What the heck is it with Seattle and great alternative music? Exactly how much can one place produce? Will have to leave that question for a future post.
In the meantime, I bought Death Cab for Cutie’s (DCFC) new album entitled Codes and Keys on iTunes last night. All I can say is WOW!!! I love this album from stem to stern.
I have liked a number of individual songs by DCFC, with my all time favorite track being “Marching Bands of Manhattan.” I also know the foursome are one of the best alternative/indie bands of all time, but “Codes and Keys” is really something quite special and contains an amazing array of terrific songs.
Codes and Keys will definitely go down as an all-time classic. People will be talking about DCFC’s seventh album many decades from now and it guarantees their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they will be eligible, as if that were a question in the first place.
Dang it if DCFC, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the Raveonettes are not making it a pain in the butt for me to choose a best album for the first half of 2011. Guess too much great music is a nice problem to have. : )
My favorite tracks are (the first three are tied for my top track):
“You Are a Tourist” (cool video too – see below)
“Doors Unlocked and Open” (intro reminds me so much of Sonic Youth)
“Monday Morning” (great song)
“Unobstructed Views” (ahhh, nothing like a little shoegaze/space rock)
“Codes and Keys” (title track)
“Underneath the Sycamore”
Here’s the official video for “You Are a Tourist.”