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Weekly Nostalgia: Beulah

Posted by: Blake Solomon (12/23/09)
Beulah were just a pop band. They made simple little songs about simpler things and it all went down smooth at a local sandwich shop or by a nondescript river. And if that's the outer surface for your band, congratulations. Most bands would kill to be perceived as likable and benign and so forth. Did I say kill for? I meant commit suicide because of. And that's doubly (maybe even triply) true for Beulah. The changes from album to album, like When Your Heartstrings Break's spring lightness to Yoko's dark brooding with a candy center, are almost unthinkably different. Miles Kurosky and his Beulah brethren have seen all the music world has to offer, and most of it looks like Styx - think "Mr. Roboto", not "Come Sail Away" - and this continual beatdown definitely took its toll on the boys. But even before life crashed down upon them, they were still doing whatever-the-f*&% came to mind: stripped-down debut Handsome Western States was a whole album of "Ballad of the Lonely Argonaut." It was an album that hinted at the beautiful orchestration that was to become the band's calling card (made of hemp, no less!). And if all that sounds just terrible times a million, gargle with this: Yoko is about divorce. Chances are you're an emo poopface. Let's not kid ourselves here, that sounds right up your sadsack alley. I'm judging you.
  
 
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08:23 AM on 12/23/09
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"If We Can Land A Man on the Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart"


"Me and Jesus Don't Talk Anymore"


"Lay Low for the Letdown"


"Emma Blowgun's Last Stand"


enjoy.
08:59 AM on 12/23/09
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You lost me on the sandwich shop and river part.
09:03 AM on 12/23/09
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You lost me on the sandwich shop and river part.
thanks. good.
09:57 AM on 12/23/09
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What an amazing band, and it saddens me no one has commented on this article.

Probably my favorite pick for this feature, great work guys.
09:58 AM on 12/23/09
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one of my favorite bands of all time. also, grossly underrated.
10:22 AM on 12/23/09
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The Coast Is Never Clear is an amazing album, and it's the only Beulah album I have heard. I should probably check out the others.
10:49 AM on 12/23/09
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Such a good band...it's a shame most of the users on here seem to have no idea who they are. Good call on the feature.
11:09 AM on 12/23/09
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one of my favorite bands of all time. also, grossly underrated.
When is the Plainview reunion?
11:15 AM on 12/23/09
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Weren't their songs used in the Clark & Michael web series?
11:28 AM on 12/23/09
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Checking them out on myspace right now since youtube isnt' working for me.

http://www.myspace.com/beulahmusic
11:43 AM on 12/23/09
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One of the most underrated bands I've ever come across. So sad I never got to see them before they disbanded.
12:07 PM on 12/23/09
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The Coast Is Never Clear is an amazing album, and it's the only Beulah album I have heard. I should probably check out the others.
Ya, you definitely need to listen to Yoko. That album is amazing. I love this band and can't wait to hear Miles' new album.
12:10 PM on 12/23/09
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One of the better nostalgia posts. Psyched for Mile's new album (finally) in 2010.
12:38 PM on 12/23/09
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Someone rec an album for me to start with, I'm intrigued
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