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The New Pornographers and Okkervil River — Write Your Own Review

The New Pornographers (with Neko Case) and Okkervil River performed Thursday, April 17, at the Georgia Theater. Gigs on this tour have been reviewed by music bloggers before (Chromewaves, ChartAttack, The Wheel’s Still In Spin). Now it’s your turn.


Instead of reviewing the show, I am asking my fellow concert-goers to post their own reviews and reactions in the comments section of this post. So bring it on, folks! Enthuse, critique, swoon, and/or squabble at will!

For those of you who don’t know, the beautiful cauldron of musical ferment that is Athens, Georgia, spawned R.E.M., The B-52s, Pylon, Widespread Panic, Neutral Milk Hotel, Indigo Girls, Drive-By Truckers, Danger Mouse, etc.

Watch a ten-minute taste of the 1987 documentary Athens, GA: Inside/Out about the camaraderie of the artists active in this mid-80s in this college town. And if you really want to geek on the Athens music scene, take a musical history tour.


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Okkervil River and The New Pornographers

Okkervil River and The New Pornographers are touring together; some tickets are already on sale. Each band had a quality 2007 album. Get excited!

April 09 – Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
April 10 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom
April 11 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
April 12 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall in Homestead
April 13 – Ithaca, NY – The State Theater of Ithaca
April 14 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
April 16 – Richmond, VA – Toad’s Place
April 17 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
April 18 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery
April 19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 20 – Chicago, IL – Riviera
April 21 – Madison, WI – Orpheum
April 22 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Pull up both bands‘ MySpaces in sequence to pretend you’re already at the show. Or just buy their discs.

To download live material from these groups courtesy of member-supported public radio, visit NPR’s World Cafe or NPR’s concerts (this one at D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel) for Okkervil River and NPR’s World Cafe and MPR’s The Current for The New Pornographers.

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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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