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SONG OF THE DAY: Polvo — “A Link in the Chain”

|palimpsests of swelter beneath a new temperate regime|

My general conception of great nineties guitar-based alternative music is indelibly centralized around Polvo, a band formed in 1990 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Polvo’s earliest recordings consist of fairly unabashed, aggressive, mathy post-punk (check out 1993’s Today’s Active Lifestyles for a sprawling distortional romp), while its output in later years saw the band cross-fade its former ideas with approaches more proggy and Eastern-tinged before its break-up in 1998.

This specific track is the closer off of the band’s excellent In Prism, the 2009 reunion album, which I was hesitant to approach.  Turns out that that fear was unfounded, since this plays not so much as a backward-glancing money-grabber as a series of long-churning ideas pensively pressed.  The album, produced by the great Brian Paulson, is out on Merge Records.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Low — “Try To Sleep”

|the crisp, suspirant purge|

Low’s latest album–their ninth–was released by Sub Pop in April.  As with all their previous efforts, C’mon is a slow-burner, revealing itself in time to be a careful study in restraint and a critical examination of us, here, today.

Be sure to check them out on Sunday, September 25th at Colorado College’s Armstrong Theater at 7pm.  Check out KRCC’s website  for more details.

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SONG OF THE DAY: Unknown Mortal Orchestra — “Ffunny Ffriends”

| static momentum |

From their eponymous debut LP, out now on Fat Possum Records

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