Saturday, June 02, 2007
In a Single Vein
The A-side comes off their 2006 Ace-fu release Be He Me and can be got here ("Brother") while the b-side comes off a lesser available EP Git Got. In case you've been hibernating from the indie rock world, Annuals are sort of America's version of Arcade Fire but angle in from the direction of Aphex Twin and Animal Collective rather than U2 and Smashing Pumpkins. Field and forest and mobile electric generator pop. An "It band" for a few seconds last year but don't hold that against them.
Packaging is pretty spare for this limited release single.
"Ease My Mind" - Annuals (buy this single here or here)
Bonus link: I prefer the insane studio version but this Coffeehouse version of "Ease My Mind" is a nice companion if only to suss out the chords.
Speaking of Aphex Twin, here's what's on that 7" giveaway if you bought the latest Blonde Redhead CD from certain outlets. Can't say I've fallen in love with their new CD ("23"), it all sounds so same-ish and lacks any of the punch (or hits) of their previous release but I'd have bought this single anyway, I think, since this song and to a lesser extent - the A-side (the sort of 70's soft rockish "Silently") are about the best results of those recent sessions.
"Signs Along The Path" - Blonde Redhead
Bonus link: Remix the "Signs Along The Way" and sample other people's versions here.
Stephen McBean's Pink Mountaintops has perhaps the best cover of the bunch. The A-side is a rocky, gargantuan sneering fuzz and organ tribute to the slacker/druggy life best listened to all the way up while B-side is where he downshifts, a hazey psyche slide guitar and organ trip. Both require copious amounts of pungent herb to fully enjoy. Looking forward with bloodshot eyes to his next long-player.
"My Best Friend" - Pink Mountaintops
(out of print - but still can be found)
(all samples recorded straight off vinyl so don't whine if you hate my cheap stereo equipment - go buy the originals yr damnself).