August 20, 2009

I go crawling back to the city I love, ’cause it’s already taken everything


This toe-tapping song sparkles effervescently, with just the smallest hint of a western Texas twang. It’s peppered liberally with fantastic handclappy percussion (it kicks into full glory about 1:15 in) that reminds me of my favorite Simon & Garfunkel moments — or actually, Art and Paul with a fresh twist, like the Local Natives playing the backyard. It’s also thoroughly drenched in golden ’60s summer surfing harmonies.

After listening to it a handful of times, I was already singing along.

I counted twenty-seven birds up there today; I’m thinking that’s why I still love it here, I’m thinking that’s why I still love it here….”

Coney Island – Good Old War

only-way-to-be-aloneGood Old War is a trio from Pennsylvania, and this track is off their 2008 album Only Way To Be Alone. A few folks have written to me, urging me to take a listen, including one fella who breathlessly declared it his favorite album of the summer, maybe the year. Okay, I’ll happily bite, if this is a sample of what’s to come.

w/ The Honorary Title & Cory Branan

Aug 26 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
Aug 27 – W.Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
Aug 31 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
Sep 02 – Little Rock, AR @ Sticky Fingers
Sep 05 – Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Sep 06 – Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
Sep 07 – Shreveport, LA @ 516 Soundstage
Sep 08 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
Sep 09 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Sep 11 – San Diego, CA @ Epicentre
Sep 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
Sep 13 – San Francisco,CA @ Bottom of the Hill
Sep 14 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
Sep 16 – Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
Sep 18 – Boise, ID @ The Venue
Sep 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theater
Sep 20 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Sep 22 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
Sep 24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Sep 25 – Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe
Sep 26 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
Sep 27 – Covington, KY @ The Mad Hatter
Sep 29 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
Oct 02 – Harrisburg, PA @ Whittaker Center
Oct 03 – Allston, MA @ Harpers Ferry
Oct 04 Rockville Center, NY @ The Vibe Lounge
Oct 06 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s

[thanks Joe for the tip, song originally posted over at Tympanogram]

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  • Ooh! I think this means we partially “made it” as a blog, since yours was a big reason for me wanting to start one. So thanks.

    And, by the way – excellent, excellent song.

    Andy — August 21, 2009 @ 4:33 am

  • exactly what i needed today!!!

    Roger — August 21, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  • Great band, great blog, great post. No mention of their amazing previous band Days Away, though? Listen to “God and Mars” and “T. Cline’s Decline”, hell anything from Mapping An Invisible World, and tell me it’s not golden.

    Drew — August 22, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

  • hi i’ve been following your blog for agessss now. we have super similar musical taste. my major influences are ryan adams, the white stripes, the kills, oasis, elliott smith, cat power, bright eyes etc. anyway!i think you’ll like it, hopefully :)
    i hope you give me a listen maybe post me on your blog :)thanks so much.

    tess — August 23, 2009 @ 9:53 am

  • Nice! This will be in my head for a while.

    Zach — August 23, 2009 @ 7:05 pm

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