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Harvey Danger and Halloween, Alaska: two very different bands.

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Harvey Danger and Halloween, Alaska have about two things in common. The first is that they both start with the letter ‘h’. The second is that I love them both very much.

Harvey Danger:
Harvey danger is sort of poppy alternative rock with some of the most amazing lyrics I’ve ever heard. I know I’m a little late getting on the Harvey Danger train (There last album, Little By Little…, was released in 2005), especially for a guy that writes for a music blog, but I ordered Little By Little… a week or so ago and it came today. I’ve been listening to it all day. The music is very versatile, I think anyone would like it. I guess if I could think of one band that they remind me of, it’s Ted Leo + the Pharmacists. And, as far as i know, everyone likes them. Anyway, some of my favorite tracks off the album so far are “Wine, Women, and Song” and “Little Round Mirrors,” which has an amazing french horn part. If you haven’t I would seriously recommend this band to you, no matter what you like. I seriously don’t understand why this band isn’t exponentially more popular

Little Round Mirrors. The sound quality kind of sucks, but it’s about the best YouTube had.

Halloween, Alaska:

Halloween, Alaska is quite a bit different. Their sound has a very ambient feel to it, with lots of computer/synthesizer generated noise. For the most part, this is very cool music, if that makes sense. The best of their two albums is their self-titled. It’s one of those albums that absolutely has to be enjoyed with headphones in the dark. Every track on the album is a winner.

I Can’t Live Without My Radio. This song isn’t from their self-titled, it’s actually a cover of an LL Cool J song. It’s superb.



Written by Jacob Z

June 21, 2008 at 4:24 pm

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  1. “Little Round Mirrors” is one of my favorite songs, period. When people are like “describe your life in a song,” that’s usually the one I pick. I also really like “What You Live By” off that album, but all 3 records are great. Do you know The Long Winters? Sean Nelson co-founded them with John Roderick (who fronts that band) and Chris Walla–they’re great.

    I had not heard Halloween, Alaska, but I’m kinda diggin’ that. Another band added to my list of “check this out.”

    Sarah K

    June 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  2. Also, for the curious who didn’t know this, HD put [i]Little By Little[/i] on their website as free download:

    So if anybody doesn’t know the record, check that out.

    Sarah K

    June 21, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  3. Dammit. I always forget when to use HTML and when to use UBB.

    *shuts up now*

    Sarah K

    June 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  4. I’ll definitely check out the Long Winters.

    Jacob Z

    June 21, 2008 at 4:55 pm

  5. lol, to used to the-n?

    Jacob Z

    June 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm

  6. Their best album (The Long Winters) is When I Pretend to Fall–at least it’s my favorite, so I’d recommend that one.

    Hah, yeah, a little bit. Anytime I’m writing in a text box…

    Sarah K

    June 21, 2008 at 5:02 pm

  7. I just checked out “Pushover” on YouTube. That’s a great song. I’ll definitely be ordering an album soon, probably the on you just recommended.

    Jacob Z

    June 21, 2008 at 5:05 pm

  8. Woot! Someone else is appreciating the lyrics of HD. ❤ I got Little by Little and the second disc + a t-shirt and a few pins from them a few months ago (actually, scratch that, more like a year ago).

    Hahaha, my girlfriend hates Ted Leo. ): He’s great, imo, though. Seeing him live was way cool. has some other Sean Nelson work on it.

    Halloween, Alaska was a bit on the soft side for me, but I could definitely see it being that good in-the-dark-with-headphones-on sort of music!

    Marshall B

    June 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm

  9. Yes, the lyrics are really really great. I like the lyrics on War Buddies the most so far, but I just love the French Horn part on Little Round Mirrors so much.
    How can you hate Ted Leo?!?!
    Yeah, HA is pretty soft stuff, and that song is really about all the harder it gets =P

    Jacob Z

    June 21, 2008 at 7:14 pm

  10. War Buddies and What You Live By are excellent tunes. My personal favorite CD of theirs is King James Version. Hardly Dangerous here has an unreleased CD of theirs. (It’s linked to on the band’s website, so it’s okay with them.)

    The alternate version of Authenticity is great. As are The Ballad of the Tragic Hero, Plague of Locust, and Defrocked. Well, all of them, really. There are some music videos and wallpapers and stuff there too.

    Marshall B

    June 21, 2008 at 7:43 pm

  11. I think Ted Leo is super good at what he does and he’s talented, but I just can’t get into his music.

    HD is really overlooked, but I don’t understand why. People like witty stuff and HD paints great images with their lyrics.
    “We’ve all heard about the rapist nun.
    She pulled a switch on everyone.
    The altar boys aren’t having fun ”

    And it’s super neat you guys are having people link to you. 🙂


    June 22, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  12. Who are you guys? I like this post.


    March 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm

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