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10A - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 22, 1996

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Posies blossom with 4th LP


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Seattle's sweetest flowers strike gold on Amazing



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By Brian A. Gnatt
Daily Music Editor
if the third time is the charm, then the fourth has got to be
the gold. Seattle's Posies, the city-of-grunge's sweetest
smelling flower, are set to release their fourth LP, "Amazing
Disgrace" (**** /DGC)on May 14. Capturing the band's
effervescent live energy and their hardest hitting songs yet,
"Amazing Disgrace" is the Posies' most adventurous and
exciting record to date.
Following up the pop-kings' 1993 release, "Frosting On
the Beater," which produced the hit "Dream All Day,"
"Amazing Disgrace" shines with the band's rich Beatle-
esque harmonies, but doesn't get bogged down with the
softer, syrupy-sweet melodies that slowed their previous

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we've been at the time."
Founding members Auer and Ken Stringfellow (vocals,,
guitar), who met when was Jon was 13 years old and Ken was
14 years old, have been the only two consistent members of
the Posies. This incarnation of the band features Joe Bass on
bass and Brian Young on drums.
"You've got to understand-- we're two boys who grew up
together, and popped a lot of the same things from the same
records, and read a lot of the same books and watched a lot
of the same movies, so it's like we're like two sides of the
same coin," said 26-year-old Auer. "We've simultaneousl
come up with songs that have almost identical titles and ar
about the same things from opposite perspectives."
Filled with numerous great tracks like the classic-Posies
"Throwaway," "Fight It (If You Want)"
and "Precious Moments," the album is
thoroughly enjoyable. "Grant Hart," a
hard-rocking tribute to Husker Du, and
shines "Hate Song," which features Robin
Zander and Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick,
and'sboth make thrilling editions to "Amaz-
ing Disgrace."
e-eSque Auer said "Daily Mutaliation" is
metaphor for psychological abuse, any
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them live
at the
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I'm really happy with it. I think it's
really diverse." vocalist / guitarist Jon
Auer told The Michigan Daily in a
recent phone interview from Bristol,
England. "It's the first time we actually
had a whole band playing all at once on
it. It wasn't like an overdub freakout
While Auer said the album took more
than three years to complete due to
membership changes, vacationing and
therapy, the Posies have returned with

D isgrce"
with the b
rich Beati

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a record of potent songwriting and beautiful melodies that
were well worth the wait.
Most of all "Amazing Disgrace" rocks. Songs like the
album's opener, "Daily Mutilation," push the boundaries of
the band's music while others like "Precious Moments" and
"Ontario" stay true to the band's much loved style.
"It's a record of contrast," Auer said. "It's got a lot of stuff
that's heavy, and stuff that's pretty and a little softer. It's the
first time I think we've effectively captured some balls on
"People always used to come to our live shows and say we
sound more like the Buzzcocks, verses the Hollies, which we
used to always get (from people who had heard our records).
That was a big frustrating point for us for a long time. I think
a lot of people are surprised (the album) is as aggressive as
it is. but every record we've made is just a statement of where

left the band at the end of the "Frosting,
On the Beater" tour. "Everybody Is A
Fucking Liar" deals with the hypocrisy of religion, specifi
cally right-winged Christianity. The album's first single is
the driving track "Please Return It."
Despite the quality of the record, Auer is cautious to
predict whether it will take off and be the band's big break
into the mainstream.
"At this point I'll just say I give it my all," he sai4
"Everyday I work, everyday I play and try to have fun and do
everything I can to push it. ... I would very much like to be
more successful, I don't think for the wrong reasons, but just
that I've been doing this for seven or eight years, and it's still
a struggle to pay all the bills and keep the band afloat. It just
seems we at least deserve to be able to buy a house some day,
and we're just not going to stop working. If it doesn't happen,
then we'll probably make one more, and if that doesn't do it,
I think we'll probably call it a day."

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Rosalie Savarino
Photographs by
Doris Kay Kraushaar
Vibrant Ann Arbor:
A Color Portrait
Edwards Publishing Inc.
Are you on your way out of Ann
Arbor via graduation? Or are you just
about to enter the University as an eager
freshperson? Whatever the case may
be, there's a book that can help you take
some of Ann Arbor back to your home-
town: Whether you want to show your
family and friends the city you'll call
home during the next four years, or
whether you want to remind yourself of
all the places you've been drunk as an
undergraduate, "Vibrant Ann Arbor" is

an essential souvenier for anyone who
loves this little city of ours.
"Vibrant Ann Arbor" is a slim, hand-
some paperback which retails for only
ten bucks. And it's chock full of nifty
pictures! That's right, this glossy, vi-
brant book has some wonderful photo-
graphic memories of the hippest little
town in the Midwest.
The best feature of "Vibrant Ann
Arbor" is its all-encompassing nature.
Sure, you get the photographs of the old
postcard stand-by's like the Law Quad
and Michigan Stadium, but you also get
some of those unique little gems that
make Ann Arbor special. From the
Fleetwood Diner to the Wall of Writers
outside David's Books, the editors of
this collection did not miss out on any
of the landmarks.
Flipping through the pages of "Vi-
brant Ann Arbor" you almost hear the
crispy-crunchy autumn leaves under
your feet on a September afternoon in

the Law Quad. You can almost hear the
soft sound of holiday music as you look
at the photo of Main Street bedecked in
holiday splendor. You can almost hear
the din of the crowd on football Satur-
day. You can almost smell the sizzling
hippie hash at the Fleetwood. Heck,
you almost get a little misty-eyed when
you think you might have to leave th
town someday.
Before that happens, pick up this nifty
little picture book and preserve the vi-
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the Bod Stewart once said, "Every picture
tells a story, don't it?" Think of the stories
you'll have to tell your kids ...
"Here's where I got drunk. And here's
where daddy/mommy threw up on his/
her shoes. Here's where I met mommy/
You get the idea.
- Dean Bakopoulos
"Vibrant Ann Arbor"is available
at all local booksellers.


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