Of Montreal, Madeline, Menomena : All Songs ConsideredA new recording from Arcade Fire; The atmospheric Apostle of Hustle; Athens, Georgia rockers Of Montreal; Delicate new-folk from Madeline; A preview of new music by The Shins and more.
A new recording from Arcade Fire; The atmospheric Apostle of Hustle; Athens, Georgia rockers Of Montreal; Delicate new-folk from Madeline; A preview of new music by The Shins; Portland's experimental rockers Menomena.
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Of Montreal, Madeline, Menomena.
from Neon Bible
by Arcade Fire
The Arcade Fire stunned listeners with its 2003 release Funeral, a critical favorite for that year's best album. The band has been mostly silent since, but is about to release a much anticipated follow-up. This track was released early to raise money for the charity, Partners in Health.
Of Montreal is one of the innumerable talented bands to come from Athens, Georgia. It features musicians from the Elephant Six collective -- a group of artists who worked in some of the most memorable acts of the '90s, like Neutral Milk Hotel, The Olivia Tremor Control and The Apples in Stereo. Of Montreal makes bold, lush and multi-layered music largley under the direction of frontman Kevin Barnes.
Madeline is a young singer-songwriter also from Athens, GA. Her latest CD is a collection of gentle acoustic songs in the spirit of '60s and '70s British folk. But her earlier work was in the psychedelic pop band The Sugar Shakers.
Fans of The Shins' first two albums -- 2001's Oh, Inverted World and 2003's Chutes Too Narrow have been anxiously awaiting new material from the band. Listeners should be pleased with The Shins' latest release, due out in late January. Wincing the Night Away picks up where the last album left off, with inspired, guitar-driven pop.
Menomena (pronounced muh-NAH-muh-NUH, like the Muppets song), is a trio from Portland, Oregon that fills its songs with wonderfully quirky instrumentation built on the glockenspiel, baritone sax, drums and guitar. They say their name has no meaning but was chosen for "the way it rolls off the tongue, sexually, or something."