KEXP Suggests – Golden Smog!

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Golden Smog with Craig Finn, First Ave 35th Anniversary Party
Photo courtesy of MinneapolitanMusic

One week from tomorrow (July 18), Golden Smog will release their first record in just about eight years! Here’s a little bit about Golden Smog and the new record Another Fine Day

“Golden Smog started in 1992, when Marc Perlman, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), Kraig Jarret Johnson (Run Westy Run, Iffy), and Chris Mars (The Replacements) got together to record a few cover songs for the St. Paul, Minnesota-based Crackpot Records. Mars left the Smog fold almost immediately afterwards, Noah Levy (The Honeydogs) and Jody Stephens (Big Star) have done stints on drums, and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) comes and goes these days. The core four of Perlman, Louris, Murphy and Johnson remain, and have morphed into what many have referred to as an alt-country super-group.

Start with Louris and Johnson’s ‘You Make It Easy’. A breezy love song about breezy commitment. Listen. To that solo. To those harmonies. Dare yourself not to sing along. Try to play name the influences and you will have fun but you will fail. And ‘5-22-02′, the first single from the album resonates strongly as a memorable, hook-laiden track, sung by Johnson with background vocal support from Louris, Murphy and Holly Marilyn.” – Read more

Stream four songs from Another Fine Day at their MySpace page.

Golden Smog has two big shows coming up… Catch them at First Ave in Minneapolis on July 23 and at the Bowery Ballroom in New York on July 26.

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