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One of Northern California’s best-kept secrets, Anton Barbeau can walk the streets of his Sacramento home in anonymity. But book him a show in London or Germany, and the middle-aged tunesmith will sell out the venue to rabid fans. His 2009 album Plastic Guitar furthers his journey into a post–Sgt. Pepper's landscape, where bygone psychedelia and modern-day power pop flourish side by side. The opening tune, “Bending Like a Spoon,” is both heady and catchy, conjuring spirits of bygone freakbeat while its production resists forging a mid-'60s sound in the studio with the authenticity of Civil War re-creationists. Plastic Guitar if rife with sonic anachronisms, but they make Barbeau’s songs sound more original and innovative. The title track is such a song, blending backmasking antics of yore and classic six-string pop architecture with contemporary tones that sound lifted right off a Guitar Center showroom floor. Even when inflecting like a young George Harrison in “Banana Song,” Barbeau poetically paints his surreal and lysergic lyrics with 21st-century imagery.


Born: California

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The term "cult hero" was practically created for Anton Barbeau, whose offbeat yet tuneful guitar pop bears the stamp of predecessors like XTC and Robyn Hitchcock. In 1994, Anton Barbeau and the JoyBoys' debut album, The Horse's Tongue, won the SAMMIE Award (Sacramento, CA) for Album of the Year. In 1997, Barbeau's "Octagon" appeared on the Best of American Pop compilation Yellow Pills 4, alongside artists such as the Plimsouls, Material Issue, and Jason Falkner. In 1999, he released Antology, Vol....
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Plastic Guitar, Anton Barbeau
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Sep 28, 2009

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