The Hymns and The Flying Burrito Brothers

Yesterday I was introduced by *sixeyes to the band Hymns, and their album Travel in Herds comes out today! Buy it for 12 bucks from their label.

I’ve been letting the Hymns’ MySpace loop constantly. I downloaded three mp3s here to keep me until I can make it to my local record store.

Hymns are a summer-is-a-comin’ band. Roll down the windows even though it’s not quite warm enough yet. Dance around the kitchen in a sunbeam. You know, just what you needed in mid-March.

They’ve been compared to various shades of country rockers, Spin says something like early Wilco. I think it sounds like Spoon and Ha Ha Tonka collaborated to cover Flying Burrito Brothers songs, maybe produced by The Dandy Warhols. Thus, I’d like to take this chance to hype the recent release of the previously unearthed Gram Parsons with the Flying Burrito Brothers Live at the Avalon Ballroom 1969, which we should all buy from fledgling label Amoeba Records (yup, same as the store).

Download some tracks from Amoeba or one from Aquarium Drunkard.

Pitchfork calls this recording of the early FBBs opening for The Grateful Dead, “the rock equivalent of the Jackson Pollock discovered at a flea market, or the first-edition William Faulkner found in the dollar bin at a used book store.” If you need to remember why you need the FBB in your life right now, watch these videos:

Sin City
Dark End of the Street
Christine’s Tune
Six Days on the Road

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