by BrooklynVegan Mike

DOWNLOAD: Ola Podrida - Instead (MP3)

Ola PodridaEarlier this year, an interesting news bit on Pitchfork appeared reporting they had noticed that the album cover for Interpol's then upcoming album Our Love To Admire was suspiciously similar to just released Ola Podrida's self-titled debut. It was just a funny case of "great minds think alike," but despite their disparate sounds, there are other aspects that link them together.

Both call New York home, but Ola Podrida's wistful folk ballads (in the vein of Iron and Wine and Micah P. Hinson) are miles away from Interpol's urban decadence. Both have band members immersed in film composing, but Podrida front man David Wingo made his name in that field first - before branching out with his band, scoring among several films,David Gordon Green's classic George Washington. And both bands have received great write ups from the music press, but while Interpol's latest has received mixed reviews, Ola Pordrida's release has more more consistent praise.

They've been building a steady buzz over the last year, due in part to their very good album, but also their fantastic live show (they were one of the hot tickets to Pop Montreal). Definitely worth checking out. Dates below...

Ola Podrida - 2007 Tour Dates
Oct 19 - Pianos (DAVID WINGO SOLO SET) New York, New York
Oct 19 - CMJ MUSIC MARATHON : Union Hall Brooklyn
Oct 29 - The Mercury Lounge w/ DAVID BAZAN + ALL SMILES NYC, New York
Nov 2 - Maxwell’s w/ ROGUE WAVE + PORT O’BRIEN Hoboken, New Jersey

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