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Post Rock Radio Vol. 2, Episode 4

March 14, 2010

Is keeping one eye on college basketball scores and two ears on the Thermals a good way to spend a Saturday evening? You bet your ass it is! Of course neither of those two obsessions have anything to do with this quality podcast.
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Be Sharpe

Will Hoge — Even if It Breaks Your Heart

The Wreckage is singer-songwriter Will Hoge’s body cast. This song is wound tight with thick, poignant memories set to Uncle Tupelo-worthy twang. Tom Petty fans, take note.

Spoon — Written in Reverse

As authors of two of my personal favorite albums of the last decade, Spoon gets automatic fanboy points whenever they release an album. They are consistently excellent and this song carries the torch of technical pop awesomeness for them. I felt the latest release Transference was not nearly as strong as this number that comes off tight despite its “messing around in the studio” feel.

Blitzen Trapper — Black River Killer

An extremely dark song with an extremely supreme story arch that would make Bruce Springsteen proud. In addition to having an extremely sweet name, Portland’s Blitzen Trapper has not done too bad for a band that began as a tongue-in-cheek Southern rock outfit.

They don't blow

Or, The Whale — Datura

I knew these San Franciscan folkies had something going when I first heard them back in 2009. Their self-titled debut is jam-packed with harmonized gems like this one. This is the kind of creme that finds it way to the top.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros — Home

The Internet buzz song of the year had to make my podcast at some point — it’s friggin’ addictive. And free. Their debut falls a bit flat and was overinflated by the hype, but on the whole, these California kids know what’s up. The random story in the middle of this one seals the deal for me.

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