Transistor Radio/What Comes at the End-Cloud Cult (Billy Pilgrim guest post)

Billy Pilgrim hooks up Song of the Day with a taste of Cloud Cult:

Cloud Cult is one of my favorites, on disc and live. They have a
complex, polyrythmic semi-avant sound that mixes prog and pop, with
just a hint of Sonic Youth, overlaid with Craig Minowa’s plaintive
vocals. It’s a surprising sound that grows on you, and they
translate amazingly well live, if being a fair bit more aggressive.
The song structures are…well, non-traditional, to say the least.

But for my money, there’s not enough rock bands sporting teh string
instruments. Not to mention the stereo painters that perform with them.

“Transistor Radio” is a bittersweet reminiscence about the
inspiration of how our relatives can give us hope, inspiration and
determination. It’s a quietish song, but they had me hooked from the
first time Craig punctuates the lyric with a little ‘yep!’ And he
keeps on doing it.

“what comes at the end” is from the album Advice From The Happy
and starts off with a grinding little guitar, but
settles back before the lyrics start, and after the first verse, the
chorus starts to bleed a little pop happiness on the song.

Cloud Cult self-releases all their music, preferring to operate
outside of the record industry, despite being one of the most played
bands on college radio. They record their music on Minowa’s farm,
which is self-sustaining, and when they tour they purchase renewable
energy offsets for the power they use in the stage show. I’ve seen
’em three times now, and their shows are joyous and life-affirming,
and they sell paintings that are done by the artists while the band

Go see ’em when they hit the road. No excuses Brando.

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