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OffBeat Mag’s yearly top ten singles article features one guy who rather likes The Crimea’s LWOA EP. Click More to read what he thinks of the lead track White Russian Galaxy.
A very quick review of the original LWOA single is here. It’s probably been mentioned before, but click More anyway.
Contactmusic have a spiffy looking Crimea profile, this may also have been mentioned before.
And the Bellingham Herald site has a preview of a cancelled Crimea gig in Seattle. Hopefully they really will play there soon.
Interesting fact for the day, I just read a comment comparing Opposite Ends to Eminem. I’ll let you lot loose on that one. Though author of said comment also mentioned the use of a steel pan in Lottery Winners. Dunno about that, but I’m sure I heard one in a Crimea song somewhere… Would Andy S. care to enlighten us as to the use of synthesized versions of my favourite musical instrument?
Oh and errthis takes a little longer to look through than it did a year ago. Which can be but a good thing.


It’s the toughest annual assignment OffBeat proposes to its select cadre of ten regular contributors: a list of their ten favorite CDs from the past year (no fudging on the release dates!) and a brief analysis of the year in music.


Casey & Jessica Sanchez (Independent)
PJ Harvey: Uh Huh Her (Island)
The Crimea: Lottery Winners On Acid (Warner Brothers)
Drowning Pool: Desensitized (Wind-Up)
Local H: Whatever Happened To P.J. Soles? (Studio E.)
Death From Above 1979: You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine (Vice)
The Polyphonic Spree: Together We’re Heavy (Hollywood)
Mosquitos: Sunshine Barato (Bar/None)
Joseph P. Larkin: Songs of Freedom & Joy (Also-Ran)
Various Artists: Sahara Lounge (Putumayo)

The Crimea’s single, “White Russian Galaxy,” is the “Be My Baby” for a new generation with its wonderful chorus: “Who knows what goes in her pretty little head?” That’s a question I’ve been pondering since I reached puberty.

Bunny Mathews’ Top Ten singles of 2004 for OffBeat Magazine.

“Lottery Winners on Acid” The Crimea

Ah, to be weird and in love. The Crimea is a new band from Wales, and its debut single features a chorus (“We walk through the streets like lottery winners on acid”) that is as romantic as it is crackpot.

Review by Stephen Chupaska for the Daily Aztec.

PUGET SOUND.All shows are in Seattle and for those 21 and older, unless noted:

Formed out of a major-label casualty called The Crocketts, England’s The Crimea’s blend of feyly distracted vocals, Robyn Hitchcock kookiness and Pixies guitar licks recently landed it another deal – this time with Reprise Records, which released the band’s “Lottery Winners on Acid” EP. The Crimea plays from it and other recordings at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Crocodile Cafe, 2200 Second Ave., (206) 441-6611. Also on the bill: The Dears and Robbers on High Street. For 18 and older.

Preview by Tony Stasiek for the Bellingham Herald. Please note the gig never actually happened. Not with The Crimea there anyway.

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