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Catching Up To The Cool Kids, Part 1

The Most Serene Republic: Population (October 2nd) The beginning of "Sherry and her Butterfly Net" is chaos, an orchestra confused and about to begin its first performance. Clarity emerges in the mess through a piano, an emissary for the radiance that arrives within seconds. So direct, unfolding, the first sung words are "Play this song." The result is breathtaking, but I can't describe it, hearing it is a must. I can't wait for the album.

from Population: [DOWNLOAD OR DIE]
The Most Serene Republic - Sherry and her Butterfly Net [alt link 1, 2]

An older song:
The Most Serene Republic - You're Not An Astronaut (Phages)
The Most Serene Republic at Arts & Crafts/Myspace

Tracklisting for Population:
1. Humble Peasants
2. Compliance
3. The Men Who Live Upstairs
4. Present of Future End
5. A Mix of Sun and Cloud
6. Battle Hymn of the Republic
7. Why So Looking Back
8. Sherry & Her Butterfly Net
9. Agenbite of Inwit
10. Career in Shaping Clay
11. Solipsism Millionaires
12. Multiplication Desks
13. Neurasthenia

The Weakerthans: Reunion Tour (September 25th)
Reconstruction Site (2003) was everything an album is supposed to be, a complete group of songs with a distinct sound and narrative perspective. "Night Windows" lives in retrospection, in that place where you think of how things would have been if she (or he) had stayed, wandering down dark streets in the middle of the night not caring if you're noticed, not caring for anything because the past is so vivid. If you stepped back in time and slapped yourself in the face, could things have been different?

The Weakerthans - Night Windows [alt link] (Reunion Tour)
The Weakerthans - New Name for Everything (Reconstruction Site)

Tracklisting for Reunion Tour:
1. Civil Twilight
2. Hymn of Medical Oddity
3. Relative Surplus Value
4. Tournament of Hearts
5. Virtute the Cat Explains Her Departure
6. Elegy for Gump Worsley
7. Sun in an Empty Room
8. Night Windows
9. Bigfoot!
10. Reunion Tour
11. Utilities

Important tour dates:
October 26 - Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
October 28 - Washington, DC 9:30 Club
(more here)

Junior Senior: Hey Hey My My Yo Yo (August 14th)
Andorra (August 21st)
Architecture in Helsinki:
Places Like This (August 21st)
Josh Ritter:
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter (August 21st)
Jens Lekman: Night Falls Over Kortedala (October 9th)

Heresy and the Hotel Choir (October 17th)

Gawker, I now hate you. I will wage blog war over this most recent offense. We both know which city will emerge victorious. Anyways, no one in their right mind goes on a first date at Union Station; get your facts straight.

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2 Responses to “Catching Up To The Cool Kids, Part 1”

  1. # Blogger fratster

    I have really been digging the new Most Serene Republic songs. Clint Mansell and Daren Aronofsky use that orchestra warming up effect amazingly in the opening scenes of Requiem for a Dream. I'm not sure if there's a full version of the score out there.

    You mainly just hear the overture just about everywhere these days, but watch the opening scenes of that movie and you'll understand - it's heartstopping.  

  2. # Blogger Kate

    I haven't seen Requiem for a Dream, but I guess now I have to.  

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