Record of the day: Citay ‘Dream Get Together’

I’ve been listening to Citay’s new record ‘Dream Get Together’ a little too much this week, neglecting almost everything else in its wake. Sprawling guitar solos, over the top 70s inspired prog-rock and quirky boy ‘n girl lyric interchange. This could be another one of those binge albums that I’ll over-consume and never listen to again, however only time will tell.

In the meantime, I thoroughly suggest you give it a listen. If I were a numbers man (WHICH I AM!) I’d go out of my way to rate this a steady 7 out of 10.

Myspace vs. Amazon vs eMusic.com (Chhheeaaap!) vs (highly unethical, but free!) download

Beards and bands and sold out venues

The other day whilst drinking my daily dose of beers at the Beirhuis, a tour poster above the urinal caught my attention. I had never heard of any of the advertised bands, but dang yo that was one good looking band (Great Lake Swimmers). Nice photography, I thought. Nice beards. Beards say a lot about bands as of late, I thought. Nice. I am going to go home, sober up over a period of days, and damn well listen to these bands and very much consider going to one of these shows.. That was what I thought, before drowning another Trappist.

Having sobered up this morning (exactly three days on), I ventured over to the venue website and found that it had already sold out. After seconds of disapointment, I opened up Spotify and found that with beardness comes a certain degree of musical blandness. Whilst I appreciate Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and all the other well-groomed bands that popped out in 2008, sometimes I can’t help but think that there is a line to draw in the sand. A line I am quite content calling “December 31st 2008”.

Anyway, if you’re in Gent, still in a pro-beardy mood, and already have a ticket for the gig, I suggest you click play below and have a listen to Great Lake Swimmers before I totally move on and listen to some more Peaches, or, something.