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Catchup time

Time to find out what some bands from last year are doing now!

Before I start, some of you may have watched “Friday Night Lights” last Friday … you did, right? Right? When Street throws himself off the boat into the water, the song you’re listening to is “To Build A Home,” by the Cinematic Orchestra. You can listen to the song (and others) at their Myspace, and it is SO worth it.

Klee — Klee has a new album out, called “Zwischen Himmel und Erde” (trans: Between Sky and Earth, or Heaven & Earth if you’re feeling religious). Sadly it appears to be only out in Deutschland. While you wait for Minty Fresh to get their act together, you can preview tracks (in German) at the site.

Band of Annuals — the awesome hometown crew released their album in May. It’s called, “Let Me Live.”

Justin Rutledge — from my cursory look, I don’t know if the Junction Forty are still around, but Justin released an album earlier this year as well, entitled “The Devil On A Bench In Stanley Park.” Buy the album at Amazon or preview some tracks at his site. I’m really loving “This Is War.”

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The Band of Annuals

As if I needed another reason to want to move back to Utah — I happened to snag an mp3 from The Band of Annuals (not to be confused with The Annuals, from North Carolina), whose homebase is Salt Lake City. Yay! A chance to promote a cool alt-country band from SLC!

Now, the band is young, their Myspace has awful misspellings, and they don’t seem so great at self-promotion. They also annoyed yours truly with the song “Constant Stride,” where Jay Henderson snipes nastily at the people who go to church every Sunday. (See, the thing is, if you choose to live in Utah and cry about people going to church, you have two choices: 1) quit crying and live with it, or 2) move somewhere else. It’s like choosing to live on Rodeo Drive and then crying because people shop all the time.)

So, there are obstacles, but they all seem like they’d be smoothed out with time and experience. It’s all forgiveable, especially when Jay Henderson sounds as sweet as Ryan Adams on “Gold” when he sings “Lord Have Mercy.” See? I’m easy. Add in the lovely harmony, violin, and mandolin played by Jeremi Hanson, and I’m not only forgetting, I’m writing it all up on my blog. They’re a talented bunch, and I hope to see a solid couple of albums out of them, maybe even a label … where’re all those dang labels when you need one?

The Band of Annuals: Myspace (album available there for purchase)

[These tracks have been removed. You can contact me if you’d like a copy.]
The Band of Annuals – The Devil Said, RSVP (highly recommended!)
The Band of Annuals – Lord Have Mercy
The Band of Annuals – San Francisco Take Me Back