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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.   Death to Los Campesinos!
  6.   Hello Sadness
  7.   There Are Listed Buildings
  8.   Romance Is Boring
  9.   We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
  10.   The International Tweexcore Underground
  11.   Don't Tell Me to Do the Math(s)
  12.   Songs About Your Girlfriend
  13.   Straight in at 101
  14.   Every Defeat a Divorce (Three Lions)
  15.   We Are All Accelerated Readers
  16.   Plan A
  17.   In Medias Res
  18.   The Time Before the Last Time
  19.   ...And We Exhale and Roll Our Eyes in Unison
  20.   A Doe to a Deer
  21.   Little Mouth
  22.   We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives
  23.   Frontwards
  24.   My Year in Lists
  25.   Police Story
  26.   Between An Erupting Earth And An Exploding Sky
  27.   This Is How You Spell "Hahaha, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a G
  28.   Straight In At 101/It's Never Enough
  29.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  30.   Allez Les Blues
  31.   Drop It Doe Eyes
  32.   Lonely This Christmas
  33.   When Christmas Comes
  34.   Avocado, Baby
  35.   Cemetery Gaits
  36.   Light Leaves, Dark Sees, Pt. 2
  37.   All Your Kayfabe Friends
  38.   C Is the Heavenly Option
  39.   Knee Deep at ATP
  40.   What Death Leaves Behind
  41.   A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  42.   Life Is a Long Time
  43.   Heart Swells/100-1
  44.   Baby I Got the Death Rattle
  45.   Who Fell Asleep In
  46.   This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  47.   Selling Rope (Swan Dive To Estuary)
  48.   For Flotsam
  49.   Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats
  50.   It'S Never That Easy Though, is It? (Song For the Other Kurt)
  51.   A Portrait of the Trequartista As a Young Man
  52.   200-102
  53.   Ways To Make It Through The Wall
  54.   Clunk-Rewind-Clunk-Play-Clunk
  55.   Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1
  56.   Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
  57.   The Holly & The Ivy
  58.   Let It Spill
  59.   The Trains Don't Run (It's Christmas Day)
  60.   Kindle a Flame in Her Heart
  61.   You'Ll Need Those Fingers For Crossing
  62.   Hate for the Island
  63.   As Lucerne/the Low
  64.   I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  65.   Glue Me
  66.   The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  67.   Heart Swells/Pacific Daylight Time
  68.   We've Got Your Back
  69.   Sweet Dreams, Sweet Cheeks
  70.   To Tundra
  71.   Miserabilia
  72.   The Black Bird, the Dark Slope
  73.   The End Of The Asterisk
  74.   I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. Just so You Know
  75.   Letters From Me To Charlotte (RSVP)
  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

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