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While a rotating cast of instrumentalists finds loose assembly under the Pinback name, the partnership of Armistead Burwell Smith IV and Rob Crow is at the heart of the some of the most complex, postmodern indie pop happening on the West Coast. In the first few days of 1998, Smith (of San Diego-based Three Mile Pilot) and Crow (of Thingy and Heavy Vegetable) formed a part-time recording project under the name Pinback. The simple plan grew more involved while Three Mile Pilot took an indefinite hiatus and Crow put a number of his musical projects on hold. Recording on Smith's home computer, the duo enlisted Three Mile Pilot drummer Tom Zinsor, and by the following August, Pinback had finished recording 14 songs of delicate, canonic pop that was tentatively slated for release on San Diego's Vinyl Communications. However, when interest in the band skyrocketed after a Tim/Kerr label showcase at the North by Northwest Music Festival, the record got tied up in a bidding war that caused a slew of contractual problems and held the record in limbo for almost a full year. When they were eventually cleared from all former obligations, Pinback finally signed with New Jersey's Ace Fu Records, which released their eponymous debut in early 1999, almost a full year after it was recorded. With their long histories in West Coast indie circles and the marriage of the players' diverse musical backgrounds, Pinback scored immediate critical success. The Some Voices EP that followed the next year on Tree Records displayed a slightly more lo-fi and elemental side of Pinback while building on the intelligently constructed songcraft of their eponymous debut. Blue Screen Life, the band's second studio effort, exuded something more musically pure. Gone was the frilly rock nonsense; instead, Pinback went for more of a melodic nature with classic indie flair. Pinback made their Touch & Go debut in fall 2004 with Summer in Abaddon, which saw the bandmembers continue slowly to push themselves a bit further with complex song structures while maintaining their indie pop sensibilities. Two years later, the band issued Nautical Antiques, a collection of rarities and B-sides spanning from 1998 to 2001. Their second album for Touch & Go, Autumn of the Seraphs, followed in 2007. Though it would be five years before Pinback followed up, their 2012 album, Information Retrieved, found them easily settling into their melodic groove. In 2015, Crow announced his intent to severely reduce his musical activities following the completion of in-progress recordings. ~ Nate Cavalieri
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  1.   Song
  2.   Fortress
  3.   Penelope
  4.   Loro
  5.   Good to Sea
  6.   Proceed to Memory
  7.   Non Photo-Blue
  8.   From Nothing To Nowhere
  9.   Seville
  10.   Offline P.K.
  11.   How We Breathe
  12.   Concrete Seconds
  13.   Crutch
  14.   Hurley
  15.   Walters
  16.   Off by 50
  17.   Torch
  18.   Rousseau
  19.   Your Sickness
  20.   June
  21.   Sherman
  22.   B
  23.   Trainer
  24.   West
  25.   X I Y
  26.   Tres
  27.   Grey Machine
  28.   Prog
  29.   Bbtone
  30.   Offcell
  31.   Microtonic Wave
  32.   Some Voices
  33.   Manchuria
  34.   Victorious D
  35.   Talby
  36.   Boo
  37.   Soaked
  38.   This Red Book
  39.   Byzantine
  40.   Afk
  41.   Tripoli
  42.   Victorius D
  43.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  44.   Sediment
  45.   A Request
  46.   Diminished
  47.   His Phase
  48.   Drawstring
  49.   Kylie
  50.   Subbing for Eden
  51.   Devil You Know
  52.   Avignon
  53.   Water Run
  54.   Versailles
  55.   Syracuse
  56.   Montaigne
  57.   Shag
  58.   Messenger
  59.   Bouquet
  60.   Wasted
  61.   Clemenceau
  62.   Charborg
  63.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  64.   The Yellow Ones
  65.   Bloods on Fire
  66.   Chaos Engine
  67.   3X0
  68.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  69.   True North
  70.   Barnes
  71.   Anti-Hu
  72.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  73.   Glide
  74.   Sender
  75.   Lyon
  76.   Blue Harvest

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