vintage song obsession: styrofoam’s remix of “the postman” (winter 2002-2003)

You know my current song obsessions but what was I obsessed with months and years ago? Here’s one answer.

Before I got into college radio and before there were music blogs, I found new music on Epitonic. I’d literally spend hours browsing through the mp3s one could download for free and listen in. I still remember the first time I heard Pinback’s “Loro” on there. A friend of mine liked American Analog Set so I went on Epitonic and found this remix of “the Postman”.

This was before the Postal Service’s album came out, but after listening to the Notwist’s Neon Golden, which I’d purchased the previous summer, I was warmed up to the idea of some electronic elements in my indie pop. This song’s heavy and glitchy beats somehow seemed to work well with the whispery vocals of Andrew Kenny. I started listening to it a lot.

It got to the point where I played it so often on my radio show that friends that were casual listeners were asking why I was playing it so much.

American Analog Set – the Postman (Styrofoam Remix)

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Styrofoam is playing at the Cafe du Nord next Tuesday. Here are the details:

6/11 Styrofoam, Broken Spindles, Ravens and Chimes @ Cafe du Nord, 7:30pm, $10, 21+

This track appeared on American Analog Set’s Updates EP, which you can get at insound. You can also still get the track from Epitonic.



6 Responses to “vintage song obsession: styrofoam’s remix of “the postman” (winter 2002-2003)”

  1. Everyone has songs like that, you can listen to them a million times and it is still not enough!!!

  2. Justin says:

    Totally forgot about this one. Fantastic song.

  3. andy (not andyl) says:

    Yeah, that track rules pretty hard. I used to use it as my test-track, after I set up an immense sound system in a 1200-seat concert hall.

    It freaked people out.

  4. haiyang says:

    I used to look download all sorts of “electro” music off of Epitoic back in the day!!!! DNTEL, Styrofoam, Lofish…on 64bit quality was heaven. American Analog set was also discovered that way, along with the Beat Happening…

  5. Anonymous says:

    my god.

    i was half expecting the lead line from MGMT’s Time To Pretend to come in.

    Then I remembered this came first.

  6. [...] A commenter pointed out that there was a similarity between Styrofoam’s remix of “the Postman” by American Analog Set (off of 2002’s Updates) and MGMT’s “Time to Pretend” (off of 2008’s Ocular Spectacular and 2005’s Time to Pretend EP). Not overly familiar with the latter song, I went to check it out. The opening sequence does bear a passing resemblance. [...]

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