New Yellow Ostrich!

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According to Alex Schaaf, Yellow Ostrich’s sophomore album, Strange Land, is a big step up in the band’s sound:

“The Mistress was a guy in a bedroom,” says Schaaf. ”Strange Land is a band. In a slightly bigger room.”

While the room situation slowly gets better, the group’s music has done nothing but solidly improve on their sophomore release. Check out “Marathon Runner” above for the instrumentally beefed-up version of Yellow Ostrich’s previous looped-guitar sound, as usual with vocal harmonies and odd lyrics galore.

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Etta James 1938-2012 and Johnny Otis 1921-2012

Two musical legends died this week. If you only know Etta James from the sample in Flo Rida’s song, you’re missing out. And Johnny Otis did as much or more for music by who he discovered (that would be Miss James) than by his biggest hit (yeah, that’s a Bo Diddley riff he’s borrowing). They’ll be missed.