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Husky – Forever So

HuskyForever So (Sub Pop)

Our favorite Seattle label is now making its way down under to find the next big thing up here. Husky represents their first signing from Melbourne, with the moniker actually the first name of the band’s guitar and vocalist.

The only “Husky” I knew growing up was the name of a JC Penny clothing line for fat kids. It didn’t last; who wants a tag on your jeans that scream “Feel free to bully my fat ass.”

I don’t know Husky Gawenda’s waist size, but I do know the kind of music he creates because it’s the same kind of music that Sub Pop has been pushing ever since they banked on Fleet Foxes. Maybe Poneman related to such lines as “I went walking in the woods today/I found a path/It led me astray.” (“The Woods”), imagining the big continent of Australia resembled the redwoods of the Northwest.

It’s not that I don’t subscribe to this kind of music. In fact, I’ve got a soft spot for anything remotely beautiful and sensitive within the confines of a folk-rock structure. Which is exactly what Husky delivers on Forever So. And depending on how cold and hard your own heart is, the results of Gawenda’s breathy croon can be a hit or miss affair.

“Hey man, do you want to hear a story about me?” begins “Animals & Freaks,” and before you’re given a chance to respond with the affirmative, Gawenda has already declared “Fuck you, I’m telling you my story anyway.” He’s assumed the role of an old man, telling you the tale of a chance encounter with a woman who he’s spent “three weeks in a cheap motel” before watching her depart with an eagle to go catch snakes in Mexico.

I swear to God I’m not making this up.

Yes, it’s the endlessly romantic and utterly unbelievable lyrics that make Forever So such an acquired taste. If only there were more moments like the wonderful opening “Tidal Wave,” which paints an account of a relationship within the claustrophobic cityscapes while Gawenda dreams of the day when it will all come tumbling down, leaving only him and his beau to enjoy the serenity of their love within the uncluttered landscape of natural beauty.

Now that’s more like it!

Sure, it’s a dynamic that may work better with members of the fairer sex, but it also demonstrates that there’s still a large proportion of empathetic types in this world that can relate to the sticky-sweet feelings that love provides. Forever So also shows that we’re still struggling to come up with the words to adequately describe those feelings.

Video: Husky – “The Woods”

Husky – The Woods [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

MP3: Husky – “Tidal Wave”

MP3: Husky – “History’s Door”

Audio: Husky – Forever So [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

Husky – Forever So [FULL ALBUM STREAM]

Lonely at Lollapalooza 2009

Lollapalooza 2009Lollapalooza 2009

Grant Park, Chicago, August 7-9, 2009

This was my first trip back to Chicago since moving to Portland, Oregon in December 2008. As much as I love Portland, there is a large piece of my heart in that city by the lake. It’s where I was born, it’s where I formed my favorite band, and it’s where my son was born. It’s still my city.

So it was with great excitement and anticipation that I returned to see friends, drink a lot of beer and catch some live rock and fucking roll. I’d been planning and thinking of this trip since before we even moved so you’d think I’d have had all the details ironed out like the Arctic Monkeys‘ fitted shirts. You don’t know me well and the Monkeys no longer wear Fred Perry, but more on that later…

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Fun with Forkcast, Round 15

Pitchfork: ForkcastHere’s some good stuff that Pitchfork has given up recently on their Forkcast:

Erykah Badu and the Roots: “I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Michael Jackson cover)

Fleet Foxes: “Blue Spotted Tail” (Live on BBC 6 Music)

Spiral Stairs: “Maltese Terrier” from The Real Feel, out October 20 on Matador

Circulatory System: “Overjoyed” from Signal Morning, out September 8 on Cloud Recordings

Sally Shapiro: “Miracle (Bogdan Irkük Remix)” original version on My Guilty Pleasure

More after the jump…

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New Sub Pop Mix Tape

horse-8808.gifMaybe in honor of the death of Geocities, the fine folks at Sub Pop have put up a fantastic new mini-site where you can download a 14-song mix from the label’s recent releases.

Of course, 11 of the 14 tracks were already available on their regular website, but this lets you grab it all in one handy zip file. Plus, the site just looks great!

1. Vetiver – “Strictly Rule”

2. Handsome Furs – “I’m Confused”

3. Mark Sultan – “Hold On”

4. Red Red Meat – “Gauze”

5. Obits – “Pine On”

6 .The Vaselines – “Son of a Gun”

7. Fleet Foxes – “Mykonos”

8. Iron and Wine – “Belated Promise Ring”

9. Tiny Vipers – “Dreamer”

10. Zak Sally – “Why We Hide”

11. Fruit Bats – “My Unusual Friend”

12. Pissed Jeans – “False Jesii Part 2”

13. Grand Archives – “Silver Among the Gold”

14. Flight of the Conchords – “Hurt Feelings”

Bonus tracks:

Iron and Wine – “The Trapeze Swinger”

Handsome Furs – “Radio Kaliningrad”

Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”

Fleet Foxes – Mykonos

MP3: Fleet Foxes – “Mykonos”

Originally released on the Sun Giant EP and included with the vinyl version of the debut album Fleet Foxes. On May 5, Sub Pop is releasing it as a 7″ single in a gatefold sleeve, backed with a cover of the traditional ballad “False Knight on the Road.” Surprised they’re not getting it out in time for Record Store Day

If you’ve somehow avoided the hype surrounding this band, check it out if you’re into pretty melodies, acoustic instrumentation, and lush harmonies. Comparisons to Crosby, Stills and Nash are as cheap as comparing Vampire Weekend to Graceland.

Fleet Foxes: MySpace, wiki, label, Daytrotter.