On my research

Major breakthrough.

I’m coming close to being able to prove (scientifically, of course) that Midlake‘s The Trials of Van Occupanther is the best album to come out of Texas since Explosions in the Sky‘s Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever in 2001.

If luxurious folk rock, analog synth, or poetry of the rural are your thing, you owe it to yourself to pick Occupanther up.

Scientifically, people.



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5 responses to “On my research

  1. I shall check it out! (this is stuff I understand)
    Will check it indeed! Hey thanks for the link to my advice column! Not many people seem to want my advice…I CAN’T imagine why!!!

  2. I hope that you enjoy it, roadbirns. It came out last summer, yet I’ve still spent the last week listening to little else.

    Word from MayorAl is that you’ve upgraded your fancy political job to something even better, so congratulations!

  3. I am listening to Explosions in the Sky as I type this. I want to make lovely little movies with their music as the soundtrack. I think, perhaps, a movie with a small child eating an icecream cone in slow motion and black and white.
    Midlake is delightful too. You are always good for pointing out the more ethereal floating beautiful artists- Pinback is on my heavy rotation, and I believe it was you who turned me on the The Flaming Lips eons ago.
    I did not know about Fiji/ New Zealand. I am jealous, and very glad for you both!
    Thanks for the congrats on the job- not sure it’s a move up but I will welcome the change!
    I hope our Michelle doesn’t burn-out from school. I can’t imagine her stress right now.
    I’m going to go download some of this music now. Holy smokes, it’s lovely.

  4. I think you should make movies, Rachel.

    I don’t know why I dig ethereal stuff (Michelle loathes it), but it just seems to be the stuff with which I most identify. Gosh, does that mean I’m spacey/airy/ditzy?

    I am certain that you have a lot of good stuff to recommend, as well, so I think I have a Challenge for you, Birnsy. (Really, it’s for anyone else, too.) I have been meaning to write up a list of my 100 favourite musical artists. Not necessarily the musicians I would put forward as “best”–just music makers that mean the most to me. Guilty pleasures? In! Hipster posturing? Out! I mean, feel free to include bands-dujour, but at the same time, don’t worry about how your list will be judged. This is only the Internet, after all, and the exercise is a means to clue your buds on to music they might have otherwise missed.

    So long as anyone else undertakes the effort, I will, too. 🙂

  5. Jusius

    Guilty pleasures in eh? I just picked up Osaka Popstar & the American Legends of Punk. I got it cuz it’s got Marky Ramone, Jerry Only and Dez Cadena (and some other guys). Normally I hate pop-punk, but this is just over the top and catchy enough to be awesome. Features covers of the Astroboy and Sailor Moon themes.

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