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Music Marathon 2009 Part 8 (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Shudder to Think)

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – s/t
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart may not be much more than a predictable sum of influences, but “Belle & Sebastian meets Jesus & Mary Chain” is far from the worst thing you can write about a band.  Occasionally, the J&MC distortion can get in the way of the gentle B&S melodies and (especially) lyrics, but the band fares far better overall than Magnetic Fields, who tried coating their understated pop in the same guitar buzz on Distortion in 2008.  At their best, TPoBPaH manage to make you overlook the fact that most of the songs rely on the same sonic tricks.  “Young Adult Friction,” for instance, touts a melody that no amount of guitar noise can disguise.  (And I’m reasonably sure that the librarian and aspiring librarian in the house haven’t simply been suckered in by lyrics about getting it on in a library – “You put your back to the spines,” indeed.) Read the rest of this entry »


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January 21, 2010 at 6:46 pm

This Update Brought to You Via Pony Express

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I’m not sure how big a deal this is to anyone else, but when I read this week’s news that Shudder to Think is getting back together for a short reunion tour, I could have damn near finger-drummed the entire Pony Express Record album on my desk. For, despite them being one of my Favorite Bands of All Time, I’ve never seen them live. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 12, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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