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Tuesday, January 03, 2006 

i had six white russians tonight, and two of them were people

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You like REM. You like Wilco. Without hearing a note, you like The Minus 5 or at least of idea of any sort collaboration between the aforementioned bands. Former Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey has brought folks like Peter Buck of REM and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco into his fold over the last several Minus 5 records with some critical and commercial success.

Their newest album is being released soon and there's some leaked tunes available. Songs:Illinois posted the Colin Meloy guest track: "Cemetery Row" as well as the album opener "Rifle Called Goodbye." Stream "Twilight Distlery" from the Yep Roc Records site.

It was a bit prophetic of the All Music Guide to say that several tracks from its previous effort, the At the Organ EP, should fill out an actual album - it looks like "Hotel Senator" will be on this new album as well.

From the great northwest, Three Imaginary Girls said,"the album is mostly a jaw-dropping juggernaut of brilliant lyrics, ridiculously good melodies, and sublimely soulful electrified busker rock that never fails to charm." I'd agree. These folks know how to fashion a great pop tune. It's deceptively "simple" with new twinkling music and lyrical ideas appearing with repeated listens. The title of this post comes from the opening lines of the new song, "Out There On The Maroon." It's irreverant words like these and a balance of the jangley and twangy elements that makes music FUN. Download another new track, "With A Gun."

Find tracks from previous albums, Down With Wilco and In Rock, here. (I'd definitely recommend "Groove Supply")

Pre-order The Minus 5's new self-titled album, which will "lock and load" on 2/7/06. (and get a free CD-R in the process).

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