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Alamo Race Track

Black Cat John Brown

(Minty Fresh; US: 24 Jul 2007; UK: Available as import)

Getting a track on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t generally make one think that a band is going to be particularly interesting. There’s no doubt TV show licensing is a large and growing source of revenue for musical artists in these days of dwindling CD sales and rampant file trading. Yet, there’s something a little sad about the bald recognition of artists as business brands like any other type of product brand that has a saleable identity (or not, as the case may be) and licensing extensions. Perhaps perceptions are slowly changing in the face of new millennium business realities, but this sort of thing used to smell of “sell-out” once upon a time. That background is there when you encounter Alamo Race Track, a Dutch band with a massive recognition due to that Grey’s Anatomy spot and some 500,000 views to date on YouTube of a dressing room, impromptu performance of catchy, surefire hit “Black Cat John Brown”. Fortunately, this band has a lot more going for it than a single pop song. Somewhere between the sound of Sparklehorse and the poppier end of Gomez, with a bit of the Byrds’ jangle pop thrown in for good measure, Alamo Race Track serve up 12 varied and addictive tunes on their follow-up to 2003’s Birds at Home.


Alamo Race Track - Live concert including Black Cat John Brown



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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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