This year, they released an album called Renmin Park, and it's a keeper. Amazingly, the band from Toronto is set to release another album, a set of Vic Chesnutt covers called Demons, in November. And after one listen to "Wrong Piano," which you can listen to below, I'm already excited.
I'm also a firm believer that their live show is one of the best around - it rocks and soothes in all the right places. Luckily, I'm going to see them in a few days in Portland, Oregon, and I couldn't be more pumped, as it's been almost three years since I've had the chance. Please check back later this week for a review.
If you have been to a Junkies show, you know that the bassist, Alan Anton, is one of those guys who lurks in the background, seemingly going about his business without a care in the world. He's a central piece to many of their songs, like "Dragging Hooks" and "Lay It Down." He's also the cool cat who has given us our latest 10 to Spin, a collection of songs to enjoy while relaxing with a few drinks. We certainly applaud his choices.
"It's 5:30 on a Monday Afternoon on the patio and time to get my drink on. The sunset's gonna be psychedelic, so I'm gonna need some psycho-poppyness in the outdoor rock speakers. The speakers that look like rocks but they're actual speakers. Sound pretty good, too. We're gonna start off slow and end a bit heavy. Refresh your cocktails every third song and enjoy the view." - Alan Anton
Radar Bros. - Dear Headlights
Spoon - Stay Don't Go
Television - Marquee Moon
Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby
Eels - Love Of The Loveless
Mark Lanegan - Strange Religion
Patti Smith - Ain't It Strange
Rolling Stones - Ventilator Blues
Local H - California Songs
Nirvana - Love Buzz