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April 28, 2004

Better Late Than Never

Two 2003 releases have been getting a lot of play at the largehearted house lately. After hearing some good things about Sea Ray, I finally listened to a couple of tracks and on their strength, picked up Stars at Noon. Their music is dreamy, infectious and well-suited for my cool spring morning drive to work, I cannot believe I missed this album last year. Sea Ray will be touring with The Stills and Metric in May and June, catch them if you can.

Last year a friend and I were discussing Of Montreal, and since I am a huge fan of the band, he recommended The Pillbugs. Two weeks ago I found a new copy of their album, The 3-Dimensional In-Popcycle Dream (complete with Viewmaster and reel) for five dollars. Needless to say, I snapped it up, sucker as I am for any record with a bonus dvd, poster or even, alas, a sticker. The lush arrangements and analog feel of the record hearken back to the sixties, but the sound is fresh and the musicianship sharp. I found myself singing along to most of the choruses the first time through, I'll be looking forward to more of The Pillbugs.

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