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“You might recognize one of The Laureates‘ multi-instrumentalists, Adam Penly, as a member of fellow Chicago rocker Paul Cary‘s band.
The song featured here, ‘Don’t Lose Your Cool,’ appears on his other group’s upcoming full-length album, Spells, which was recorded “old school” on an 8-track tape machine. It shakes off any traces of the harsh Midwest winter during which it was recorded and comes out swinging with a summery pop-rock riff replete with resonant harmonizing.
In 2010, The Laureates undertook a year-long project, recording and releasing a cover each month as part of its ‘Year of The Covers’ experiment. All of the tracks, including covers of Dinosaur Jr., Yo La Tengo, Wire, and more, are available for download on the band’s website.”
Hey, it’s getting warm out so we decided to pick one of the best summer songs from one of the best summer albums of all time. I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One was a huge record for us, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you. I can remember vividly the first time I saw Ira shred a guitar on stage at Gabe’s Oasis in Iowa City. It was truly a life-changing event. Here’s our take on Yo La Tengo’s great tune, “Sugarcube”.
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Evan Davies over at WFMU just posted this great entry on the WFMU blog about our live set at the station: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/04/the-laureates-play-live-at-wfmu.html
You can get all the links there, but if you haven’t heard the WFMU set yet, it’s available for free download at the Free Music Archive right here along with the first 7″ EP and No Kontrol. There are a few unreleased tunes on there as that will probably become a part of our next LP. You heard it from Evan’s show first!
Well geeez, we forgot to post about the new cover for April! It’s The Soft Boys’ classic I Wanna Destroy You, and you can listen to it and download it right over there >>. Or if you’re looking at this from anywhere but the website, go to the website and then look over here >>.
Also, we’re getting ready to hit the road for a few shows in New York. Hope to see a lot of good friends along the way and meet some new ones too. Come out to one of the shows if you can.
The cover tune for March is here, this time exclusively via Chicagoist for the first week of March. Here’s what they have to say about it:
“The Laureates don’t seem to believe in taking things easy. They just celebrated the release of their new EP No Knotrol over the weekend, and they’re currently amidst a run of releasing a free MP3 cover song to fans every month throughout 2010. January found them putting their own spin on The Velvet Underground’s ‘I Can’t Stand It’ and February’s offering was the creeping Breeders nugget ‘Do You Love Me Now.’
This month the band tackles ‘With A Girl Like You’ by primordial garage stompers The Troggs and they are releasing it exclusively through Chicagoist for the first week of March! So snag it below and kick the week of with their raw guts-n-blood take on the tune.”
Go grab it at Chicagoist now!
Seriously, totally free. We had a great time making this record with our friends, and we just wanted to remove another barrier to getting our music out there so more people could hear it.
Head over to CandyDinner.com to download No Kontrol for FREE!