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