Pitchfork has reviewed the first single off the new Ola Podrida record, Belly of the Lion, which drops in November on Western Vinyl. I've had my hands on Belly of the Lion since early spring, and have played it so much that I overloaded on it (it is, without question, my most played album of 2009). That's okay, though. When the time comes for its official release, I'll be ready to rediscover it all over again.
Speaking as objectively as possible, I'm happy to report that Belly of the Lion is as good as, if not better than, David Wingo's debut. The album comes out right around the same time as Jared Hess' Gentlemen Broncos, for which Wingo wrote the score. It's shaping up to be a pretty stellar fall for David Wingo and Ola Podrida. As for that single, "Your Father's Basement," you can listen to it by clicking on the link above. Any pop/indie rock song that name-checks Eric B. and Kool G. Rap without a hint of irony, with 100% sweet, nostalgic sincerity, has my automatic pledge of allegiance, but even removing that from the equation, this is a lovely ode to 1980s adolescence. Listen to it. And get ready for Belly of the Lion. It's without question one of the year's best.