The Dog Walk Review Returns With Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

Good Morning Loyal Mockers and welcome to the long awaited return of the Dog Walk Album Reviews! Today, Shea the Beagle and I strolled around our quiet neighborhood whilst listening to the new indie-tastic “I Had A Dream That You Were Mine” courtesy of Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam Batmanglij. Yes, it’s The Walkmen and Vampire Weekend collaboration that the whole world has been craving!! Brooklyn hipsters must have combusted when they heard this album was coming out!

—VITAL STATISTICS—

ALBUM: Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam / I Had A Dream That You Were Mine

WHAT WIKIPEDIA LEARNED ME: This album debuted at 141 on the Billboard chart! Quite the heatseeker!

DISTANCE WALKED: 1.8 miles over ten songs

WEATHER: Crisp, cool forty degrees but a bright autumn sun lightened the morning and our spirits

SQUIRRELS CHASED: Three…silly beagle still can’t figure out where they go once they scamper up a tree…oh well, he’ll just pee on a telephone pole…

Shea The Beagle
Shea The Beagle

—SONG-BY-SONG—

1) A 1000 Times…Raucous, ramshackle opener that evokes more Walkmen than Vampire, although that is mainly due to Leithauser’s unique guttural singing/howling taking center stage…awesome tune…

2) Sick As A Dog…Slow grower with some solid production courtesy of Rostam, who was the guiding force for one of my all time favorite records, Vampire Weekend’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’…I guess he left the band but will still help out when needed (sounds like the classic, “Let’s break up but we can still have sex with each other relationship”)…It looks like these guys have the standard indie rock showmanship down

3) Rough Going (I Don’t Let Up)…Shi-doobies start this barnburner of an offering…horn-age…another really, really good tune…the first five songs on this record are as good as anything else that I have listened to this year…

4) In A Black Out…Acoustic ennui takes center stage on a song that has been featured on an iPhone 7 commercial

THE WALKMEN LIVE: I saw them open for Fleet Foxes on a gorgeous late summer Saturday in Brooklyn…they were boring and completely forgettable and they didn’t play The Rat

VAMPIRE WEEKEND LIVE: Eric, The Librarian and I braved the New York City Subway System to see them play the Barclay’s Center in 2012…it was an excellent show but it was overshadowed by the guy sitting next to us who would regularly touch his penis while talking to his date and the guy who kept dancing in the aisle despite repeated usher warnings to remain near his seat…

5) Peaceful Morning…Rostam spins his wheel of instruments and it comes up…banjo!! Yet another rousing campfire sing-along with understated and excellent production (although I would imagine Leithauser’s howling on this track might turn some people off)…

6) When The Truth Is…First somewhat forgettable tune but no embarrassment by any means…

WALKMEN UPDATE: I wonder if the other Walkmen are calling up Ezra from Vampire Weekend to see if there is any room for them to come on board…

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: Historic day for American football as Bob Bradley becomes the first Yank to coach in England’s top flight…his Swansea City have been outclassed early on by Arsenal and some sloppy defending just put them down one-nil…I’m sure some British football snobs will already be calling for his ouster…

7) You Ain’t That Young Kid…I think Rostam is actually getting some vocals early on during this meandering joint that takes a while to get to a solid crescendo (with a keyboard riff that any Vampire Weekend fan will enjoy)…

8) The Bride’s Dad…This song is fucking great…solid story-song about a ne’er do well dad who is still going to enjoy his daughter’s big day…

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: More comical defending from the Swans leads to Theo Walcott’s second goal of the half for Arsenal…ironic because Eric made us leave the Barclays Center while Vampire Weekend was performing Walcott (my favorite song, no less) at the tail end of their set…it’s all connected, Loyal Mockers!

9) The Mornings Stars…I still haven’t warmed up to this one so I’ll talk about this giant mutant weed I see when I am walking the dog…it looks like a normal garden weed but 100 times bigger, looks otherworldly and I dare not touch it.

Killer Weed From Outer Space
Killer Weed From Outer Space

10) 1959…this song is featuring Angel Deradoorian, who was a Dirty Projector (yet another NYC indie band)…stately, atmospheric album closer that tells us not to trust moonbeams…

PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: Bradley rocking an all-black sweatshirt, almost Bill Belichick style and he sees a solid left-footed strike by Sigurdsson off a terrible Arsenal giveaway to get Swansea back in the fixture…EDITOR’S NOTE: Arsenal win 3-2 and Swansea drop down to a relegation spot, the heat is immediately on Bradley

—FINAL ALBUM VERDICT—

-I have really been enjoying this all-star indie collaboration and believe it stands as one of the year’s better offerings…I look forward to Rostam sprinkling his magic on other indie rockers (are you listening Julian Casablancas?)…thanks for reading and keep on mockin’!

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