Today in Music: Post Spree & new releases

The Polyphonic Spree in the KEXP parking lot
photo by Christopher Nelson

Once again, The Polyphonic Spree somehow managed to bring 23 people into the very small (13′ by 19′) KEXP studio, to perform live on Sunday. The didn’t exactly just fit into the studio, actually — they were in the hallway, the studio space, the neighboring production room, and the engineer’s booth. The Spree’s fragile army is by no means broken, though, as all members moved quickly to set up, sound check and get on the air in the time that it takes a four-piece to get started. The enthusiastic four song set included a self-directed rendition of “Happy Birthday,” as the band was celebrating its seventh year together. If you missed it or want to listen to it again, you can tune in on our Streaming Archive for fourteen days. Also, check out these photos from the amazing duo of Christopher Nelson and Gregory Perez:

The Polyphonic Spree live on KEXP 7/15/07: (Listen Now!)


It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means: time to break out the wallet crowbar. If you’re still trying to save up enough money to purchase all the great releases from last week, you’re not going to get too much of a respite this time around. Largehearted Boy‘s list this week contains fewer must-haves, but you’re not getting off scot-free. Notable releases include Editors‘ anticipated sophomore album, An End Has A Start, the next solo effort by Bad Seed and Grinderman Mick Harvey, Two of Diamonds, and the domestic releases of The CribsMens Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever and The Magic NumbersThose the Brokes. The new Chemical Brothers album hits shelves today as does a reissue, with bonus live discs, of The Knife‘s Silent Shout.

Since most of these albums are on major labels (read, not mp3 friendly), we’ll stick with just a few video previews this time.

We’ve already posted the video for the first single “Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors” from Editors‘ awkwardly titled An End Has A Start, which has caused as much buzz as Interpol’s first single on their own awkwardly titled album, a bit earlier on the blog. The Cribs have also seen a bit of blog love with their latest video, for “Moving Pictures,” posted here (where you can also find links to the several versions of their censor-worthy “Men’s Needs”), so we’ll skip them in favor of this amusing video of “Do It Again” by The Chemical Brothers:

Like many of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, Mick Harvey has always kept his own projects on the side. While some consider Two of Diamonds his second proper solo album, the Melbourne multi-instrumentalist recorded two albums of English-translated Serge Gainsbourg albums previously and scored several soundtracks. Here’s the newly released “Photograph” from the new album:

Proving that two is really the magic number, the two-pair act The Magic Numbers (two brother/sister pairs) are releasing their second album here in the U.S. called Those The Brokes. This is a video for “This is a Song”:

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