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My general conception of great nineties guitar-based alternative music is indelibly centralized around Polvo, a band formed in 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Polvo’s earliest recordings consist of fairly unabashed, aggressive, mathy post-punk (check out 1993’s Today’s Active Lifestyles for a sprawling distortional romp), while its output in later years saw the band cross-fade its former ideas with approaches more proggy and Eastern-tinged before its break-up in 1998.
This specific track is the closer off of the band’s excellent In Prism, the 2009 reunion album, which I was hesitant to approach. Turns out that that fear was unfounded, since this plays not so much as a backward-glancing money-grabber as a series of long-churning ideas pensively pressed. The album, produced by the great Brian Paulson, is out on Merge Records.
This song is off Deer Tick’s album War Elephant. Fun fact, the album was originally released on Feow! Records in 2007, but due to disputes, the group signed with Partisan Records, and War Elephant was re-released in 2008.
This song by Ryan Lewis samples “Fake Empire” by the National. It was never officially released, but seen mostly through this video. The video is a really awesome representation of the song, check it out.
I’ve been bumping Neon Indian’s new album Era Extraña (Mom + Pop Music, 2011) repeatedly since its release. The album was recorded entirely in Helsinki, Finland in the middle of a frosty winter. As a teaser to the album, lead singer Alan Palomo released clips of him walking around Helsinki while looking mysteriously cool. The album doesn’t sound like it was recorded in winter though – it channels a vibrant, summer vibe reminiscent of their debut album, Psychic Chasms. “Polish Girl” is the first single off the new album and is definitely one of my favorites. It highlights Palomo’s musical growth; it feels much more mature and well crafted than anything off the last album. Check it out!
This Sunday (TOMORROW) Duluth, Minnesota’s LOW are playing at Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater, thanks to KRCC. Tickets are $10 with a student ID at the Worner Desk in the Worner Center. Doors open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00.
Check out the band’s website to get a sense of their sound, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure.
Maverick Sabre is a definite up and coming artist out of the UK. Before you check out the music video for his new single, “I Need” take a look at the picture above and try to imagine what his voice sounds like. Then get blown away by the mountain of soul he brings to the track. This is the kind of song that makes you look up and sing to some higher power. Sabre’s new album comes out January.
Teo is a sophomore at CC. He likes all sorts of music. He has a radio show every Tuesday 7-9pm. Check it out.
Low’s latest album–their ninth–was released by Sub Pop in April. As with all their previous efforts, C’mon is a slow-burner, revealing itself in time to be a careful study in restraint and a critical examination of us, here, today.
Be sure to check them out on Sunday, September 25th at Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater at 7pm. Check out KRCC’s website for more details.