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Bellflur

Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues

(Sad Sewer Alligator; US: 13 Oct 2009; UK: Import)

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Bellflur

Asleep. Asleep.

(Sad Sewer Alligator; US: 8 Jun 2010; UK: Import)

If the cruel, fickle mechanics of the indie rock hype machine worked its gears for the betterment of acts who were not lionized by Pitchfork Media and its blogospheric minions for a change, then a group like Maryland’s Bellflur would be as huge as Radiohead in the eyes of the hipster masses. But just because they are not the choice of the popular kids in school doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check them out. In fact, you’d be a fool not to surrender yourself to the potent blend of indie rock chops, art pop vibes, and Eraser-esque rhythmic sensibilities of this immensely talented Washington DC act. Do yourself a favor and pick up both their late 2009 EP Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues and its even-better full-length follow-up Asleep. Alseep. as soon as humanly possible, particularly you fans of Spiritualized, the Flaming Lips, and early Gomez. Some quality modern day AOR from a group who deserves far more exposure in the coming years.

Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues

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Asleep. Asleep.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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