We don't know if Phillip Seymour Hoffman was inspired to pick up instruments after hearing Truman Peyote and watching Capote, but “Feel My Bones, See My Cones” (with Ben Danger and Noel Pointer) probably had more to do with Synecdoche, New York. Once you hear the pitch-shifted synth pop screed of “Firing Missiles at Christmas and Easter Island,” you're in Talented Mr. Ripley meets Strangers with Candy territory and there's no turning back, except for “Spring Break 2011,” that's got this melancholy hymnal thing that Reverend Veasey from Cold Mountain might bounce to with Father Brendan Flynn from Doubt. Guess what we're trying to say is for an LA-band with an actor's name, you're asking for some cultural reference points to make sense of highly eclectic yet consistent work. Kinda like an actor we've heard of. Shazam.
Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Friday at a house party that is being dubbed the Kennedy Space Center (269 Melrose, Apt 1) in Bushwick with Ethan, Master of the Ukulele from Austin.