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Old Blood

Author: Ray Suzuki
5/6/2002 | Pitchfork Media | www.pitchforkmedia.com | Album Review
Lullaby for the Working Class Reform as Mayday
And it's about time, the working class has been up all fuckin' night!

Ray Suzuki reports:
Lullaby for the Working Class frontman/Cursive guitarist Ted Stevens has resurrected his old band under the guise of Mayday, with the debut album Old Blood out this month on Saddle Creek. Lullaby's Mike and A.J. Mogis, originally set to produce Stevens' solo project, ended up providing much of the music on Old Blood, described by Saddle Creek as "referential to the Lullaby staples of guitar, vibraphone, strings, and banjo... extending the formula with piano, organ, tympani, and loads of guest vocals."

As you might expect on any Mogis-recorded Nebraska-bred record, this means contributions from Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Azure Ray's Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor, as well as ex-Lullaby comrade Tiffany Kowalski. Mayday is named for a series of local shows Stevens and his friends have been putting on every May 1st since 1996, according to Saddle Creek. Tracklist:

01 Cinquefoils
02 Come Home
03 Captain
04 Tone/Atone/Atonal
05 Lullaby for the Sleeping Elephant
06 I Know Moonlight
07 Confession
08 Pilot
09 Temple/Temporary/Extempore/Tempo
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