Vampires. Does there exist a species more mysterious, slandered, glorified and misunderstood?
Bleeders Digest is their story. It's polaroids of their patience, resilience and wrath. Is there a better metaphor for intimacy than the vampire? The sharp teeth and fluids, the romance of eternity. Throughout the album, we see things from the vampire's perspective. In opening track "The Grass Is Always Greener," the vampires are content with coexisting until the song's protagonist cartoonishly hurls a giant boulder at them (thanks a lot, Jenny). By the time we reach the chugging anthem "Pirates Of The Cities, Pirates Of The Suburbs," the fanged demons have driven most of us from our homes in a bloody wash of brute force and Darwinian eminent domain. On "It's A Hunger," our protagonist literally starves for what the female gender offers to all five of his senses. Elsewhere, as on "Galaxies Will Be Born," the seduction of immortality is eclipsed only by the tenderness of the act of turning, itself.
And so, from his tiny home-studio in Seattle, WA, Say Hi updates the vampire genre with another chapter via eleven rump-shaking vignettes and a giant still-beating heart.
Say Hi is Eric Elbogen. He lives in Seattle, WA and has been making records since 2002. His latest, Endless Wonder, is a record about the presence and absence of love, in every flavor imaginable and will very likely cause your butt to wiggle. It will be out on June 17th, following an extensive North American tour.
Free Samples (Music From The Film) is a collection of mostly instrumental music that Say Hi's Eric Elbogen wrote and recorded for the independent motion picture Free Samples between the end of touring on the last Say Hi full-length (2011's Um, Uh Oh) and before starting the next Say Hi album (due on Barsuk Records this fall).
Um, Uh Oh is Say Hi's best album to date. It's weary and blue-noted, revealing, personal and pained and there's expressiveness in the performances absent from previous releases. In fact, it's difficult to fathom that the same songwriter that once wrote the sugary frivolity of the early Say Hi material could have written such a mature collection of songs. If you've been a fan in the past, you're going to feel that Um, Uh Oh is a large step in the evolution of the band. If you haven't, this is the record that's going to change your mind.
iTunes exclusive 2-song single, in anticipation of the band's 2011 full-length, Um, Uh Oh.
Clever and charming new album from Eric Elbogen, available on CD and LP. The 180-gram vinyl version also contains a single-use download code for high-quality (320kbps) MP3s, with one bonus MP3 (for a demo version of "Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh").
The wishes and the glitch is the first record to feature the band's tidier, new band name. The songs here are a chronicle of Say Hi songwriter Eric Elbogen's move from New York City to Seattle. Two of them also feature guest vocals from the likes of Barsuk's own David Bazan and John Roderick (The Long Winters). Rolling Stone Magazine writes: "The band's new name should bring with it some new respect for Eric Elbogen, whose melancholy indie rock has gotten stronger and more serious over five albums."
Impeccable blahs is the fourth Say Hi To Your Mom album and a record about vampires. Not the creepy, goth kind, but rather people just like you and me who happen to get their nourishment from drinking blood. It's also a playful collection of indie pop gems. In a glowing review of the record, The New York Times wrote "... a bedroom full of instruments and a knack for writing simple, hummable tunes and droll lyrics."
The third, critically acclaimed record from the then Brooklyn based indie pop outfit. This one straddles the line between heartwarming fragility and sheer rock jams. Spin even said this record "recalls the futuristic feeling of Ziggy Stardust-era Bowie ... that intellectual battle with impending modernity and the feeling of alienation from real humanity explored by Grandaddy and Radiohead ... Eno-esque with eerie, fantastical motifs."
Say Hi To Your Mom's sophomore album. With fragile, classic anthems like let's talk about spaceships, this is the one that first put the band on the indie rock map, complete with the bleeps, bloops, clangs and pows the band has become known for.
The debut from the band formerly known as Say Hi To Your Mom. A charming, lo-fi bedroom effort that combines four-tracked drums, swirly synths, fuzzy guitars and whispered lyrics about computers, birds, death, sports and girls.