Business first: stop loving Bright Eyes. Oberst doesn't self-edit, leaving a knee-high lake of horseshit blocking us from his one or two nuggets per double album.
The Submarines will be getting notice because Blake Hazard is reportedly F. Scott Fitgerald's great-grandaughter. But from the sound of the music, it seems the gene pool has been diluted by more than alcohol.
Next: Merge has released a bevy of stuff anew on Emusic, and I direct y'all thusly: Ganger, for their "Canopy EP," if you want mostly instrumental drum-lead beauty from Scotland; for pop goodness go East River Pipe's "Kill the Action" single or the 3Ds' (!) Venus Trail album. And Beatnik Filmstars. I'm gonna get me some Boss Disque.
I've also scored the new Wilderness album, Vessal States, but I'm holding off until tomorrow to comment. Deliberations continue.
Also from Merge, there's this track from Butterglory's Rat Tat Tat:
A middlingly unprofessional mid-nineties outfit on Merge, now defunct, I suppose, that shared a concert with the Wedding Present one night at Tramps while I stood watching. Gedge looked like he was passively wooing Butterglory's talented, 6-foot-tall blonde drummer/singer, which made sense, since she was the be-blue-hoodied embodiment of that one, older teenage lifeguard you have a crush on during your twelfth July, boy or girl.