Editors’ Picks: What We’ve Been Listening to This Week (Deer Tick, Moderat, Whirr, The Postal Service)

Jason: I wasn't a huge fan of Deer Tick's last album Divine Providence, with its faster pace and hepped up barroom style of rock and roll. Like many of their fans, I missed the more emotionally charged alt-country style of their first three records (War Elephant, Born On Flag Day, and The Black Dirt Sessions). But when frontman John McCauley spoke with Rolling Stone earlier this year about their upcoming album Negativity (out September 24 on Partisan) and said, "I think anybody that thought we lost something with Divine Providence will probably like this one," I found myself once again [...]

Review & Video: On experiencing The Postal Service's 'Give Up' a decade after it was one's favorite album @ Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, 4/10/13

The Postal Service - "We Will Become Silhouettes" @ Robert Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (UC Davis) - 4/10/13 from The Bay Bridged on Vimeo. When The Postal Service released their only album, Give Up, a decade ago in 2003, I was just getting my driver's license. It quickly became the only album in my car, a fitting choice as its songs lyrically validated everything I felt as an emotional 16-year-old. Regardless of one's age, so many people are still tied together by Give Up, with many viewing it as a seminal coming of age album or their soundtrack [...]

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