi affair, but ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ manages to say “Fuck that shit, we’re gonna make you listen.” And you know what – it’s worth it. Ultimately, it is going to be a good summer for music, and Quasi have managed to make a full length song a contender in the fight. Then again, it is almost a bizarre anachronism to hear a band that leaves behind the '80s sounds let alone to expect such a long song to be so immediately likable, given the ADHD of most listeners (then again, I do listen to 25 minute long Merzbow pieces with ease....). Now I will kindly wait for an extended mix....1980s 12" style. Photobucket