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New Release Music Tuesday

The new year is starting to get revved up and is showing some promising new bands and music! This week has proven to be full of goodies with new music from Cold War Kids, The Editors, RJD2, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Missy Elliott and today’s new music pick Spoon!  I had the opportunity to work on this album (Transference) and really enjoyed it.

Spoon was formed in late 1993 in Austin, Texas and is composed of Britt Daniel (vocals, guitar); Jim Eno (drums); Rob Pope (bass) and Eric Harvey (keyboard, guitar, percussion, backing vocals).

Spoons first recorded album debut came about in 1994 with the release of The Nefarious EP in May 1994. In 1995 the band signed with the well established indie label Matador Records and released their first LP Telephono in 1996. Their first album was met with mixed reviews and were often compared to the Pixies and Wire. Regardless of their comparisons the album showed forward signs of mixing post-funk with a fusion of pop.

They later went on to try their hand at one of the major lables Elektra releasing A Series of Sneaks. The album did not sell as expected and just four months into their new contract they were dropped and later picked up by Merge Records their current label. Much of their commercial success is attributed to Merge’s special attention and development of the band. They went on and released five studio albums with Merge and have appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, and Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as the PBS show Austin City Limits. They have also appeared as musical guests on the popular weekly improv Saturday Night Live.

Fast forward to January 19th, 2010 with the start of a new decade and a new album Transference.
Spoon "Transference"
As in their last album “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga” we saw the group experiment with hooks and mini horn sections, Transference also broadens the groups experimentation with more textures and moods. Transference begins with “Before Destruction”, a reflective slow-burner that’s more of a subdued prelude than a flashy entrance. The album’s single “Written in Reverse” offers a soulful rock sound, with vocals, guitars and keys barely out of alignment.

“Is Love Forever?”, a lively cut that bumps right into “The Mystery Zone”, a superior late-night delight that hits the same sweet spot as older gems like “Don’t You Evah” and “I Turn My Camera On”. As soon a that track ends suddenly, it’s like walking right into a wall before “Who Makes Your Money” has you wobbling along with Daniel in a concussed haze. The album tones down and moves along. All in all the album is best described as a big pile-up of unconventional creative decisions, which seems to work for me.

My Top two picks:

Written In Reverse:

Got Nuffin:

Stay tuned for next weeks pick!  Enjoy the music!

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