Friday, February 25, 2011

Cousin Dan rocks Star Bar

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 12:23 PM

  • Terence Rushin

Last Saturday at Star Bar, Cousin Dan gave a performance worthy of 20 dollars for the unbeatable price of $5. It was a small price to pay to dance along to poppy Auto-Tuned cheesiness that ingeniously tied together skilled musicianship and satirical performance. Could it be that Dan has put out the record Kanye should have thought of when he released his Auto-Tuned miss 808s & Heartbreaks?

Cousin Dan came to the stage and enveloped the room in a cloud of fog and lights. His dance moves were amazingly smooth and the fancy footwork on "Internet Girlfriend" was surprisingly nimble for someone who tends to operate as many as three pieces of electronic equipment per song as he makes a farce of mainstream music's corny themes. It's like making fun of cheesy ’80s hair metal mixed with how we will eventually reminisce on the cheesy Auto-Tuned pop of the 2000s. Somehow, Cousin Dan manages to make his music completely guilt-free.

"Internet Girlfriend"
Internet Girlfriend by Cousin Dan

With balloons and glow sticks sailing around the room during "Internet Girlfriend," he projected the ingredients every pop star must have: charisma that oozes out of every pore, a genuine intensity, and cool confidence that makes wearing spandex pants, a silver crotch piece and sunglasses seem absolutely acceptable. As the goodness progressed, everyone from the seen-it-all hipsters to the twentysomething bro-dude and his thirtysomething cougar clamored and climbed over one another to soak in a bit more of the Dan aura. By the time he got to his soon-to-be-classic "I Walked With Jesus," the Star Bar was in a frenzied state of the most comfortably chaotic dance party. Then Cousin Dan began to rip at the seams of what looked like a Bible, but was really a cleverly disguised phone book. As he ended magnanimously with a remixed and 808 beat-laced version of "Free Bird," complete with the ultimate rock god guitar solo, a friend of mine leaned into me and said, "I don't know whether to laugh at him or just shut up and dance. But either way this was awesome!"

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