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Friday, January 19, 2007

Ladies and gentleman I have good news and bad news.  The good news is that I will be debuting the Side One: Track One podcast next Saturday and it is shaping up to be pretty great.  The bad news is that this will be the last Friday EP ever.  Starting next week a normal post will be up on Friday so that I can instead use the content of the EP to fill out my podcast.  I will have more details on what else will be in the podcast when it debuts next week so I hope you will return to check it out, until then enjoy the EP finale.

Friday EP Vol. 18

:Apostle Of Hustle - My Sword Hands Anger:  Many of you may know the main man behind this band, Andrew Whiteman, from his other mildly popular band, Broken Social Scene.  I missed AOH's first album so I can't say if their sound has progressed or not but I am totally in love with the pounding beats and the light acoustic guitars that create a really cool hypnotic type mood throughout the song.  It looks as if the new disc will certainly be interesting.

:David Vandervelde - Nothin' No:  Secretly Canadien is a pretty great label so it's no surprise that they would be the ones to discover a 22 year old kid who is on the forefront of helping revive 70's rock.  Nothin' No is an incredible song that makes me wonder what it was like in the 70's when music like this was everywhere.  Download this now and find relief in the fact that after it blows your mind you only have to wait until January 23 to pick up the entire disc.

:Deerhunter - Heatherwood:  Is it possible to have rhythm filled noise pop?  Generally noise pop just consists of slightly catchy songs that are incredibly fuzzed out but Deerhunter doesn't roll that way, they're the type of band that takes solace in making music however it plays out in their heads and not how it's suppose to be done.  I will definitely be looking into this band more in the near future.

:The Broken West - Down In The Valley:  Some of you may remember this band and the attention that they got shortly after they signed to Merge last year.  At that point they were called the Brokedown but since that was too close to some other band they were forced to change it to The Broken West.  Now the group is on the verge of releasing their debut for Merge and despite the legal issues they seem to have come out on the upbeat pop side of things.  I have found myself enjoying this song quite a bit so don't be surprised if it lodges itself in your head for awhile.

:Rosie Thomas - Much Farther To Go:  Supposedly the album that this folk-pop song is from was recorded in Sufjan Stevens' (who provides guest vocals) basement over an undisclosed amount of time.  I think that would  sufficiently explain why the song sounds so intimate and sincere; this one totally requires a good pair of headphones.

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