an album i took way too long getting around to.

one heck of an album

one heck of an album

i have loved atlanta-based indie rockers manhcester orchestra for years. i bought their ep when it was only available on itunes. i think rich over at cable and tweed probably first turned me on to them when he posted his mix tapes of atlanta music.

i’ve seen them a bunch of times, inlcluding one memorable show that began at the now-defunct 545 and finished (after an intervening police raid of aforementioned 545) at the masquerade.

i’m like a virgin losing a child was probably my favorite album of 2008.

you could say i am a fan.

which is why i don’t understand why it took my until the last week of 2009 to finally buy their follow-up album “mean everything to nothing.”

maybe i just didn’t like my local rockers becoming big, getting on a label and being played by 99x. maybe i was scared that andy hull, the frontman, wouldn’t be able to pull off another songwriting triumph like the firs full length lp.

anyway, i finally got it and it’s incredible. it would compete only with the airborne toxic event album for the best album i bought in 2009. if you liked the first album, or just live good solid indie rock with some incredible songwriting, it is definitely one to get.

no idea why they weren’t up on the stage with a twirling pink, the zac brown band and taylor swift last night.

now, how about a local show, guys?

2 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (atl_paul) on February 1st, 2010 @ 9:07 am

    Dude, you should have been reading my blog and you would have known about Manchester Orchestra when I saw them during the “You Brainstorm, I Brainstorm, But Brilliance Needs A Good Editor” EP days. They have been one of my favorite bands (not necessarily local bands) since.

    While I have no insider information I think they’ll be scheduling an Atlanta show in the near future, which will be interesting since their drummer has just announced his amicable departure from the band.

  2. james hervey (jeherv) on February 1st, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

    i hope they record play it again sam, you don’t have any feathers on a studio lp at some point. i LOVE that song.

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