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Weekly Nostalgia: Braid

Posted by - 07:23 AM on 08/12/09
Writing about Champaign-Urbana based group Braid is a difficult thing to do since the band single handedly changed the way I looked at music and the sort of music I was interested in. I wrote about the significance of their music in an earlier article for Absolutepunk, which you can read here. Braid was around from roughly 1993-1999 and then reunited for a reunion tour in 2004. The band was notorious for touring heavily and their live shows were always fun, fan-fueled affairs (especially one of their final shows at the Fireside Bowl), as documented by the retrospective DVD Killing A Camera. Braid continuously improved their sound with each album going from the raw but exciting sounds of their debut Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five to the near flawless Frame & Canvas. Judging from newer songs the band recorded shortly before their demise (“Please Drive Faster”, “You’re Lucky To Be Alive”), a fourth full-length from Braid would have been nothing short of amazing. If you were a fan of the band, I suggest listening to their catalog today and listing your memories in the replies.
 
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07:26 AM on 08/12/09
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The New Nathan Detroits



Breathe In



Buy It iTunes | Amazon
07:26 AM on 08/12/09
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Can't believe I've never seen them live
07:32 AM on 08/12/09
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Such an awesome band.
07:33 AM on 08/12/09
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When I was 17 I found a 7" single with Hugs From Boys and First Day Back on it at a yard sale. I loved Braid from that day forward, and I regret being too young to have ever seen them live.

Frame and Canvas is one of my favorite albums, and it should be required listening on this site.
07:34 AM on 08/12/09
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love them
07:36 AM on 08/12/09
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i'm really close to where they came from. they are really good.
07:40 AM on 08/12/09
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I've never heard this band, but I love the xbox game if that counts.

Will check these guys out though.
07:45 AM on 08/12/09
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Didn't expect this to be on this series. Very cool.
07:50 AM on 08/12/09
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One of the most incredible bands ever to come together. Eric Grubb's section on them in Post really does their legacy justice.
If anyone is just now looking to get into the band, I personally recommend you start by just picking up their live album Lucky to Be Alive--it's a really great showcase of the chemistry they had and features a killer setlist.
08:06 AM on 08/12/09
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Frame and Canvas is an awesome album
08:07 AM on 08/12/09
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Thanks for posting those videos... I was 16 in '99 and watching them was like a teleportal back to those days. I wasn't a huge Braid fan (mainly because they didn't make it down to FL too often), but the honesty and innocence of that era was something I took for granted, especially compared to what I see now. Sure I'm older, but I'm wonder if it's me who's stayed the same, and it's everything else that has changed around me...
08:08 AM on 08/12/09
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great post, love these guys.
08:13 AM on 08/12/09
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reunited for a reunion?
08:21 AM on 08/12/09
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For a reunion tour.

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