For The Love Of Roscoe: Looking Back On Midlake’s ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’

2007. It was a pretty good year for music. Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky, Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Radiohead’s In Rainbows, Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible, LCD Soundsystem’s Sound of Silver, Nine Inch Nails’ Year Zero, of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, just to name a few. All of those mentioned albums had […]

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Midlake :: Antiphon

So here’s the scoop in case you didn’t know or didn’t really care, Midlake was/is a band from Denton, Texas that was fronted by a guy named Tim Smith. They created strange worlds on their albums that were part renaissance fair and part Ray Bradbury novel. A renaissance fair that took place in another dimension […]

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Antiphon is sorta brilliant…

I’m on my third spin in a row of Midlake’s newest album -and first without former singer/leader Tim Smith- Antiphon. I will admit that when I first heard the album on NPR’s First Listen I was a little worried. Not that the album sounded bad. That’s not it at all. It’s just that nothing was […]

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John Grant-Queen of Denmark

It took three years but I finally found the proper follow-up to Midlake’s The Trials of Van Occupanther in John Grant’s Queen of Denmark.  Man, I can’t believe I’d never listened to this album.  It’s filled with Midlake’s penchant for creating these wooded landscapes and D&D-lite atmosphere, but since it’s NOT their album the melancholy […]

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Midlake: The Sound of Fall

As I was out blowing leaves and raking pine needles yesterday for two hours the thing that kept me going was music.  Give me any repetitive, back breaking work and I’ll accomplish it no problem…as long as I’ve got music pumping in my ears.  One of the bands that played through my headphones yesterday was […]

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