In lieu of my work trip to the city that never sleeps, or is an apple, or something, here’s 5 songs dedicated to NYC.
New York City Mixery [zip]
MP3: LCD Soundsystem – “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”
MP3: Cat Power – “New York”
MP3: Slow Six – “The Night You Left New York”
MP3: REM – “Leaving New York”
MP3: Simon and Garfunkel – “The Only Living Boy in New York”
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I try to make a habit of sticking my ear into a song or two of every new release that hits the stores each week. When I first dove into Fun.’s debut Aim & Ignite, I was completely blind to a single detail about the group. You can imagine my surprise when some pretty darn recognizable vocals came through the speakers, and I was immediately aware that I had stumbled upon a side project of the Format’s lead singer Nate Ruess.
Now, I have never kept a close eye on the Format, which is why I had no idea that the group went on hiatus in February of ’08. All I really knew was that I liked 2003’s Interventions and Lullabies well enough, but mostly thought that opening track “The First Single” was one of the best power-pop songs of the decade. There’s something, excuse the phrase, but magical about Ruess’s vocal styling. And when it’s paired with a well organized song like “The First Single” – you’re guaranteed to see some fireworks. Unfortunately, I never felt that many of the Format’s songs had the necessary instrumental pzazz to allow the group to step over that boundary line into a constant spinner for me.
But I guess ditching your friend-since-grade-school bandmate, moving from Arizona to New York City, and making buddies with ex-Anathallo Andrew Dost can change all of that. Ruess and Dost paired up with Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and started a new band – fun. . (mp3 after the jump)
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