Over the years, we have been extremely forthcoming about our sometimes embarrassingly strong feelings for the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. We had them as one of our 8 NYC Bands You Need to Hear back in 2008, we had singer/guitarist Kip Berman in for a People in Your Neighborhood feature, a feature about Weezer’s Pinkerton, as well as another one about, among other things, wearing shorts on stage. They’ve been our go-to band for any number of things, not the least of which is their remarkably peppy but secretly sort of sad brand of indie-pop, of which they’ve recently released another small serving.
The Heart in Your Heartbreak 7″ came out a few weeks back, and it’s the most exciting work they’ve ever done. The basic framework for any good Pains song—pleasantly overdriven guitars, crazy keyboard melodies, understated, likable vocals—remains intact, but with the help of big-deal producers Alan Moulder and Flood, whose name you may recognize from their work with Smashing Pumpkins Nine Inch Nails, My Bloody Valentine, the whole thing just sounds much, much better, as if a giant down comforter was just suddenly removed from in front of your speakers.
So, anyway, we’re really, really enjoying it. And we’re happy to report that we have two copies to give away. Here’s how you can qualify.
1. Follow LMagMusic on Twitter.
2. Tweet at us with the name of your favorite song produced by either Alan Moulder or Flood. There are many right answers, but also many wrong answers, so be careful. We will say only that any song by Them Crooked Vultures would definitely qualify as a wrong answer.
Good luck, everyone.