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||Bending Like a Spoon||Anton Barbeau||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Plastic Guitar||Anton Barbeau||3:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Doctor Take Care||Anton Barbeau||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dear Miss||Anton Barbeau||4:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Used to Say Your Name||Anton Barbeau||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Boat Called Home||Anton Barbeau||4:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Raino Disco ('Bout the Raino)||Anton Barbeau||8:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Say It With Ease||Anton Barbeau||2:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Quorn Fingers||Anton Barbeau||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Banana Song||Anton Barbeau||4:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Better Drink Your Water||Anton Barbeau||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Eye Kinda||Anton Barbeau||3:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
Years Active: '90s, '00s