Which is too bad because the music of Beachwood Sparks is actually pretty great, beautifully layered, catchy and accomplished, featuring effects that sound more like video-game noises than anything used by the bands they're re-interpreting.
To be honest, I love the album. The harmonies are exquisite. The melodies make me cry. The songs stick in my head. If only I could leave it there. If only I could slam the door before the torrents of associated crap come rushing in. But I can't.
Of course, that might just be the stick up my ass talking.
Beachwood Sparks play with the Green and Yellow TV at Que Sera, 1923 E. 7th St., Long Beach, (562) 599-6170. Sat., 9 p.m. Call for cover. 21+.