Down in the Valley – The Broken West

This is another band that had name trouble at some point, so they now record as The Broken West. I think they used to be called Brokedown or something. They are opening on Sunday night for the Walkmen at Schuba’s (a very brave second show of the evening for the Walkmen).

This is off of their first full length I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On. It’s sort of powery pop with a little bit of grunginess around the edges. But the whole thing is pretty accessible melodically, which should be a nice counter to the Walkmen, who I believe are kind of an acquired taste (outside of maybe “The Rat” and “Little House of Savages”).

This song didn’t jump out at me as the best of the lot the first couple of times I listened to the album, but the more I listen, the more this one stands out. No videos yet, except for some live stuff on Youtube. Here’s the Pitchfork review. Enjoy.

Studio track:Live Version:

3 Responses to “Down in the Valley – The Broken West”


  • Where are all our loyal minions? I have a new theory nobody listens to new music because they are buried under the piles of new music they don’t have time to listen to.

  • Too bad, because these guys are good, and they put on a great show.

    But the Walkmen…man. That was amazing.

  • The Uncanny Canadian

    I’m sorry that I haven’t been doing the music commenting lately. I have been doing too much actual work at work to listen and play, but it’s snowing today, so who gives a fu*k about work, right?

    Anway, love the Walkmen to death and listening to the first bit of this track, I thought it would be a great pairing, but I found the song got kind of repetitive and I lost interest near the end. They are one hook short of being really good.

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