02 April 2008

Golden delicious music

Lots of potentially great new music was released yesterday, including the new R.E.M., new Van Morrison, live albums from Muse and Fall Out Boy (Some people like those two bands. I don't), a Moby record and what's got to be a piece of crap from Joe Satriani, given the albums name is (I swear, it's true): "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock."

The one I'm most excited about, though, is the new release from the band that recorded one of the best records of 2007. The Apples In Stereo have just issued "Electronic Projects for Musicians." True, it's a collection of B-sides and rarities — some 10 years old — but it's a particularly strong one. One song, "Stephen Stephen," is a tribute to Mr. Colbert. You can stream the whole dang thing at the site of their label, Yep Roc.

Addendum: Just tracked down the Apples' memo to Colbert when they submitted the song to him, in late 2006. It reads thusly: “Dear Stephen, Because we are so affronted by the lawless attacks on your green screen priority, as well as by the fierceness of grizzly bears, black bears, brown bears, and the like; and because we are grateful for your efforts to alert the public to the dangers of these terrifying creatures (of course I mean The Decemberists); we have written this song "STEPHEN, STEPHEN" for your enjoyment. Your humble servants, The Apples in Stereo.”

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