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. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Auctioneer” by The Broken West from their latest release, Now or Heaven, on Merge.
The poppy ragtime piano that kick starts “Auctioneer” tells the tale of The Broken West: men just looking for a good time in the a shared musical past. Now or Heaven, the group’s sophomore effort, finds the Los Angeles foursome continuing down a path forged on the back of 70s and 80s inspired pop rock. We all remember the days of dancing around in short shorts, sporting checker-board sunglasses, and lip syncing along to generic FM stations. The Broken West bottle such childish nostalgia in each song they create, turning our dated fantasies into modern reality. Reliving the innocence of music in every ounce of Now or Heaven, The Broken West tap into our desire to rediscover music. While many bands push forward with heavy experimentation hoping to stumble upon the next hot sounds, The Broken West play a harder game by betting that all we crave is to dance once more to XTC, Hall & Oates, and Fine Young Cannibals. To experience unabated fun, head over to the band’s MySpace page to find a scant selection of tour dates which includes a mid-November stop at Seattle’s Tractor Tavern. In the meantime, check out their version of Tegan and Sara’s “Back In Your Head”: