Sunday, August 30, 2009

If you're still gonna tell me that I'm set to drown, I'm gonna tell you that I'll be okay.

With great power comes great responsibility. Or, you know, something like that. The new job at TRACER that you may have heard about means the inevitable is coming and my time in Chicago is fairly limited.

It's very bittersweet and I'm sure in the coming months, I'll discuss my move more in depth but for now, my brain's been busy thinking of all the things I want to do before autumn sets in and I pack my bags for Cincinnati.

I wanna take my Jeff Tweedy loving dad down to Marina City and take a picture in front of the buildings that gained national fame on the cover of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, one of my favorite albums of all time. I want to have a picnic in Millennium Park with a Jimmy John's unwich and a charming fella even though I haven't met any of those around these parts yet and even though I did see a rat in Millennium Park one time. & I want to see Archie Powell and the Exports live.

Quickly becoming my favorite Chicago based band, Archie Powell and the Exports deliver a wonderful, catchy brand of poppy indie rock that's hard to resist and hey, the guys are dang cute. That's always a plus because, as we've discussed before, cute guys who make good music are basically the best kind of cute guys around.

I've found myself drawn to Archie Powell's vaguely alt-country, incredibly charming melodies and relatable lyrics because, hey, I'm dead broke and disillusioned in Chicago too! But even if you're not, Archie Powell will probably appeal to you. For instance, my former roommate is down in southern Illinois at college but she'll no doubt be drawn to Archie Powell if only for the O.C. reference he tosses out in "Mattson Is A Flake".

Something for everyone? Possibly. Check out the video for "Loose Change" and find out for yourself.

Even better than a video however is the fact that the Exports have graciously put up their entire Loose Change EP for free download.