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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Misra
  • ASIN: B0017LGOVK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Rat Patrol And DJ's
2. Two Seats Gold Reserved
3. Quality Strange
4. Remind Us Alive
5. Every Single Switch
6. I, The Kite
7. Strychnine, Breathless Ways
8. All Your Farewells
9. Counting The Scars
10. Twenty-Four
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Emma Jane
2. Kept On The Sly
3. When The Angels Will Put Out Their Lights
4. Of Evil/For Evil
5. My Goodbyes
6. Senselessly
7. Corner Cross
8. Trust To Lose
9. The Arc And The Cusp
10. Alabama Crusade
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Product Description

On "Dual Hawks", you get to hear side-by-side the various ways Centro-Matic and South San Gabriel complement and play off each other; sort of the full-length equivalent of a split single. Catchy hooks, wiry guitars, harmonies and handclaps, splendid string and horn arrangements, and songs so well written and produced, they'll make indie rockers of lesser mettle go home and cry. RIYL: Iron And Wine, Magnolia Electric Company, Sparklehorse, Califone, Neil Young, Lambchop.


"This is old-school singer-songwriter slow burn, invoking the greats of early 70's soul-baring: John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, a pinch of Joni Mitchell, a schmilson of Harry Nilsson. --Austin American Statesman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lyn Pastac Lynsey on May 11, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have been digging into this album for many months. I became so absorbed in it's greatness that I came across and bought the double disc vinyl after getting the CD.
These guys are so above most indie bands anywhere in line with their sound. They sound fearless, bold and beautiful. Will Johnson is a great songwriter with a grasp on all things metaphor and wrapped in great arrangements and powerfully graceful melodies. I don't consider this pop. I just consider it roots- alternative indie rock and very great.
It is so consistent with what they have done previously. But, there is even more depth to the music as a whole piece of work. They are tapping into veins of sonic color (strings, vocals and dynamics). What does anyone need to hear other than a solid top to bottom record. In an era of meaningless american idols. Folks, just listen to the 2 discs over and over again and get inside them while they get in your subconcious.
A fantastic record by a fantastic band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jason00454 on July 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit, some of the low ratings are surprising. I was expecting to see glowing reviews all around here. That being said, I can understand that there's a lot to take in on this release. It can be a little overwhelming, especially if this is an intro to Will Johnson's music. His music tends to creep up on me, and this album took a little longer to sink in than his previous work. This IS AMAZING music though. Music from the heart. The CENTRO-MATIC part is wonderfully loud and the recording helps to keep things a little rough around the edges, which helps to create a nice counter to more lush and laid back South San Gabriel part. There's some experimenting going on in it that you might not catch in the first few listens. The songs are dense and catchy in strange ways. It takes some time to fully appreciate them, but it's worth the time spent. The SOUTH SAN GABRIEL part is really beautiful. And if you're familiar with past South San Gabriel releases, you'll notice that Will is expanding on the sound a bit here, and it works very well. The songs are more varied in instrumentation and mood. It makes for a more adventurous South San Gabriel album. The strings are lovely, the songs are stirring and wonderfully written. This is music going against the grain of today's popular music in almost every way. I love it. And I can't wait for the next release.

Oh...and I got this on vinyl, which comes as a beautiful double 180 gram gatefold, with a free download included.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Mckee on November 7, 2008
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been pretty disappointed with the last two centro efforts. nothing new here. all sounding the same. seem to have lost the edge since distance and clime. love you just the same and flashes had moments, but this is really actually boring.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinney on June 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
So Indie rocker fans everywhere can get this kind of 'elitist' attitude to their little personal 'discoveries.' You know what I mean, it's the guy at the work water cooler, that wears the hipper than though clothing and spews forth on his latest band he discovered and all their various merits. That band, maybe Centro-matic, was this indie-super-cool office dude's personal find and that somehow makes him better than you. He knows it and he's working on having you gain a good understanding of that fact as well. Then there's that 30-something soccer Mom you talk to occasionally at your kid's T-ball game. You know the one. She wears Lucky Brand Jeans shirts with the cool skull and roses design on the front and she's always listening to something you never heard of but she swears...after she found out about them, she's proud to be the first listener of the next big thing. It's like listening to R.E.M when Murmer came out, or U2 boy, Josh Joplin Group pre-Useful Music...anyone, anyone? So soccer Mom ultra younger than her age hipster wanna be touts her latest find, "South San Gabriel," and makes you feel somewhat lesser of a musical mensch because of your blank stare and unknowing fuzzy little mind. They both have something on you, their discovery of the next big thing. But fear not, because you read this review here on Amazon first you have one up on know Centro-matic and South San Gabriel is really just Schitzo iterations of the same band...gifted singer-songwriter Will Johnson's split personality. Centro-matic being the rocking kinda alt country Wilco-ish pop bring down the house and the rafters too, lo-fi and oh so sweet personality.Read more ›
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