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One of my favorite albums of the year so far is AWOLNATION’s Megalithic Symphony. “Sail” is the obvious hit song from the album but one underappreciated song is “Wake Up.” The song is a dancey, upbeat, bass-driven song that follows “Sail” and propels the album to its close. See for yourself:

AWOLNATION: “Wake Up”

Then there is the tried and true “Wake Up” from that band called, Rage Against the Machine. Their “Wake Up” is the standout track from their self-titled debut album from 1991. It’s no surprise that the song is placed in the heart of the album because their “Wake Up” features the band hitting on all cylinders. Having the song featured during the final sequence of the Matrix didn’t hurt either:

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: “Wake Up”

Lastly, what is by now considered an indie rock classic, the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” is a song of an almost cathartic nature. Their “Wake Up” ends The Funeral and it leaves the listener with a sense of hope as Win Butler finishes off the song with the exclamation, “You better look out below!” When witnessing the band perform the song live, it’s almost impossible to feel the sense of urgency and conviction that defines the Arcade Fire:

ARCADE FIRE: “Wake Up”

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In conjunction with this music blog, today I started the Our Shadows Will Remain Internet radio station. The station will feature songs that have resonated with me recently. In addition, future programming on the station will feature interviews from performers such as Josh Ritter, an unsigned show and a local WV music show with concert listings. Any interested in bands and musicians can submit material for consideration by contacting me via nicedreaminc@yahoo.com.

One of the bands I am currently featuring on the OSWR Internet radio station is What Made Milwaukee Famous from Austin, TX. The band will be touring the west coast later this month and the east coast in March in support of their upcoming new album, What Doesn’t Kill Us on Barsuk Records. The album is due out March 4, 2008. Louis XIV will be performing with WMMF during their east coast run.

I was first introduced by What Made Milwaukee Famous via an episode of Austin City Limits two years ago. Suprisingly, they headlined the episode and Franz Ferdinand opened for them. And even more surprisingly, they blew Franz Ferdinand away. Granted, it was a “home game” for WMMF, but their energetic set propelled their set forward. Their set included “idecide” and “Hellodrama” from their album, Trying to Never Catch Up.

One of the most blogged about songs this year is “Resistance St.” from What Doesn’t Kill Us. The song is a thoughtful rocker minus some of the keyboard timbre of “idecide.” If the rest of their new album is of the same quality as “Resistance St.,” it will be well worth picking up.

MP3: WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS — “Resistance St.”MP3: WHAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS — “idecide”

Here is my first ever independent weekly podcast. This time around you can hear the new Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts song, “Diamond Ring” from their upcoming album, Let’s Just Be and the National’s “Fake Empire” from their upcoming album, Boxer.

MP3:Podcast: Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts and The National – “Diamond Ring” and “Fake Empire”

You can find out more about Joseph Arthur and the Lonely Astronauts here:
Joseph Arthur Homepage
Lonely Astronaut Records
Joseph Arthur Myspace


More information about The National can be found here:
The National Myspace
The National Homepage

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