Take A Chance on Me
by Dan
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Port O'Brien - "I Woke Up Today"

When I posted this song the first time, it was much slower, and shorter. This is apparently the definitive version of the song, because I don't think it will get any slicker, tighter, more on point than this. It's like everything has come into focus for Port O'Brien, and they have retained their heavy swaying beauty even in this light. You know when you watch old TV shows on new "cleaned up" DVD editions, and you can start to see all the flaws really clearly, and you think "man, just put the 'syndicated re-run' filter on this."? Well, that's not happening with Port O'Brien, they clean up wonderfully. They've made a hi-fi LP to follow up their low-fi EP, and it really suits them. They've gone from curiosity to wonder.

Their album All We Could Do Was Sing comes out May 13th and it's very very good.

[MySpace] [Site] [EP version]

Posted by Dan at March 6, 2008 12:18 PM

Ah, music from home. Like a musically inclined sailor academy.

Posted by Arian at March 6, 2008 10:30 PM

Slicker, yes. Better? No.

Posted by josh at March 6, 2008 11:40 PM

anyone who says the new version isn't as good as the old one is stuck in some indie bullshit.. the new version of the song blows my fucking mind every time.

Posted by james at March 7, 2008 3:33 AM

this is incredible. great energy.

Posted by jonathan at March 7, 2008 1:41 PM

the video for the song on their myspace page is great.

Posted by dan at March 7, 2008 4:44 PM

better better better! good lord.

Posted by jez at March 8, 2008 8:46 AM

This music makes me embrace joie de vivre, the verve of youth, and mostly kick up my heals. Thanks for introducing me, and your timing couldn't be better, as they're playing tonight in my hometown.

Posted by Kevin Mathis at March 8, 2008 8:02 PM

OK - so I caught them live last night. Maybe it was a bad night for them as the band seemed irritable between songs. Particularly irritable was the base player who traded heckles with some of the audience members. Two songs stood out however, this one, which they closed with, and Close the Lid. The others fell a little flat.

Posted by Kevin Mathis at March 9, 2008 7:32 PM

Kevin, that's too bad. I'm sorry you saw a lack-luster show, but I think it's great that you went that night to the show. good on you!

Posted by dan at March 10, 2008 1:45 AM

Ah shucks - thanks. Not only is it a way to hear & see another dimension of a band, seeing them live and buying their swag is the best way to support the artists.

Bye the way, I love your blog. Keep up the great work! I'm sorry I discovered your site post fund raiser, but count on me for next year.

Posted by Kevin at March 10, 2008 2:35 PM

i am loving this. it's the kind of song you want to jump and dance to, until you can see nothing but your hair flashing in your face.

Posted by mandala at March 30, 2008 11:00 PM

i saw them in new york and it was fucking incredible.

Posted by jerry at April 15, 2008 5:05 AM

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