Friday, August 31, 2007

An Unintentional Accident

So they've been around the Twin Cities scene for a while, so much so that they rarely play anymore, but how the hell did I miss Accident Clearinghouse? They slipped past my ears for far too long, and it's about time I remedy that. I also need to redeem myself by allowing these sweet alt-country boys to regale you with old-timey rock-tinged tunage.

I think you'll find your toes tappin' along even if you don't usually like this sort of thing. Believe me when I tell you that you will be singing along to these catchy lyrics in no time. Every person I know can relate to "That's The Way It Had To Go," in which lead Quillan Roe sings about someone he's currently obsessing over. She likes him too, but unfortunately, she's already taken. I was on you, like a vulture in the sky, hovering, waiting for your love to die. We were lovebirds, but our love could never fly. That's the way it had to go.

As I write this note, I see that Accident Clearinghouse is performing at Lee's Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis tonight. There are no other dates on their calendar, but keep your eyes peeled for future performances. If their recorded music is any indication, they are well worth seeing.

Download mp3s:
That's The Way It Had To Go
She'll Take Your Name
Pink, Not Blue
If I Said You Were A Nurse
Flamin' Hair

UPDATE (9/3/07): Accident Clearinghouse will be playing the Revival Show on September 16th at the Turf Club... Let's Go!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

White Rabbits

Sometimes there are bands people rave about, but for some reason or another you brush them off. Why this happens I don't know. For me, I brushed off White Rabbits. I'd heard how great they were and blah blah, but didn't really make an effort to listen to their music.

Fate intervened, however, and White Rabbits played an afterparty I was lucky enough to attend at Lollapalooza this past weekend. I think my jaw literally hit the floor after about 30 seconds of watching this band perform. There are two drum kits, two guitarists, a bassist and a keyboard wielding madman... of course, none of the members of White Rabbit seem tethered to any one instrument so maybe it's pointless to tell you what they do - it might be easier to tell you what they don't do... accordion?

The best song they played was "Sea of Rum," which started with Steve Patterson hitting up a drum instead of piano keys. It continues with wonderfully free vocals by the other lead Greg Roberts. You can't help but be enthralled with the movement and the lyrics. My other favorite off their new album Fort Nightly, is "Kid on My Shoulders," which begins with a beat you can't help but feel the need to do some sort of ballroom partner dance to. It's reminicent of Beirut or We All Have Hooks for Hands. They boys are a joy to watch and when you get home from the show, you have their album to look forward to. Go pick it up now. DO IT.

Download mp3s:
The Plot
Kid On My Shoulders

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