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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Made Me a Mixtape

posted by on May 22 at 16:26 PM

I just got a promo copy of Vagrant’s upcoming collection of the Anniversary’s rarities and b-sides, The Devil on Our Side, due out June 24th. Hell yes! Back before file-sharing was totally ubiquitous and mp3s killed the mixtapes etc, when I was still mostly getting my b-sides on the literal back sides of 7”s, I put at least a couple of these Anniversary tracks on damn near every mixtape I made for a couple years there. “Alright For Now,” “Alone in Debtford,” “Vasil & Bluey,” and “To Never Die Young” were particular favorites. It was a shame when the band got all hippie and then broke up. But hey! Mixtapes! Also, there’s some unheard/unreleased songs on here that I haven’t yet listened to thoroughly enough to review, although so far it seems like some late period Of Montreal indie funk, only less fanciful and more laconic.

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Wait, is this "Designing A Nervous Breakdown" The Anniversary? The super-catchy, synth-y, boy-girl vocals The Anniversary?

Posted by me too | May 22, 2008 8:01 PM

The same.

Posted by Eric Grandy | May 22, 2008 10:17 PM

Wow...I haven't met too many folks who have heard of The Anniversary, much less dig 'em. Not that they were *terribly* obscure or anything, but still - just kind of a turn-of-the-century blip on the pop-emo radar.

I never dug the hippie-fied second album, but "Designing" is an overlooked classic, packed full of hooks. It's one of my favorite records of 2000...

Posted by me too | May 24, 2008 1:18 AM

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