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Surely I Can Win Your Heart: A Beulah Collection

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Beulah  I Love John, She Loves Paul  buy on itunes
Beulah  Maroon Bible  buy on itunes
Beulah  Lay Low For The Letdown  buy on itunes
Beulah  Disco: The Secretaries Blues  buy on itunes
Beulah  Shotgun Dedication  buy on itunes
Beulah  Dig The Subatomic Holdout #2  buy on itunes
Beulah  Score From Augusta  buy on itunes
Beulah  Sunday Under Glass  buy on itunes
Beulah  Matter Vs. Space  buy on itunes
Beulah  Emma Blowgun's Last Stand  buy on itunes
Beulah  Ballad Of The Lonely Argonaut  buy on itunes
Beulah  Warmer  buy on itunes
Beulah  If We Can Land A Man On The Moon,
Surely I Can Win Your Heart 
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Beulah  Hello Resolven  buy on itunes
Beulah  A Good Man Is Easy To Kill  buy on itunes
Beulah  Gene Autry  buy on itunes
Beulah  Silver Lining  buy on itunes
Beulah  Popular Mechanics For Lovers  buy on itunes
Beulah  Gravity's Bringing Us Down  buy on itunes
Beulah  Cruel Minor Change  buy on itunes
Beulah  Landslide Baby  buy on itunes
Beulah  My Side Of The City  buy on itunes
Beulah  Fooled With The Wrong Guy  buy on itunes
Beulah  Don't Forget To Breathe  buy on itunes

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I'd originally made a split-mix, a few years back, half Beulah and half Minders (a like-minded act), but decided it was time to let these guys stand on their own. For those who blinked quickly and missed 'em, Beulah were a fantastic and painfully underappreciated San Francisco-based indie pop band in the mid-90's to early 00's, part of the Elephant 6 retro-pop collective (at least initially, with Apples in Stereo frontman Rob Schneider producing their first album). This is a straight chronological run through their 4 albums, each of which showed amazing and steady growth. Their 1997 debut, notwithstanding the mix's lead-off track, owed less to the Beatles than to alt. rockers like Superchunk and Pavement, though there was a bit of a 60s garage band sound to it as well. Lo-fi and thin, but a handful of distinctive tracks. For the 1999 follow-up, the wonderful When Your Heartstrings Break, the Beatles (and Beach Boys) fixation became readily apparent, with much denser instrumentation and more sophisticated melodies and structures. Unbelievably catchy, and would have been a career high if not for 2001's The Coast Is Never Clear, which managed to raise the bar even further. Just as many drop-dead off-kilter baroque pop songs, with an even more captivating studio sheen (which is not to say it was overly commercial by any stretch. A studio wonk's dream. Alas, their 2003 swan song, Yoko, took things one step too far, with the overly busy production and song structure distracting from the songs, and catchy hooks at times taking a back seat to musical cleverness. Still, a few more fine songs (if none quite as unforgettable as the highlights of the previous two albums), and tempers the pop with a dose of melancholy (as over half the band was apparently going through divorces and break-ups at the time).
Frontman Miles Kurosky has been talking about a solo album for some time, but apparently has had some health problems. Hoping he gets back on his feet and finishes it up (though I have no idea what I could cut from this to make room for more tracks).
Incidentally, the photo here (an official band promo) was shot in front of the building where I work (the shiny corporate-looking one in the background, not the small brown building in front). Neat.
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buglady
Date: 3/15/2008
I'm mighty fond of their lush brand of pop/rock... a stellar compilation!
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The first and last albums leave a little something to be desired, and so obviously you leaned most heavily on their incredible two albums in the middle. There's also a couple worthy b-sides that would've snuck their way into my version of a mix like this. But overall, nice sampling of most of the band's best songs!
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anthony lombardi
Date: 3/15/2008
i really like this band & i really like this mix - "i love john, she loves paul" is quite possibly my all-time favorite song title, & track 13 is a real favorite (as it must be of most people)
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CBlaze
Date: 3/15/2008
I remember listening to the band for the first time - I was at Borders and my friend said "listen to this Beach Boys rip off". And I put the headphones on and started to listen and said "This is it! This is what I've been looking for!" and bought 'The Coast is Never Clear' on the spot. I love this band and I miss them dearly!
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Moe
Date: 3/16/2008
You Beluah my mind with this one, my friend. Never heard their first and last releases, but the middle two are proof enough that they were a great band. I know track 13 appears on almost every other mix posted on AOTM. Nice building too:)

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