Archive for the 'The Walkmen' Category

Monday, June 4th, 2012

It’s getting to where the appearance of a new Walkmen record is a quiet, intimate event. Heaven, like Lisbon and You & Me before it, has shown up like a best man on an airplane, radiating fraternal excitement and deep commitment and positive nostalgia. Since graduating themselves from the early-aughts New York scene, The Walkmen […]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Walkmen have long employed mood and atmosphere into their sound as if they were a sixth member; as such they deftly capture the bittersweet, slightly inebriated, tone of “the holidays.” The below track is their own take on the festivities, courtesy of 2004’s Christmas Party ep. MP3: The Walkmen :: Christmas Party _____________________________________________________________________________________

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Last week at the Greek theater, just prior to the Walkmen taking the stage, I overheard a man trying to explain the band’s sound to his date. A number of adjectives and descriptors were tossed about — ‘torchy,’ ‘indie rock,’ ‘crooner,’ ‘jazz’ — which is fitting for a group that continues to defy easy genre […]

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

The Walkmen’s latest record, Lisbon, is another set of glossy black-and-white drama from the New York quintet.  Like You & Me before it, Lisbon paints its portraits of drawn-out relationships with wiry guitars and off-center drums.  Aquarium Drunkard caught up with vocalist Hamilton Leithauser a few days before Lisbon’s release. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Aquarium Drunkard: How are […]

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Our friends at Daytrotter are quite the prolific bunch — to the point I can’t possibly keep up with everything they are doing in real time. But I do make a point to go back and catch up on the sessions I’ve missed.  Most recently this included the two separate sessions the Walkmen cut while […]

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) I know, I’m with you. It’s hot out there. Late summer in Los Angeles, much of which by the way is un-air conditioned, can be brutal. And then there are those Santa Ana winds ‘blowing hot from the north.’  […]

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Happy New Year.  In case you missed it, The Walkmen’s album You & Me was one of our favorite LPs of 2008.  As the year closes out we caught up with Walter Martin to discuss, among other things, the critical reaction to the band’s previous two releases, The Velvet Underground, Roy Orbison, recording/production and songwriting, […]