Neophile: The Airborne Toxic EventSeptember 16, 2008
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Rounding out our posts about bands with literature-inspired band names is Los Angeles-based The Airborne Toxic Event (from Don DeLillo’s novel White Noise). I first heard the track “Somewhere Around Midnight” on KEXP and immediately clicked to their playlist page to identify the artist. The song is off TATE’s eponymous debut album, released in early August on Majordomo. Mikel Jollett’s voice reaches into my chest and wraps itself around my heart; more prosaically, his voice fills in the gap between Conor Oberst and Matt Berninger. Check out the video for “Does This Mean You’re Moving On” (above) and the gorgeous string intro to “Somewhere Around Midnight” (MP3, below).