Saturday, July 7, 2007

Surprise!!!

Well, while I wait for everyone else to wake up so I can get my beach on I thought I would scan elbo and post some of the hotter songs right now.

Okkervil River - Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe The latest offering, The Stage Names, doesn't drop until Aug 7, but take a sip and see what you think. If this first track if any indication, I think they are building on the momentum of Black Sheep Boy

Architecture in Helsinki - Heart It Races I'm still not sure where I stand on this track. Heavy on percussion with steel drums mixed in and vaguely reminicent of Flight of the Conchord's Boom song from a couple of episodes ago. It's a good summer track, but I don't think it is destined for greatness. Still it is worth a listen. I'd love to hear more comments on this one.

The New Pornographers - Myriad Harbor I'll be the first to admit that I just haven't been able to get behind past New Pornographers efforts, but I'm loving this new track. Call & response pop and catchy as hell.

Stars - The Night Starts Here Generally I'm a fan on the use of repition in songs and it certainly helps this innocuous pop track that screams for a pounding remix.

Tom Waits & Kronos Quartet - Way Down In The Hole What can I say? Waits customary gravely voice full of piss and fury backed by the hippest string quartet in the world. If you are a Waits can, you'll love it, if not well then... BTW I likey

Spoon - The Underdog I wasn't going to post because it has been covered by almost every other blog out there, but it is just too damn good to ignore. Great melody (think Billy Joel's Only the Good Die Young) complete with a horn section. This is one great song. And the new record is out July 10.

Savannah Smiles
(Okkervil River) Also from their forthcoming The Stage Names