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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

My favorite album EVER??? (re-post)

This is a first for me - I am re-posting an old post. Let me explain why: for quite a while the album discussed below topped my list of favorite albums of all time. Then, for some reason, it fell out of regular rotation on my iPod. Why? Perhaps I had listened to it a bit too much, perhaps I was distracted by other new music, perhaps I had listened to it so much that it was permanently lodged in my sonic-memory, thus obviating the need to actually play it again, because I was all in my head anyway.

In any case, I put it on today while writing and got really excited again about it. I have listened to this album more times than any other in my collection - and I am still not tired of it AT ALL! I love this album! So, without further blabbing - here is my previous blog post (with a few updates and edits) . . .

This is a band that everyone in the world should know: The Player Piano. Before breaking up in 2003, they released on the most musically mature and complex albums that I have ever seen come out of a local college scene. This is an album that I have listened to hundreds of times, and never gotten sick. And, to top it all off, they keep it interesting with almost no vocals. Their demise, prompted by members going to Harvard Law and other such lofty pursuits, was one of the saddest days in the Provo, UT music scene. Honestly, I think people probably held candlelight vigils. And, if they didn't, they should have.

But, good news folks - Friend of Mine Records, Inc., (a Japanese venture) re-released this album. Better yet, the reissue included 2 previously unreleased tracks - Jazz Odyssey and Cottus Carolinae, which had not been mixed in time to be included on the original Sunset Alliance release.

So here is what you do:
  1. Download this sample MP3 from their original album (see below)
  2. Listen to the other sample tracks available on The Player Piano's Myspace page
  3. Flood their Myspace inbox with messages begging them to reform, record a new album, go on tour and conquer the world (not necessarily in that order)
  4. Since the original release is LONG out of print (although Dave may have some left . . . I'm not sure), buy the Japanese re-issue. You can purchase it from Stinkweeds online, or perhaps contact Dave at the Sunset Alliance - he might have some copies.
This is an album to play on a long solo road trip or to put on a nice pair of hi-fi headphones and be engulfed by.


The Player Piano - After the Fact [download mp3]

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