On May 25th of last year I experienced my first house show. After venturing out to SE Portland, I came for Starfucker and got just what I came for. I didn't come to see a solo Josh Hodges playing a myriad of instruments during his set and bouncing beside fellow fans (though that was cool), I came to hear "German Love" live and in person. It also happened to be a favorite song of another band on the bill that night; Newspapers.
At the time, the only existent version of "German Love" was four and half minutes long, but recognizing a pop gem when it heard one, the Newspapers shortened the track down to a more radio-friendly romp just over two minutes long for its cover. All acoustic with vocal harmonies wafting throughout, "German Love" truly gets the Newspapers treatment with no electronic blips to be found. What with Newspapers being so earnest and Starfucker originating it, there's just one thing still bugging me: Seriously, what is up with this German love and why won't she have anything to do with Portland's crop of indie musicians?
[audio:German Love Newspapers.mp3]
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