[mp3] COOLRUNNINGS: “Fool Moon” & “Rusk” (demos)

In the wake of how fantastic Dracula Is Only the Beginning was, I’d already started jonesing for my next COOLRUNNINGS fix. Luckily WTD stepped up by sharing these two new tracks.

MP3: COOLRUNNINGS – Rusk (demo)
Both of these tracks are a bit different from what DIOTB led me to expect. “Rusk” is a slow guitar rocker that borders on drone at times, while “Fool Moon” is a relaxing keyboard dream-pop song. Good to have both in the iTunes library; now if only I could start buying their stuff on wax…


[VIDEO] COOLRUNNINGS: “Dracula is Only the Beginning”

While not my favorite track on Dracula Is Only the Beginning, the title track is definitely the one with the best title. Thanks to Weekly Tape Deck for posting this insane music video. It’s an unofficial work done by Theiving Walrus, but hey — any excuse to post about COOLRUNNINGS again this week.

Earlier this week I fell pretty hard for COOLRUNNINGS, specifically their new album from which this song is pulled. Definitely suggest that you check ’em out and buy their newest album if you enjoy it.

[MP3] COOLRUNNINGS: “Chorus” & “Brunettes”

And just by posting this cover image I have ensured that my girlfriend will say “ew” the next time she looks at my site. But hey, it’s unique and memorable.

Where to start with COOLRUNNINGS? First of all, if anyone in the band wants to let me know if I have to keep writing the name in all caps, that’d be handy. Secondly, I feel pretty thick-skulled for waiting this long to check out this band. It seems like half of the blogs I read have been pushing COOLRUNNINGS for at least all of 2011. And man, these guys are awesome. Expect to see me cover everything they do until they commit the fatal but common error of inviting Will.i.am to do some guest vocals/production.

Is there a better/worse record to come out the same week that Panda Bear’s Tomboy leaked? I say better because it’s a great stylistic compliment to Tomboy; I say worse because there are times… where I think COOLRUNNINGS might have songs that could beat a few on Tomboy. Not that they’re really comparable albums, just that I think COOLRUNNINGS had their head in the same place as Noah for a lot of this reacord — which, by the way, is called Dracula Is Only The Beginning. Fantastic, right?

Stream/buy COOLRUNNINGS’ album on Bandcamp