The (Un)Official Spoon Internet Round-Up


Spoon was basically everywhere this week - releasing a new great new album, playing free shows in NY, Chicago, and San Francisco, hitting Letterman with a horn section in tow, even getting nice with Radiohead. The attention is well deserved, having just dropped Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga - one of the year’s best records.

I saw them this past Tuesday at The Union Square Virgin Megastore in New York, celebrating the album release in style. They played a short set, about 35-40 minutes, but stuck around to sign autographs afterwards (yup, I was dorky enough to wait to get my vinyl copy signed. My first ever autograph. Really, ever). The set was heavy on new material, obviously, but they dipped into the back catalog for a rousing “Jonathon Fisk”, and a surprising (and welcome) “Everything Hits At Once”. The set was approximately: Don’t Make Me A Target / Eddie’s Ragga / Don’t You Evah / Jonathon Fisk / Everything Hits At Once / Rhthm & Soul / Black Like Me / My Mathematical Mind. I don’t think I forgot anything.

So this post is an effort to round up some of the noteworthy press in one fan friendly place. I’ve gathered reviews, live show experiences, etc. for you to peruse.

The Reviews:

Pop Headwound (my own glowing review)
Pitchfork (8.5; Best New Music)
Stylus (B+)
Filter (92%)
Tiny Mix Tapes (4.5/5)
Entertainment Weekly
AMG
Pop Matters
The Onion (A.V. Club)
Prefix Magazine
Paste

Around The Blogs:

Oceans Never Listen (album thoughts)
Rawkblog (live recap from River To River Festival in NY; “The Underdog” video)
Six Eyes (mp3; link to eMusic)
Six Eyes (Spoon mix)
It’s Hard To Find A Friend (album thoughts)
Untitled (album thoughts)
Fluxblog (live review - River To River)
Music For Kids Who Can’t Read Good (track by track analysis)

And over at eMusic there is a song by song explanation from Britt Daniel about the new album. Awesome.

Just added - read a great live review from Wednesday's River to River show at EW.
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Video :: The Underdog
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MP3 :: The Underdog
MP3 :: The Ghost Of You Lingers
(from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga)
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Buy Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga right here, right now
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1 comment:

Dave Rawkblog said...

i was at that show too! didn't stick around for the autograph, though.