Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Cloud Room Apparently Still Exists!

The first mp3 blog I ever read (before I really understood what mp3 blogs were) was BossBlog's now-extinct blog on the now-extinct Bolt.com. BossBlog seemed to catch on to everything before anyone else did (could have been my perception at the time, being a total indie newbie) -- it was on his blog in 2004 or 2005 that I first heard about the Arcade Fire, Devendra Banhart, the New Pornographers, Let's Go Sailing, Pony Up!... you name a now-respected (in many cases, near-canonical) indie rock band, and he'd posted an mp3 on it, despite the band's relative obscurity at the time.

The one band he posted on that has been relatively quiet since then, at least the example that sticks out in my mind, is the Cloud Room. It's been years since the NYC-based band released the obscenely catchy album featuring "Hey Now Now," and years seem like decades in the world of online music buzz sometimes. I feared the band might have become as extinct as the blog I discovered it on. Instead of being featured in Where Are They Now: The Indie Rock Edition, the band's actually recorded a forthcoming EP, Please Don't Almost Kill Me (due Sept. 18). The time they've spent out of the spotlight seems to have been good for the band... they obviously didn't jump into the studio to slap out a sloppy sophomore album (and I'm sure that people tried to squeeze it out of them back then). Thank you, Stereogum (head over to the 'Gum to listen to and download "24 Hr Heartache." It's reeeeal, real good, and as catchy as you would expect from the cats that brought you "Hey Now Now").

"Hey Now Now" [MP3]

The Cloud Room's website
The Cloud Room's MySpace

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