That Maximo Park Album

is SO much better than I thought it would be.

Paul writes in the Park’s latest blog entry:

It’s been a hell of a week- we’ve been at Number 15 for its duration, we’ve played to our biggest ever audience in Sunderland, and we played on Top of the Pops to a national TV audience.

Last night me and Tom DJ’ed in Hartlepool where I went to art college. Some of the crowd were extremely disturbed when I played Phil Collin’s Easy Lover, and also when Tom put on Justin Timberlake. Regardless of the singers, both songs are dancefloor classics, and most importantly, fun. Such a shame some people are boxed in by genres… oh well, you can’t please everyone.

Maximo Park is not boxed in by genres, holla! They’re exciting despite EW rightly noting “originality isn’t their strong suit.” Some Stereogum-approved easy listening…

Phil Collins feat. Philip Bailey – “Easy Lover” (MP3)

Why do I know that it’s from Chinese Wall? Damn you VH1 Classic chyrons.

Maximo Park – “The Coast Is Always Changing” (MP3)

The Park rock Tonic 6/10. I’ll be at Bonnaroo. Anyone else going and wanna meet up? E-mail me.