Bishop Allen: “Like Castanets”

Though I am often poked fun at for having a completely healthy love of Bishop Allen, here I am again reporting on their newest EP in their 12 Months, 12 EPs project. “September” is one of the more diverse EPs, but strong just the same.

MP3: Bishop Allen – Like Castanets
Upon focusing, really focusing on it, you can see what Justin Rice sees–what he saw on a trip to South America ealier this year. But true to Bishop Allen fashion, he does it with a narrative flair that elevates the song to a whole new level. For three minutes and seventeen seconds Justin takes us on a guided tour of “the coffee trail” and the citizens within: from barking dogs to a man too caught up in religious revelry to question what he was actually celebrating.

“Like Castanets” is somewhat of a kindred spirit with my favorite Bishop Allen song, “Little Black Ache.” Only in this case, Justin isn’t finding solidarity on the night streets of New York, he’s finding a part of himself in a whole different world. And overtop of some beatutiful nylon-stringed guitar and a lazy trumpet, he relates his wonderful tale.

Bishop Allen on Myspace
Buy September or any of the new EPs for just $5

BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – Little Black Ache (from Charm School)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – Corazon (from “January”)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – Vain (from “February”)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – The Monitor (from “March”)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – Flight 180 (from “April”)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – Butterfly Nets (from “May”)
BONUS MP3: Bishop Allen – The Same Fire (from “June”)

Bishop Allen Tour Dates
10/27 New York @ Pianos
10/28 D.C. @ DC9
10/29 Lexington @ Mecca ^
10/31 Norman @ Opolis +
11/1 Albuquerque @ Launch Pad +
11/2 Phoenix @ The Rhythm Room +
11/3 Las Vegas @ [TBA] +
11/4 San Diego @ Casbah +
11/6 Los Angeles @ Troubadour +
11/7 [TBA]
11/8 [TBA]
11/9 S.F. @ Boca +
11/10 Sacramento @ The Blue Lamp +
11/11 [TBA]
11/12 Seattle @ Chop Suey +
11/13 [TBA]
11/14 Portland @ Doug Fir Lounge +
11/15 Boise @ [TBA] +
11/16 Provo @ Club Velour +
11/17 Denver @ Larimer Lounge +
11/18 Des Moines @ Vaudeville News
11/19 Chicago @ Beat Kitchen

+ opening for the Starlight Mints
^ with The Late B.P. Helium

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