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Post Rock Radio returns …

May 18, 2009

Sorry about that whole taking a month off and not planning and/or telling anyone about it thing. Post Rock Radio makes a somewhat triumphant return with a five-song set that starts in Manitoba and ends on a Hill. Alright, let’s cut the crap and get to the music …

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1) Paper Moon – Say It’s All Over

This Winnipeg five-piece makes some pretty pop that sounds pretty perfect coming from the mouths of the band’s two front-women. It would appear the band has a decent following in their native land. This catchy cut is off their third release, Only During Thunderstorms.

2) Mates of State – My Only Offer

These two are certainly the premiere husband-and-wife indie rock duo. This single off last year’s Rearrange Us is pretty representative of their work – some keyboards, traded verses and a whole lotta cute.

3) Cursive – From the Hips
I really haven’t cared about this band since 2003’s intriguing Ugly Organ. The Saddle Creek torchbearers piqued my interest in their latest Mama, I’m Swollen with this single. “From the Hips” integrates subtly poetic imagery with the heart of a basic breakup song.

4) Ezra Furman and the Harpoons – Worm in the Apple
These Boston boys created one of the most interesting debuts of 2008. Most often giving off a Decemberists vibe, the Harpoons know how to craft acoustic-based pop in Dylan’s vein. My only criticism is they get a little repetitive and long-winded. If you like this tune, you can pick up “Take Off Your Sunglasses,” the band’s foot-stompin’ single from Inside the Human Body for free.

5) Superchunk – Learned to Surf (Acoustic Demo)

This outtake from the Chapel Hill, N.C., band’s first significant recording in eight years shows the Merge stalwarts still got it. Leaves in the Gutter is a tidy set worth a listen if you’re into the ‘Chunk, but this version of the main song is the only thing you need to hear more than once.

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