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Post Rock Radio: Episode 4

April 13, 2009

The Thermals can ‘See,’ David Byrne appears with the Dirty Projectors, Dylan ain’t going nowhere, Elvis lives and London’s Shortwave Set let Danger Mouse play the harmonica. All that in 17 minutes? Fresh, posted rock is ready for your enjoyment …

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1) The Thermals — Now We Can See

Portland’s own Thermals have cooled both in intensity and content on their fourth album, the band’s first for Kill Rock Stars. The disc is pretty boring, save this catchy single that’s been out for more than a month.

2) David Byrne and Dirty Projectors — Knotty Pine

Can I be honest? I don’t really care for Brooklyn art-rockers the Dirty Projectors. Don’t really get what all the buzz is about. That said, any friend of David Byrne’s is a friend of my ears. This sharp single off the Dark Was the Night charity compilation might be the best of the 30-plus songs presented on that collection.

3) Bob Dylan — Behind Here Lies Nothin

Dylan continues to defy all human law and release relevant albums well into his fifth decade in business. This single, unfortunately, is Modern Times with a zydeco twist. So, it’s good, not great. His next album, Together Through Life, drops April 28.

4) Elvis Perkins — Shampoo

This singer-songwriter performs with two other guys as Elvis Perkins in Dearland. The self-titled sophomore LP leaves a lot to be desired, but this tune, the opening track, really shines. Quality lyrics like “Black is the color of a strangled rainbow,” make this one stick.

5) The Shortwave Set — Harmonica

This psychedelic outfit from London somehow hooked up with Danger Mouse for their latest full-length, awesomely called Replica Sun Machine on Wall of Sound records.

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