Rock and Roll Night Club

Mac DeMarco - Rock and Roll Night Club
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Based on 6 reviews
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Based on 110 ratings
2012 Ratings: #215
March 27, 2012 / Release Date
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Rock and Roll Night Club is a confusing record, but not a mess. On the contrary, it's so deeply calculated that the intentions and possible motivations of its songs are likely to be lost on most.

Loud and Quiet

We’re happy to hear him purr on over one never-ending, laconic surf riff, though, because when ‘Rock And Roll Nightclub’ is at its least cavalier, it’s also at its most oddly exotic.

The 405

All grandiose interpretations aside, this is an album of solid, endearing catchy songs, and as a result it becomes one of the most pleasant listens that this year has yet to offer.


It's probably safe to assume that at least 80% of Night Club is laced with a meta joke that nobody's in on except DeMarco. It's usually still pretty funny, or in the very least, intriguingly odd.

No Ripcord

The cheeky nature of Rock and Roll Night Club inadvertently elevates its reputation – falling somewhere between classic pop and performance art, DeMarco’s talent for writing hooks should spurn any attempt to call it novelty.

Here is another one for today: Rock and Roll Night Club. Although this one was released month before his breakout "2", this album sounds a lot different. None of these songs are quite as polished as some of the singles off "2" such as Ode to Viceroy (yes this is polished compared to the songs on this album) and My Kind of Woman. There is reason for that though: Rock and Roll Night Club is a sort of concept album, similar to something you would here at 3 AM on a random AM ... read more
It's a comical record with self awareness of how goofy Mac DeMarco seems to be. This is OG DeMarco, and Mac whips out some of indie musics most promising and prosperous sounds. It's nice to come back and hear this from time to time and connect the dots we once didn't know where they lead.

I was never really a big fan of this EP. I have numerous problems with it. The production seems annoying and inconsistent to me, and along with that inconsistency comes the underlying ideas and concepts on here. This concept could've been done in a more concise and interesting way, but instead, the track list seems scattered and disjointed. I also never really got the Elvis voice on here either, as most of the time it gets buried within the muddy production. However, the guitar riffs ... read more
Mac Demarco's debut is an odd one as Rock and Roll Night Club sounds nothing like any of his other projects, you could get someone to listen to every other Mac record and then play this and they probably wouldn't even recognize him as the the opener comes in. This album has a very distinct personality and tone, Mac doesn't take himself too seriously here however this record is surprisingly brimming in atmosphere. Every track on here has this jangle rock lo-fi analogue sound, this added to the ... read more
In line with DeMarco's trademark personality, Rock and Roll Night Club is friendly and funny, but frequently off-kilter.
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Track List

  1. Rock and Roll Night Club
  2. 96.7 The Pipe
  3. Baby's Wearing Blue Jeans
  4. One More Tear To Cry
  5. European Vegas
  6. 106.2 Breeze FM
  7. She's Really All I Need
  8. Moving Like Mike
  9. Me and Jon, Hanging On
  10. I'm a Man
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