Point Juncture, WA – Mama Straw Boss (2005)

03.30.2010

I recently got sick of screwing around with the abysmal Windows Media Player here on the family computer I’m constrained to in Ohio. After importing my library into a clandestine install of iTunes (I’ve been warned vehemently about installing things on here, since everything on earth has a virus), I was scanning through it to see if anything didn’t get transferred when I saw this interesting band name I didn’t recognize at all. This record somehow ended up on my hard drive, and it’s really really great. They’ve got a few classic, purist post rock tinges (think Tortoise’s dubby rhythms, drones and vibraphones) on some songs, but aren’t afraid to get all ballsy and Pavement on you on the more upbeat tracks. Take these influences, layers upon layers of great melodies, soothing girl vocals, and you’ve got a gorgeous sounding album that takes plenty of cues from the best parts of the 90’s without sounding remotely dated. I’m usually wary of indie rock like this, because I usually feel like I’m automatically supposed to enjoy it for hipster elder cred, so I’m glad I stumbled upon this without any previous knowledge and able to take it in as is. These guys put out another record last year that I’m currently trying to track down, so look out for that if you enjoy this one.

For fans of: Tortoise, Yo La Tengo, Pavement, Dirty Three

Myspace / Buy (physical versions of this seem to be out of print)

Brian B.

P.S. James from Shock Mountain has some videos up from the Real Estate and Woods show we attended together last week, which you can check out here.

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