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2012: the midterm

Much is made of Hiva Oa's fragility and restraint, but more than anything, the various attractions along this route fall under the general heading of "unexpected." The meta-tempo percussive rattle of "Urban" leaves the...

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download: “Subdivisions” cover, by PS I Love You

(email|facebook|twitter) It's easy to lose sight of the fact. But man, back in 1982, we meant it. We were not going to shave, or cut our hair, or wear a suit, or paint our...

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forthcoming: Venus Robot, by Volkova Sisters

(email|facebook|twitter) We originally published this article on September 3. Their surnames are not Volkova, and they are not sisters. Indeed, two of them have beards. But this is where the deceptions end. From the out-of-focus opening...

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still warm: This Was Tomorrow, by Atom Orr

(email|facebook|twitter) We originally published this article on June 24. It's really quite alarming to hear Harry Chapin rap, sing about CGI, or chide us for our style over content. Almost as much as it is to...

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MiM Reviews: Maw, by Her Name is Calla

(email|facebook|twitter) We originally published this article on May 25. Just a hunch: you don't feel you have a firm grasp on Her Name is Calla. Are we right? Certainly the best example is The Quiet Lamb: the...

download: “Subdivisions” cover, by PS I Love You

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It’s easy to lose sight of the fact. But man, back in 1982, we meant it. We were not going to shave, or cut our hair, or wear a suit, or paint our bedroom walls white, or conform to society, and all of those jerkstore football players were just too dumb for our complex, well-read, greasy-skinned corner of the universe. It’s pretty much all we talked about back then. The words “time” and “spare” come to mind, although not in that order.

Time passes. Even so. Even if Rush had formed, say, in October 2011 instead of some non-specific month in 2112, or whatever, it’s doubtful they would have worn flannel shirts and ball caps, or played hoarse, stripped-down outsider pop for a mid-sized indie rock label. Which is why the PS I Love You refurbish of “Subdivisions” is such a splash of cold water in the face. All levity aside, the ageless theme of the song still resonates nearly 30 years later and probably always will. And this short-of-breath cover manages to hang on to the 80s prog-apocalypse while revisiting it with a junkie lunacy that cries out punk! and Casio! at the same time. This is the truest piece of music you will hear all day. Watchlisted for song of the year.

Download “Subdivisions” with the rest of the Paper Bag Records Fall 2011 sampler, here. Read more about PS I Love You here.