Alright, so 2006′s A Hundred Miles Off was…well, a bit off; and the follow-up Pussy Cats, a practically note for note rendition of Harry Nilsson’s rasp-fest was, while good, just that (more often than not making me want to throw on the original and be done with it). But forget all that, or at least don’t let it stop you from giving The Walkmen’s new LP You & Me a good listen. All the fans that swore the band off, heralding Bows + Arrows as their pinnacle, should step up and reinvest. It’s well worth it.
The website Amie Street is presently selling the album for five bucks (a few weeks prior to the physical release date), with proceeds going to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, which is part of the site’s “Download to Make a Difference” campaign. So, in addition to the tunes, this is guaranteed to up your karma, not to mention making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s what we call a “win-win.”