Happy National Daft Punk Day to you. Hopefully, you got your vinyl today, put on your favorite lounge outfit, poured yourself a glass of pinot and soaked in the glory of a new album. Or, you're just a cheap ass and listening to it online for free.
Speaking of which, I purposely didn't listen to the advance stream. I was hoping the duo wouldn't stream it and let the whole world experience it the way music should be -- on a sweet sound system without headphones. Call me old fashion, but I still get a kick from getting a new album, on vinyl or CD, and opening the package. I got the vinyl in the mail today because ye olde local record store didn't bother to get copies or only got three. I admit it, it was rather cool taking the wrapper off and placing it on the turntable. It goes with the whole nostalgia quotient Daft Punk is going with this album, relying on instruments and recording it in a studio with veteran musicians.
As for the premature ejaculations over the awesomeness of the album, I agree with everything DJ Pangburn at Vice's Motherboard says about the phenomenon, the internet ruins music. "Everything is about velocity. The internet has virtually zero patience for thoughtful, reasoned critique. It can't wait." Wait until the new season of Arrested Development is released on Sunday.
I fallback to High Fidelity ot my thoughts on RAM, "I haven't really absorbed that one." Daft Punk has created this Stanley Kubrick mystique about them -- taking their time making new material, give little interviews or insight into their thought process. When it does come out, it's exciting times and will undoubtedly polarize people. After that groundbreaking live tour, they entered into superstar/brand name status with the likes of U2, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, where they could fart into a can and people will love it.
Basically, celebrate the new album, and just enjoy it on its own terms. Accept the fact that they are not going to make Homework II or Discovery, Part II.