I was the last person to leave the station last night and on my way out the door I stopped by Scott Mullins’ desk to take a quick look through the piles of CDs that had been submitted to the station over the past week. When I got the the bottom of a pile in the middle of Scott’s desk, despite the fact that I was all alone at 88Nine, I let out an audible “OH, YES!” when I saw Constantine’s new album “Kensington Heights” (at an independent record store near you 4/28/08).
I first saw Toronto’s Constantines in 2001 at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. It remains among the best live shows I have seen in my life, followed close behind by another of their shows I saw at the same venue in 2004. I’m trying to figure out how to get to their 4/24 show (again at the Bottle) despite having to attend a maternity class with my wife Carrie that night (our “d-day” is 10 weeks away) and flying out of Mitchell at 6am the next morning.
Believe it: live music can be a religious experience.
But as incendiary as their live shows are, I probably wouldn’t be making the effort to make the trip if I hadn’t heard the new album. Let’s just say that I spent a half hour in my garage when I got home because I couldn’t stop listening to it.
Here’s the song I’m going to be lobbying to get some airplay on 88Nine:
Constantines: “Brother Run Them Down”
Let me know what you think.