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Los Campesinos!

Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie punk style similar to Art Brut while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar), all of whom began sharing vocals (as well as the last name of Campesinos!). Los Campesinos! played their first show at a college function in May 2006; by the following August, they had built enough of an audience to secure an opening gig for Broken Social Scene. Later that year, they signed to the U.K.-based label Wichita Recordings, which released the band's first single in early 2007. A North American contract with Arts & Crafts followed several months later, and Los Campesinos! expanded their catalog that summer by issuing recordings on both labels, including a second single from Wichita and an EP from Arts & Crafts titled Sticking Fingers into Sockets. The full-length Hold on Now, Youngster... followed in early 2008. After a long tour that took up much of the year (and included a stop in Seattle to record new songs), Los Campesinos! issued their second album, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, in November. Another round of touring followed, including the band's first performance in South America. By early 2009, though, Los Campesinos! had decamped to Connecticut to record another album, Romance Is Boring, which arrived in early 2010. During the recording of the album, Aleksandra left the band to be replaced later in the year by Gareth's sister Kim. At this time Rob was added to Los Campesinos! as well, adding extra instruments to their live show. The lineup merry-go-round spun again in June of 2010 when drummer Ollie was asked to leave, and the band's merch guy Jason took over. At this time, an EP titled All's Well That Ends, featuring new versions of songs from Romance Is Boring, was released. The revamped band headed to Spain to record its fourth album, again using producer John Goodmanson. Hello Sadness was released in November of 2011. Just one month before it came out, violinist Harriet announced she was leaving the band to resume her studies. Bassist Ellen was the next to split; she left in late 2012 to pursue other avenues. The remaining members of the group went back to work with Goodmanson on their next record. Their fifth record, No Blues, was released by Wichita and Turnstile in late 2013. After laying low for most of 2014, the group returned just in time for the holidays with their EP, A Los Campesinos! Christmas. ~ Kenyon Hopkin
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  1.   Song
  2.   You! Me! Dancing!
  3.   By Your Hand
  4.   It Started with a Mixx
  5.   Hello Sadness
  6.   Death to Los Campesinos!
  7.   There Are Listed Buildings
  8.   Romance Is Boring
  9.   We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  10.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  11.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  12.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  13.   Straight in at 101
  14.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  15.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  16.   Heart Swells/100-1
  17.   When Christmas Comes
  18.   200-102
  19.   A Doe to a Deer
  20.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  21.   Lonely This Christmas
  22.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  23.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  24.   Who Fell Asleep In
  25.   My Year in Lists
  26.   The Trains Don't Run (It's Christmas Day)
  27.   Avocado, Baby
  28.   As Lucerne/the Low
  29.   Cemetery Gaits
  30.   For Flotsam
  31.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  32.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  33.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  34.   Police Story
  35.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  36.   Hate for the Island
  37.   The Time Before the Last Time
  38.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  39.   Allez Les Blues
  40.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  41.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  42.   In Medias Res
  43.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  44.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  45.   To Tundra
  46.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  47.   Frontwards
  48.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  49.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  50.   Miserabilia
  51.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  52.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  53.   The Holly & The Ivy
  54.   The End Of The Asterisk
  55.   Kindle a Flame in Her Heart
  56.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  57.   What Death Leaves Behind
  58.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  59.   We've Got Your Back
  60.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  61.   Little Mouth
  62.   Let It Spill
  63.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  64.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  65.   Plan A
  66.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  67.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  68.   Knee Deep at ATP
  69.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  70.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  71.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  72.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  73.   Life Is a Long Time
  74.   Glue Me
  75.   Straight In At 101/It's Never Enough
  76.   [Untranslated]
  77.   2007, The Year Punk Broke (My Heart)
  78.   Bonus Material
  79.   In Accordance To Natural Law
  80.   The Eyebright Bugler
  81.   Yr Boyfriend
  82.   Death to the Campesinos!
  83.   You'll Need Those Fingers Crossing
  84.   Tour Documentary