Heidecker & Wood
Some Things Never Stay the Same - LITTLE RECORD COMPANY
FILTER Grade: 80%
By Zachary Sniderman on November 20, 2013
Cocaine is a really good drug if you want to stay awake. It’s also a fitting way to open your album of love notes and/or total send-ups of the great ’70s rock songwriters. Album opener, literally titled “Cocaine,” has a bit of Warren Zevon; “This Is Life” has a bit of Steely Dan (OK, a lot of Steely Dan); “Getaway Man” and “Salvation Street” both have a bit of Springsteen (rearview mirrors, rock marches and all). Heidecker is a gonzo comedian who can actually sing and his partner, composer Davin Wood, can certainly riff on the greats. Some Things Never Stay the Same is like a mixtape, but it has the same problems as a mixtape: like a “best of” with little continuity other than an organizing love for genre. It’s fun, it’s derivative, it’s about 30 years too late, but it’s also rock solid. Some Things… would be funnier if it wasn’t so accomplished.