Handsome Furs

Sunset Rubdown vs. Handsome Furs? Sounds like an indie music porno if I’ve ever heard one. After releasing the great At Mount Zoomer last year, Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner both went headlong into their side projects this year. Instead of reviewing each separately, let’s just toss them in the ring for a throwdown, Bobby Flay style.

Handsome Furs – Face Control

When listening to Wolf Parade, I’m always pulled to Dan’s songs. There are electronic elements to Handsome Furs’ music, but it’s not overpowering and not nearly enough to turn me off. It’s like listening to the best 80’s music had to offer – the keys, big choruses and guitar riffs with zero cheesiness.‚  I really dig “Legal Tender,” “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything” and “I’m Confused.” The album rarely wavers and is consistent from one song to the next.

Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer

It’s hard to win a throwdown when you’re competing with this album title.‚  It’s also hard to compete with the drama and vocal warble of Spencer Krug. His voice didn’t always agree with me when listening to Wolf Parade, but the first track “Silver Moons” immediately tipped me over the edge. The album is less electronic/industrial than Handsome Furs and offers more variety in each song, which kept me on the edge of my seat.

The Verdict

Although only 8 songs deep, Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer wins this round. Regardless of the outcome, these guys are a powerhouse individually and a juggernaut when together. And just like Bobby Flay’s throwdowns, there really isn’t a loser. Each has their own flavor of Wolf Parade and all this shit tastes good.

Handsome Furs – I’m Confused

Handsome Furs – Radio Kaliningrad

Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart

Older media from all mentioned bands:

Sunset Rubdown – Winged/Wicked Things

Sunset Rubdown – Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days

Handsome Furs – Cannot Get, Started

Handsome Furs – What We Had

Wolf Parade – Language City

Wolf Parade – Call It A Ritual

Wolf Parade – Shine A Light

Wolf Parade – My Father’s Son



It’s high time we start our SXSW 2009 coverage. We’ve quietly been updating our SXSW 2009 band list page and, in case you weren’t reading last year, most of our coverage focuses on day parties that don’t require a badge and serve free beer (because that’s where we’ll be).

Sub Pop tipped us off about their SXSW 2009 lineup for Thursday March 19th, but the location hasn’t been specified.

Here are the bands that will be in attendance with Sub Pop and a few mp3’s to sample.

Handsome Furs
Daniel Martin Moore
Tiny Vipers
Red Red Meat
Grand Archives
No Age

Handsome Furs – I Am Confused

Daniel Martin Moore – Stray Age

Tiny Vipers – Shipwreck

Grand Archives – Torn Blue Foam Couch

Grand Archives – Miniature Birds

No Age – Ereaser

No Age – Teen Creeps

Vetiver – Everyday


Bon Iver is releasing his Blood Bank EP tomorrow via Jagjaguwar and Handsome Furs are set to release their second album Face Control on March 10th via Sub Pop. Both of these tracks have been whoring around the internet and we’re no less slutty – just late to the game in posting them. Enjoy.

Handsome Furs – I’m Confused

Bon Iver – Blood Bank