Band of Horses

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I wasn’t going to originally post about Band Of Horses but the more and more I listen to their new album I find myself just in awe and although this is not one of the lesser known albums of the year it is certainly one that deserves all the praise and then some. And I am actually going to quote Pitchfork putting aside all their stuffiness :-P (yeah I said it)

“Turning despondency into indie majesty is a major talent of Band of Horses – Stephen M. Deusner, March 20, 2006″

Well golly gee gosh that is a perfect description of their music…I couldn’t have said it better myself. And even though you will find out in a couple of days I am going to say it here so it can resonate with you. :-) “The Funeral” is definitely on my “2006 Track Picks” hands down and it has been my favorite all year since it’s release in March, I can’t get sick of their climbing guitars and Ben Bridwell belting out lyrics such as lyrics like, ” At every occasion I’ll be ready for the funeral” and such lyrics as these:

I’m shaking awful…
i’m shaking, asshole
and where’s the remote?
its gonna fall off.

the snowing in cover,
do you recover from those?

and christmas time coming
and over approaching
we’ve been drinking, pardon.

as christmas time goes
i’m coming over
coming from
youre already gone

i’m wrapping up
the presents
i bought

(pretty guitar)

an overcoat
will take me anywhere
we’ve suffered enough.

its scary
to me,
and their leaving from earth.
cutting us off
knowing that
calling on
do i know anyone
i dont know


– Band Of Horses, The First Song

Currently the band is wrapping up their tour and then will start work on their follow up album.

The First Song (mp3 expired)

The Funeral (mp3 expired)

Band Of Horses
, buy Everything All The Time

And I picked up the new issue of Paste Magazine because well for one there is a Christopher Guest interview due to his recent movie For Your Consideration and because of Paste’s Music Sampler #27. The track which caught my eye was Wolves At Night by The Manchester Orchestra. And yes I know I posted about them already but I couldn’t help but mentioning them again because I think there may be only one other person in this world who could put me into a hypnotic state such as the sound of Andy Hull’s voice, and check out there myspace I am not the only girl drooling over this heart-throb. ;-) And actually mentioning this isn’t all that off topic, because his voice in sounds much like the voice of Ben Bridwell’s from Band of Horses…

Wolves At Night

Manchester Orchestra, I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child (I highly recommend purchasing their new album)

Also check out this week’s Contrast Podcast
and Rich from Cable & Tweed posted his Highlights of 2006

Ok what is your favorite track? ONE favorite 2006 track… (and no I am not going to just compile a list of all your favorites don’t worry, I don’t need to add any more choices to my already over-whelming list. But thanks! :-) So let’s here them.


12 Responses to “Band of Horses”

  1. tad on December 5th, 2006 6:00 am

    oh man oh man oh man…it is 4:45am and i have not gotten more than two winks of sleep. the insomnia’s got me, and it has got me good. weary of the tossing and turning, i turn on the computer only to wander into a funeral. hopefully it is not my funeral. although if it were, at least then i would be sleeping… will it be the cure to my restlessness? i don’t know, but it’s probably too late anyway–one hour of sleep won’t make much difference. i’m waving my white flag, insomnia. you win. now please, let me go…

    as for my top track of 2006: i am acutely aware that i risk driving him straight into the ground with my constant adulation, but for me there is no question that “poison cup” by m. ward is my very favorite song of the year.

  2. Andy on December 5th, 2006 7:01 am


    You. are. awesome.
    I am loving Band of Horses. I am looking for more of their stuff now.

    Top track of 2006? Hmmmm… I’m going to have to go with Sondre Lerche’s (I Wanna) Call It Love. I’ve been listening to it for months.

  3. w.a.fading on December 5th, 2006 7:14 am

    This won’t surprise you at all, Rachel, but one of the few songs that really stands out for me this year is the track “Shine” that comes from one of the best albums of the year. And you know who wrote that one (so I don’t need to say any more than this apart from a huge thank-you for the introduction)

  4. Don't Need Anything on December 5th, 2006 8:11 am

    mine is kind of a cheat, because its a new version of an older song – but mine is ‘samson’ by regina spektor

    …at least it is at the moment

  5. mjrc on December 5th, 2006 8:16 am

    i’m gonna go with my gut–ha!–and pick “trains to brazil” by the guillemots. it still gets to me every time i hear it.

  6. FiL on December 5th, 2006 2:21 pm

    Tad, get some sleep, or else your brain will dribble out your ears and you’ll need to stuff it back in. Trust me, I’ve been there… ;)

    Top song of 2006? Well, for me it’s gotta be “Lloyd, I’m Ready to be Heartbroken.” A lovely little jewel that even my Dearest Wife likes. Indeed, this summer the kids hollered for Camera Obscura every time we strapped ourselves into the car!! This song is now permanently welded into the happy spot of my psyche…

  7. Rachel on December 5th, 2006 8:10 pm

    tad, omg you are up later than I usually am…What gives? Sleep is your friend…And I can’t say it is a surprise that a m.ward track is your fav.

    Andy, how is possible that you and I keep suggesting good music to one another that we both have never heard of? I am going to have to check out Sondre Lerche. Thanks. :)

    w.a.fading, nothing but smiles over here. Indeed he is not only on my favorite track list but also at the very top of my favorite album list as well. I am so pleased you love him as much as I. :)

    matthew, that is a valid selection Regina Spektor is goodness indeed.

    marcy, I love the Guillemots! It’s always good to go with your gut ;)

    Fil, happy spot tracks are the best! Are you planning on doing a best of 2006? I only ask because I remember you mentioning something about not liking to make them…

  8. tad on December 6th, 2006 12:25 am

    last night was rough–i just couldn’t fall asleep..the most frustrating thing was that i knew i had to get up and take my final this morning and then stay up for the death cab/jenny lewis show this evening. i’m amazed i’m still functioning, considering. but yes, sleep is my friend and i have a rendezvous with her tonight ;-)

    and just when you think you’ve got me pegged, i’m going to surprise you with my favorite album of the year…

  9. FiL on December 6th, 2006 1:12 am

    You are indeed right, I’m not keen on drawing up year-end “best of” lists. Though I quite enjoy browsing through those compiled by others. Why my reluctance? Not sure – perhaps it’s because I dislike the implication that I’m telling folks “This is the music that mattered during the year.” Hey, maybe if I frame it as “This is a bunch of tunes released this year that I really enjoyed” I won’t see myself as a cultural fascist. Again, not that I see others who post lists as musical Stalins. Sigh, I think I’ve just tied myself into a logical knot. Where’s the Crisco??

  10. mjrc on December 7th, 2006 8:27 am

    fil–i am totally going with “these are my favorites” as opposed to “this is the best music of the year.” i mean, really, who am i to say, seeing as i’ve only heard a fraction of what’s out there. not only that, but like i told rachel, this way i can’t beat myself up later for leaving something out, as i can honestly say it’s just what i liked at the time. covering all the bases that way. : )

  11. fb on December 7th, 2006 12:49 pm

    I hadn’t heard Band of Horses before, but now want to hear more!

    I just posted my 25 Top Songs of 2006. Come look and tell me what you think!

  12. Wayne on December 9th, 2006 1:18 am

    band of horses are so good, i’m going to see them in sydney tonight,
    fav track of the year, so many to choose from, love the funeral and bleary eyed, but i would choose this sentence will ruin your life by born ruffians

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