Thursday, November 19, 2009

73. “Lost Coastlines” by Okkervil River (2008)

Clifftus McMaximus said it best about these guys – they seem to put a lot of OOMPH into their shit, and they should get some credit for that. I love the album version of this song, but what really endeared me to it was this duet between Will Sheff and AC Newman of the New Pornographers, recorded in one of these guy’s living rooms in Brooknam.

One of the more amusing things that happened this decade was Win Butler of The Arcade Fire’s response to Sasha Frere-Jones’ article in the New Yorker that maintained that there were no current bands that were drawing from black influences. Win went on to argue the contrary, providing awesome sound samples of how the last part of “Wake Up” was basically stolen from “You Can’t Hurry Love”. Since hearing that, it occurred to me that “Lost Coastlines” and “Last Night” by The Strokes all must have stolen from either each other or the same place. It also occurred to me that I am apparently a huge sucker for the bass line from “You Can’t Hurry Love”.

Listen here.

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