The Poison Control Center at Equalizer, Chicago 7/5/07
photo by Alex Pilichowski
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week we are featuring songs by bands who will appear on our CMJ broadcast next week. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
Make Love A Star by The Poison Control Center from the 2007 album A Collage of Impressions on Afternoon Records.
At times punk, at other times comedic psych-pop, and always rambunctious fun, PCC (the band, not the co-op) create an unforgettable live show that fortunately translates well to record. They have become known for their crowd-engaging tactics with one band member saying
Everyone needs to feel each others’ sweat to make it magical. From Ames, Iowa, PCC originally started with 19 members before paring down to four due to, amongst other things, the obviously difficult performance logistics. All four members claim songwriting duties on their latest album, a fact that continues to keep the energy competitive and the music top notch. With Doug Van Sloun (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) behind the boards, A Collage… is a prize showing of the band’s hard work over the last six years. Tune in 10/18 at noon when PCC performs live on KEXP from CMJ. Daytrotter and PCC’s MySpace page have greats tracks and information while we have a fabulous video of
Magic Circle Symphony, performed live in Des Moines two weeks ago: