Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Smittens/Just Joans Split 7"


The Smittens and The Just Joans

The newest 7" release from WeePOP! Records is a real winner! It's an ocean-spanning split single featuring Burlington, Vermont's Smittens and The Just Joans, from Motherwell, Scotland (with love). The two bands have been longtime fans of each other and that mutual love eventually led to this split 7" record with each band covering one of the others' songs as well as an original single of their own! I've had it going since I got ahold of it and let's just say it's a thing of beauty! The Smittens' superb and genuinely moving take on The Just Joans' "What Do We Now?" (which they covered live at this year's NYC Popfest) is probably my personal standout of the four tracks, but The Just Joans' cover of The Smittens' classic "Gin And Platonic" comes in at a close second, sounding about as arresting as a pop song possibly could. Speaking of which, the chorus of "Gin And Platonic" has always reminded me of The Go-Gos' "Vacation" – am I just crazy?

Anyway, to be clear, every track of this record is frankly the kitten's whiskers, so do yourself a big, big Summer favor and grab this one up post-haste! You can preorder it right now from WeePOP!

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7 Comments:

OpenID take_that_smile_and_run said...

Héhé yes there is clearly a little something in the chorus.

"G&P" is my favorite. Ah! I could sing that refrain without stopping.

Eric

11:25 AM  
Blogger String Bean Jen said...

Yes, I totally teared up from the poignancy of the song when the Smittens performed 'What Do We Do Now?' at Indietracks. Overall, this four-tracker is a beautiful little single.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

i keep wishing the end of the "what do we do now?" cover would just go on forever. all those overlapping vocals, ah!!

12:33 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

so glad you liked it!
yow!

4:13 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

so glad you made it!

3:47 AM  
Blogger Gilberto said...

Great!!

11:45 AM  
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