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Post Rock Radio No. 8

June 2, 2009

Is Paul and the Patients your new favorite band? If you don’t think so, there are a few other good ones to choose from. Post Rock Radio rolls on …

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1) The Coast – Tightrope

I love young Toronto bands. The Born Ruffians, for example, made my favorite album last year. I really liked Tokyo Police Club before they released an album. There are probably a few others I love that I think come from American cities, but actually come from Toronto.

I’ve kind of had enough of the fuzz-rock thing, but these guys make it sound damn good with at least two different beats that go in several directions. They all come together in an odd, but enjoyable way and even collide long enough for a chanty “hey, hey you” chorus. Well done!

2) Okkervil River — Pop Lie

This Austin, Texas folk-rock band does a great Next Year’s Model-era Costello impression. Fun tune in the vein of their last single, “Lost Coastlines,” and great lyrics in the vein of, well, Okkervil River.

3) Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band — Nikorette

Conor has gone completely Dylan on his latest Outer South, cut with his Mystic Valley Band that joined him on the tour for his first “solo” effort without the Bright Eyes name. This track is pretty much what you get from Mr. Oberst, the new American troubador.

4) Paul and the Patients — Blogspot

Where have all the New York City bands gone? They’re getting old. Here’s a Torch-bearing contender I really like: contemporary song title, catchy mumble chorus, pop friendly rawk stylings. Let’s see what Paul Holmes and his homies can do with their American Myth Recordings To the Lions EP — reissue in six months, anyone?

5) Akron/Family — River

With a Kings of Leon raga bounce, these Williamsport, Pa., lads make some interesting Americana. Their new album, Set ‘Em Wild, Set ‘Em Free is getting plenty of attention. I’m cool with that.


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