The Long Winters
Weather seems to be a predominant topic in many of my posts and tradition calls for another. Contrary to this season, the Seattle-based band The Long Winters is anything but cold. It’s not hard to find praises to sing about a band found on the same independent label (Barsuk Records) as Death Cab for Cutie, Harvey Danger, Menomena, Nada Surf, Rilo Kiley, They Might Be Giants, and many other prominent groups. The fact that Chris Walla has added his expertise in production and instrumentation to two of The Long Winters’ albums only adds to the Barsuk legacy; with that I’m surprised more people aren’t aware of the awesomeness of this group. They’ve been a longtime favorite of mine but I’ll take a page from LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow and simply say “you don’t have to take my word for it”. Just give them a listen and if the lyrics to songs like “Hindsight” or “Teaspoon” don’t hook you I don’t know what will.