Wednesday, August 23, 2006

close: duplomacy + pedro the lion + sebadoh

Duplomacy have released a beautiful album of sweet, intimate songs, arranged with lots of hard, buzzing edges and sonic detail. A very close, organic record. Give these two a spin:

Duplomacy - Stars
Duplomacy - Coppertone
buy it

Duplomacy's first foray into professional recording was an EP recorded by TW Walsh, one-time partner of David Bazan in Pedro The Lion, another group who always had a great grasp of the intimate, although in usually in a more morose, sin-haunted way. This is the lead-off track from 1999's "The Only Reason I Feel Secure Is That I Am Validated By My Peers ."

Pedro The Lion - Criticism as Inspiration

With the recent re-release of Sebadoh's 1991 masterpiece "III", Lou Barlow has been getting some good ups lately. Lou crafted some of the most beautiful, honest, uplifting and self-loathing music there ever was. And, oh yeah, he's real good with that intimate thing too (wrapup!) This classic is taken from 1992's "Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock." and has been covered by both Superchunk and Death Cab for Cutie.

Sebadoh - Brand New Love


  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger jbreitling said…

    Perhaps I've said this before, but the first time I heard Pedro The Lion was driving north from NC in summer 1998. The Duke or Chapel Hill station was playing "Bad Diary Days" and I thought it was a new Sebadoh joint. I went back north and looked for the song on Sebadoh records for a while, before hearing it again on the Drexel station, which gave the appropriately informative back announcement. Mystery solved, record bought.

  • At 6:59 PM, Blogger Matt Modrich said…

    Pedro is rad. You should check out my interviews with him at my blog


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