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Celebration (and life after CDs) in the Phoenix, 5.5.09

May 15, 2009

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"When you listen to 2007's The Modern Tribe, it's hard to imagine anyone in the band who's not floating around on translucent wings, so it's easy to see why they longed to escape the banality of the biz. Rather than court a similar experience from another label this year, Celebration (Ford with husband Sean Antanaitis and David Bergander and a varied supporting cast) are chucking the whole sales model. "We're done with it," says Ford. "No more piles of CDs in the landfills, no more press circuits with journalists asking us what instruments we play and where we got our name from. Let's just give it away."

The Thermals Live Review in Boston Phoenix, 5.11.09

May 15, 2009

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"It would have been nice to hear them go all-out with the hyper-slow (for the Thermals, that is) "Bottom of the Sea" from the new Now We Can See. Its five-minute dirge would have seemed downright epic here, but oh well. When they played the barely more up-tempo "We Dissolve," eyes throughout the crowd began to glaze over anyway (ditto on the cover of Nirvana's "Sappy"), so maybe they were right to stick to the brimstone and the rave-ups."