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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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    Alternative Mix
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Penelope
  3.   Fortress
  4.   Loro
  5.   Good to Sea
  6.   Proceed to Memory
  7.   From Nothing To Nowhere
  8.   Seville
  9.   Non Photo-Blue
  10.   Concrete Seconds
  11.   Offline P.K.
  12.   How We Breathe
  13.   Torch
  14.   Hurley
  15.   Off by 50
  16.   Walters
  17.   Crutch
  18.   Some Voices
  19.   June
  20.   Prog
  21.   Rousseau
  22.   Sherman
  23.   Grey Machine
  24.   Microtonic Wave
  25.   West
  26.   Talby
  27.   Manchuria
  28.   Offcell
  29.   B
  30.   Boo
  31.   Victorious D
  32.   Tres
  33.   Trainer
  34.   Bbtone
  35.   Your Sickness
  36.   X I Y
  37.   Subbing for Eden
  38.   Tripoli
  39.   Victorius D
  40.   Thee Srum Proggitt
  41.   Sediment
  42.   A Request
  43.   Diminished
  44.   His Phase
  45.   Glide
  46.   Bouquet
  47.   Devil You Know
  48.   Versailles
  49.   Messenger
  50.   Afk
  51.   3 X 0
  52.   Soaked
  53.   Bloods on Fire
  54.   Lyon
  55.   Shag
  56.   Charborg
  57.   Sender
  58.   Byzantine
  59.   Anti-Hu
  60.   Autumn of the Seraphs
  61.   Barnes
  62.   Montaigne
  63.   Clemenceau
  64.   This Red Book
  65.   Syracuse
  66.   True North
  67.   Avignon
  68.   The Yellow Ones
  69.   Wasted
  70.   Chaos Engine
  71.   Water Run
  72.   Denslow, You Idiot!
  73.   Drawstring
  74.   I'm a Pretty Lady
  75.   Kylie
  76.   Blue Harvest
  77.   Serge
  78.   Three Strum Proggitt
  79.   CLOAD Q
  80.   This Red Rock
  81.   Todo

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