Wednesday, September 27, 2006

New Hold Steady and Polyphonic Spree

As we eagerly count down to Tuesday's release of the Hold Steady's much-awaited follow up to Separation Sunday, Boys and Girls in America , I found another track from the upcoming album.

This one's a bit of a departure. Yes, those are strings, and yes, it sorta sounds like Ben Folds. It's a bit of a departure, but I had been expecting some more complex arrangements to compliment their usual bar band stuff. Even if you don't like it initially, stick with it until the end.

The Hold Steady - "First Night"

Also recently discovered that Tim Delaughter's current band, Polyphonic Spree, have covered his old band, Tripping Daisy, on their just released Wait EP. The song is "Sonic Bloom", a true all time favorite. It comes from the Daisy's Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb, which is a true underrated power-pop classic if there ever was one. It also fits his new group well, as there's lots of room for backup vocals and Penny Lane horn flourishes.

Polyphonic Spree - "Sonic Bloom"

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