#24 on the 2012 Musical Bacon Calendar
A Different Ship by Here We Go Magic
Yes, this band has a terrible name. But I haven’t had much trouble ignoring terrible names in the past, when the music deems worthy. After all, Neutral Milk Hotel is my absolute all-time favorite, and it’s probably the worst offender. All things considered, Here We Go Magic is a terrible name for a pretty fun band.
Earlier this year I heard the song featured in the video above, “How Do I Know,” and was stopped in my tracks. It’s one of those sickening, totally poppy songs that gets stuck in your head immediately after the first chorus. But sometimes you’re in the mood for one of those kinds of songs. It’s also the best song on this album, A Different Ship, the Brooklyn band’s fourth full-length record. It’s a good album with a great song.
Here We Go Magic were great. The foursome play Talking Heads-ish electronic-based indie rock, with a lot of long droning-beat interludes stringing multiple songs together. The wind was blowing strong from the South, causing the hair of bassist/keyboardist Jen Turner to blow straight out behind her as she did her Tina Weymouth thing on the bass and backing vocals. The band ended the set on the very catchy “How Do I Know,” with the whole audience bouncing up and down in a mad frenzy.
If you like drawn out bouncy solos and frenzied dancing, go check them out. And if you like catchy songs that come dangerously close to overstaying their welcome time and time again, definitely check out this album.
25. Negotiations by the Helio Sequence
26. Moms by Menomena
27. The Sound of the Life of the Mind by Ben Folds Five
28. Shields by Grizzly Bear
29. Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun by The Wooden Sky
30. Fragrant World by Yeasayer
31. Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells