Friday, May 18, 2007

Fingers Crossed: The Postal Service in Madrid


Some albums are timeless. Granted, the Postal Service's Give Up is only a few years old at this point, but it has already shown unprecedented longevity. "Such Great Heights" in particular has managed to remain in the top twenty tracks over at Last.fm, a feat that's especially remarkable in a music environment that's as dynamic - and fickle - as it's ever been. So with such ubiquity the first time around, it's only natural that we'd jump at any development in that hypothetical second album. The folks over at Urge just sat down with Jimmy Tamborello recently and inquired about just that, and although the news isn't entirely hopeful, it's clear that the integrity of the band is as solid as ever:

[Ben Gibbard and I] are working on songs but it doesn't feel any more like a band. It still feels like a side project. We don't have a schedule, and I could just as easily see it never materializing again as having another album. We both want to make sure that we put it out because we have more ideas; not to sell more records. We're still working on songs the same way: by mail. We started around the beginning of this year, and it's hard to say what the sound is. I sent him a few beats, he added some stuff to it, that's it. I do like the three unfinished songs we have so far, but it's hard to say what's going to happen.

For now, here's the duo - along with Jenny Lewis - in Madrid. Incidentally, Rilo Kiley's fourth album, Under the Blacklight arrives on August 20th in the UK, so we've definitely got something to look forward to. I'm not sure about the date of the performance, but it appears to be a radio rip. In any case, it's a real treat to hear "The Dream of Evan and Chan" is its live form.

Enjoy:

1. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
2. We Will Become Silhouettes
3. Nothing Better
4. Clark Gable
5. This Place is a Prison
6. There's Never Enough Time
7. Brand New Colony
8. Such Great Heights
9. (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan

Dreams: Here

In other news...

The awesome Dawn Landes recently recorded a cover of the recently mentioned "Young Folks." Take a listen or a look!

MP3: Dawn Landes - Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John Cover)
YouTube: Dawn Landes - Young Folks (Peter Bjorn and John Cover)

3 comments:

Amplify said...

I never really expected them to release a second album so if they will, it would definitely be a wonderful surprise to me. Though I think it's going to tough for them, seeing as how loved and succesful the first one was.

Michael said...

Your blog never ceases to amaze me dude!

Jimbo said...

Oh god I am absolutely desperate for anything live from the Postal Service. Please for the love of god someone send me these in an email or shoot me in the right direction of these MP3s. The links are dead and you would be doing me a huuuuuuge favor.

My e-mail is jmundell@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for anyone that can help. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight is what I want the most.

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