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Budokan Boys


  1. 1.
    The Magic Beggar
  2. 2.
    So Broken Up About You Dying
  3. 3.
    Rip U
  4. 4.
    Dee Wants Death
  5. 5.
    Sleeping Doggies
Budokan Boys is the weird, acerbic pop project of multi-instrumentalist Jeff T Byrd and vocalist Michael Jeffrey Lee.
The duo formed in New Orleans in 2012, but are now based in Europe. When Byrd and Lee got together in 2019 to record their new album, they were in bad shape. Byrd had recently lost his father, and Lee his brother. They decided the new album would need to address these losses—that it would be a “death record"—but that it might explode the satire of their previous releases and move toward something heavier, more cosmic and more mysterious.
The resulting album, So Broken Up About You Dying, is part danse macabre, part grotesque séance, and 100% manic memorial. The program boasts a dreamy, saxophone-spiked overture, a weeping-and-wailing Greek chorus, soliloquies by a number of unstable characters, an absurd, murderous climax, and a mind-bending denouement (featuring guest vocals by Lenka Soukupová). The dearly departed would be proud.


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