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Saturday, December 15, 2007

leslie and the badgers

i'm rarely on the cutting edge of anything involving new artists, so i'm actually quite pleased with myself to be the first on the hype machine to post about leslie and the badgers. i heard this song on kcrw's new ground program today and was immediately smitten. the drums provide a straight ahead direction with a hint of earnest, there's a nostalgia in the lyrics that goes extremely well with the lap steel guitar, and leslie stevens' voice is simultaneously powerful and highly vulnerable. it's really quite an impressive little tune, and one that i very highly recommend.

a little bit about them, according to them: "we are leslie and the badgers and we formed in los angeles in march of 2006. our arrangements consist of two guitars, vocal harmonies, bass, drums, trumpet and most recently violin. comparisons have been drawn (possibly in error) to emmylou harris, lucinda williams, rilo kiley's jenny lewis."

those comparisons sound about right, especially (being a huge rilo kiley fan) the last one.

UPDATE: having now bought and listened to the rest of the album, i feel like i've had one of those rare eureka! moments where you've stumbled upon something undiscovered but unmistakably golden. now i just need to figure out if there's enough time to get this on my year end lists...

leslie and the badgers : "old timers" mp3
from the lp leslie and the badgers (self-released, 2007) myspace
stars fell to the ground when they tore the hotel down
where he and i, he and i used to go
under a moon like electric snow
a decade ago

and it was there i confess that we first had a bed to share
with a view of the runway and the airport road
and we'd ride our bikes to the fence before the lights
and watch the planes come

won't you say, won't you say you're all mine?
we'll be together 'til they call us old timers
and we'll ride our bikes to the fence before the lights
and take off on an airliner

young with a fuel that could burn through any rule
and never mind, never mind what the others said
the man at the desk with the eyes of lead
bloodshot red

winter came and it became less of a game
and more of what couldn't be taught by teachers in school
and we found in love that the world was cruel
and beautiful

won't you say, won't you say you're all mine?
we'll be together 'til they call us old timers
and we'll ride our bikes to the fence before the lights
and take off on an airliner

he went to the lake that summer with his family
and a storm came overhead and struck a tree
and it emptied his mind of everything
everything even me

and when he awoke he was gone, he wasn't there
and they took him where they said he'd get better care
and i would go and visit him there
in the white square

there is a wall that's holding back the past
and all of love's history is behind the glass
there's a place where everything will last
iron cast

won't you say, won't you say you're all mine?
we'll be together 'til they call us old timers
and we'll ride our bikes to the fence before the lights
and take off on an airliner

6 Comments:

Anonymous arlene said...

i found your blog because i was searching for the lyrics of the song. i heard it on kcrw too! so wonderful. any ways, any tips on finding those lyrics?

December 16, 2007 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger tad said...

i've now posted what i got...let me know if you think there's any mistakes...

December 16, 2007 at 7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting I was having a hard time finding that song.
Happy New Year.

December 31, 2007 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leslie and the Badgers is an amazing band!! It is rare to find a CD where every song is likeable; the Badger's have accomplished this and so much more. Every song is a story that pulls you in... wanting more. I recently saw them at Tangier and am excitedly attending the show at Hotel Cafe on Sunday.

Not to mention the amazing music, but The Badgers themselves are some of the most down to earth, coolest people... especially for being a band from LA! :)

January 23, 2008 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger thudhead said...

Wow. I saw Leslie and the Badgers in Torrey UT at an outdoor bar. Best show I've seen in years.

August 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Charlene Huang said...

Tad, I sent you an email w/ a link to the new Badgers album. Hope you will delight in reviewing it for us!
-Charlene (Badger violinist)

July 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM  

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