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Future Islands played a small and sold-out show at The Eagle Rock Center of the Arts last night, spending most of the night unveiling songs off their pending 4AD debut, Singles. It was really exciting to hear the new songs for the first time, and the band seemed genuinely excited about them as well. They opened with a song called, “Back In The Tall Grass,” which was by far the highlight of the night for me – slowly building until a rhythm break that had everyone dancing. Can’t wait to hear it again.
Mid-last year, I had a momentary lapse while listening to Songs: Ohia‘s “Just Be Simple” — one of those thoughts that you are immediately embarrassed about — that I should make a point of checking Jason Molina’s touring schedule so I could see him the next time he came to town. It’s amazing how one can put sad thoughts out of one’s mind rather than hang on to them. It was only mere months ago that I had read with great pain of the loss of Jason to addiction. Those songs still live with me, though they hit me a bit harder now that he has left us.