Sunday, February 12, 2006

eMusic find for Sunday.

While The Spectacular Fantastic is the name solo artist Mike Detmer uses for his recorded output, it's also two adjectives that comfortably describe his latest opus, The Spectacular Fantastic Goes Underground. Are you down because Robert Schneider broke up Apples In Stereo? Ready to slit your wrists because Miles Kurosky broke up Beulah? Well, cheer up - this one's for you. Bravely soldiering on as if the Elephant 6 collective were still alive and well (and as if he were a charter member), Detmer gives us the Beach-Boys-filtered-through-indie-rock sound we've come to know and love, from the Apples-influenced leadoff track "Darkest Hour", to channeling the Shins on "You've Got It".

While eMusic subscribers can download it at the link above, you can stream the album in its entirety at the SF's web site. Plus, they're offering up a free EP here*, which includes a cover of the Del Shannon classic "Runaway".

Meanwhile, if you must have the physical cd, you can get it here.

And if you like what you hear, you can delve further into their catalog on eMusic, with previous releases Vortex of Vacancy and New Equations for the Simple Mind.

*NOTE: I had some problems trying to save these with the "save target as" right-click option. They would play upon clicking, but wouldn't save the normal way. So I changed my browser preferences for mp3 to "save to disk" instead of having it play with winamp (or whatever mp3 player you might have set as a helper in your browser) and that did the trick.

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