Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Shuffle: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

So while this post series is usually Eli's business, with his traveling abroad this semester it looks as though I will be taking the reigns, so to speak. This week, my computer brought up a band I've only just begun to listen to, Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros, led by Alex Ebert, former lead vocalist of the band Ima Robot.

After taking a number of emotional blows (girlfriend leaving/joining Alcoholics Anonymous), Ebert created the character of Edward Sharpe, who (in Eberts own words) "was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind....but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love." What followed was the 2009 release "Up from Below", which features up to 10 people playing instruments ranging from accordions to hand claps, creating an album with a very late-60's feel. All the songs are catchy as hell, with the clear standout being the 6th track, "Home", which is basically what Johnny and June Carter Cash would've sounded like if Johnny didn't always have such a somber tone..check it out below

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