Thursday, March 1, 2007
Midlake tonight at the Casbah
Midlake's "Roscoe" ended up on just about everyone's Best Songs of 2006 list, and despite my superstition of albums where the first song is the first single, "The Trials of Van Occupanther" proved to hold the tension of "Roscoe" to the finish.
Midlake was definitely a "blog band" in 2006 but, thankfully, they never got into that indie-hype range. With a Fleetwood Mac/Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young-influenced, 70s-A.M.-radio sound, they could have easily been pigeonholed. The mainstream "look what blogs can do" kind of stories almost write themselves. But "Van Occupanther" isn't an example or a harbinger of something bigger. It's a solid sophomore album that deserves to be heard by more people.
Tickets are still available for the show if you're looking for a good way to start your weekend early.
Midlake — Roscoe (MP3)
Midlake — Head Home (MP3)