On the new Destroyer album, Poison Season, you’ll find three different versions of Times Square — an opener, a closer, and a ’70s rock take on the song right in the middle. While that might seem like a strange move for most bands, it makes sense for Dan Bejar. During an interview with Pitchfork, he even broke it all down:
It’s a straight-ahead song in a lot of ways. But that’s why it couldn’t just be that version of the song on the record. I really despise pop music these days, so I can’t have people walking away humming songs. I’m totally about drawing lines in the sand: We’ve done this postmodern shrugging of the shoulders for a while now, and it hasn’t really worked out, so if I make pop music at this point, it’s by accident.
We’ve got the “accidental pop” version of the song for you to download. Get it while you can, because it’s only available for the next week!
Download Times Square by Destroyer
In anticipation of the new Langhorne Slim & the Law album, The Spirit Moves, the band has given us a six-song EP featuring three tracks from the new one and three tracks from the last Langhorne album, 2012’s The Way We Move.
If accomplished producer Emile Haynie’s latest single only featured a guest appearance from Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, that would be a big enough deal. If it only featured a guest appearance from Brian Wilson, that would be an even bigger deal. So the fact that both vocalists can be heard on Falling Apart is downright amazing.
- Posted by WFPKFebruary 23
4th and Roebling is the lead cut from The Districts debut full-lenght, A Flourish And A Spoil, which is out now on Fat Possum. Produced by John Congleton, it’s the follow-up to last year’s self-titled EP from the eastern Pennsylvania indie rockers.
- Posted by WFPKFebruary 12
Supergroup Diamond Rugs (featuring members of Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate, Six Finger Satellite and The Black Lips) is prepping a new album. In anticipation of Cosmetics, which is out Feb. 24, the band has given us a three-song sampler with a track from the new record as well as songs by Deer tick and Dead Confederate’s T. Hardy Morris.
Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist seem to really like Christmas. They’ve released several Christmas albums over the years as Over the Rhine, with their latest (Blood Oranges in the Snow) hitting shelves last month. That said, it doesn’t mean the husband-and-wife duo whitewash the holiday season like many musicians. Instead, Blood Oranges is what they’ve decided to call “reality Christmas” music.
Even the Snow Turns Blue gives a nice sampling of Over the Rhine’s various Christmas offerings, from the more traditional to the incredibly personal. Consider it an early Christmas present from us to you.