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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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Ha Ha Tonka

Ooooooh! In the next month, Ha Ha Tonka is playing some small venue shows with cheap ticket prices around the midwest; this is your chance to get up close and personal with Missouri’s finest young band. Here’s them covering Black Betty (an older song than I thought) at a show that looks like just too much fun. What more could you want?

Valentine’s Day, they team up with Split Lip (awesome, of course; also, this band Ludo sounds like they’ll be likeable live). Bonus, Bloodshot Records is featuring them at South by Southwest. Check the recently announced SXSW list here.

February 14 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note w/Split Lip Rayfield
February 27 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar w/Ludo
February 28 – Chicago, IL – Metro w/Ludo
March 7 – Decorah, IA – Luther College
March 10 – Waverly, IA – Wartburg College
March 15 – Austin, TX – Red Eyed Fly as part of SXSW

Ha Ha Tonka‘s Buckle in the Bible Belt (buy it!) was one of my favorite albums of 2007. They call their music foot-stompin’ indie rock, but I think it’s also deserving of the “dash-slappin’ good” descriptor. High praise, indeed. Turn up the volume for this live cut of them at The Blue Note in Columbia playing St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor, perhaps one of my top ten songs of 2007. Yeah. That good.

Download three live cuts and two studio cuts at My Old Kentucky Blog. Also, you can download five songs recorded live by these personable musician at the HearYa studio. Thanks to those blogs for creating live material with quality sound.

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Favorite Albums of 2007

I am so incensed by the exclusion of Into the Wild’s soundtrack from year-end lists, I am creating a 2007 best albums list. Everyone else thinks they’re righting the world’s wrongs, too, but so be it.

stellasplice’s favorite albums of 2007:

Boxer ~ The National
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Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild ~ Eddie Vedder
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The Shepherd’s Dog ~ Iron & Wine
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Because of the Times ~ Kings of Leon
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Marry Me ~ St. Vincent
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Glory Hope Mountain ~ The Acorn
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Buckle in the Bible Belt ~ Ha Ha Tonka
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Oh, My Darling ~ Basia Bulat
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Music for the Motion Picture Once ~ Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard
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Rust Belt Blues ~ Oliver Buck
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The Stage Names ~ Okkervil River
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These two were quite good, but I unfairly wanted them to be Wolf Parade and The Shins, respectively, so I never could fall for them wholeheartedly:
Random Spirit Lover ~ Sunset Rubdown
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? ~ Of Montreal (though it is my fav. Of Montreal disc)

I love the following artists. However good their 2007 discs may have been, they did not measure up to the artists’ previous releases, so they have been relegated to addendum status:
The White Stripes
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
José González
The New Pornographers
Beirut (he swallowed up Alaska in Winter, too)
Modest Mouse
The Shins
Elliott Smith
The Polyphonic Spree


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