"Pussy Cats" Starring the Walkmen, often referred to as just Pussy Cats, is a covers album by The Walkmen, released in 2006 (see 2006 in music). The album is a song-for-song cover of the 1974 Harry Nilsson album Pussy Cats which was produced by John Lennon. The decision to cover the Pussy Cats album, which is a band favourite, started off as a joke that evolved into a full-fledged album released only 5 months after their previous record, A Hundred Miles Off. The album also served as a last project for the band's studio, Marcata Recording. Marcata, which band members Matt Barrick, Paul Maroon and Walter Martin built in 1999, was located in a building owned by Columbia University, which took the property back in 2006. The making of the album, which took "about ten days," was filmed by Norman "Rockwell" Coady and the footage was made into the documentary In Loving Recognition, included on the album's accompanying DVD.
*Matt Barrick – conga, drums, maracas, tambourine, cowbell, wood block
*Peter Bauer – organ, farfisa organ, Vox Continental
*Chris Colbert – engineer, mixing
*Paul Gomez – A&R
*Hamilton Leithauser – acoustic guitar, glockenspiel, electric guitar, vocals, handwriting
*Dana Lyn – viola
*Paul Maroon – piano, electric guitar
*Walter Martin – acoustic guitar, bass, kazoo, maracas, organ, piano, tambourine, triangle, vibraslap, cowbell, fuzz bass, slide whistle
*Kevin McMahon – engineer, mixing
*Rob Moose – violin
*Quentin Stoltzfus – vocals
*Jordan Tappis – A&R
*Elijah Thomson – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
*Alex Waterman – cello, string arrangements
* at Record Collection website
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The Walkmen are an American indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.
They prefer the sound of vintage musical instruments, particularly the upright piano, and have often recorded at Marcata Recording, a recording studio built in Harlem in 1999 by the three former members of Jonathan Fire*Eater and later relocated to upstate New York.
Each of the members of The Walkmen grew up in and around the Washington, DC area, played in many of the same bands from early in their careers, and even attended the same Washington-area high school. The bandmates eventually moved to Harlem and became a part of the burgeoning New York City rock scene.
The band was formed in 2000 following the breakup of two separate bands: Jonathan Fire*Eater, whose members included Martin, Maroon and Barrick, and The Recoys, whose members included Leithauser and Bauer. The three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater, which had recorded for Dreamworks Records, had money left over from that past recording contract and used the remaining funds to construct a rehearsal space in uptown New York. The rehearsal space featured a 24-track recording studio and was dubbed Marcata Studios.
The newly-formed band, who wished to distance themselves from the garage rock sounds of previous bands, released a self-titled EP of songs in 2001 on Startime International, a small Brooklyn-based record label. Shortly after release of the EP, which featured a blend of upright pianos and other vintage instruments, The Walkmen made their official live debut with a performance at Joe's Pub in the East Village.
Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
The 2002 debut album Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, released by Startime, was well received by critics. The album was noted for its innovative approach to atmosphere and instrumentation, with sparse bass and drums complemented by plinking piano, jangly guitars and Leithauser's unique vocal stylings. Two of the songs on the album, "The Blizzard of '96" and "That's the Punchline," were adaptations of tracks meant for The Recoys' unreleased full-length album.
Critics compared the results of the album to past work by U2 and The Cure as a result of the uniqueness of its sound as compared to other contemporary New York City bands such as The Strokes. One of the album's songs, "We've Been Had," was featured in a commercial for a Saturn Ion automobile.
Bows + Arrows
The band's followup album, Bows + Arrows, was released on the Record Collection label in 2004 and was listed by many critics as one of the year's best albums. The album spawned singles for the songs "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages." Critical success of the album led the band to perform on the popular Fox series The O.C. Bows + Arrows was noted for containing a more immediate and focused sound than its predecessor; both "The Rat" and "Little House of Savages" were seen as stark contrasts to much of the band's past outputs.
A Hundred Miles Off and Pussy Cats
Their next album, A Hundred Miles Off, was released in the U.S. on May 23, 2006. The band premiered most of the new songs on a tour of the Northeast in early 2006. The first single to be released was "Louisiana," which featured an upbeat chorus of horns. Peter Bauer and Walter Martin traded musical instruments on the new album, with Bauer handling the organ duties and Martin playing bass. The album found the band refocusing its sound toward folk sounds, unlike their previous two albums; though the change in direction was lauded by some critics, other reviews were often mixed.
The band was forced to close Marcata Studios that same year after Columbia University purchased the building it resided in. The band released another full-length album, "Pussy Cats" Starring the Walkmen, a track-by-track cover of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon's 1974 album Pussy Cats, as a farewell to their studio's Harlem location.
You & Me
Their next studio album, You & Me, became available on July 29, 2008, as an exclusive charitable pre-release on indie music website Amie Street. The Walkmen made the album available for $5 on Amie Street, with all proceeds donated to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. During its first week of sales, the album charted at #29 on Billboard's Top Digital Albums. The album was made available on physical formats on August 19, 2008. The album was recorded at Gigantic Studios with Chris Zane.
The Walkmen recorded 13 songs for their latest album in five days in August 2009 with John Congleton and Chris Zane. They had been playing several of the songs since the summer of 2009. They recorded "something like 28 songs," but included only 11 on the album. In support of the new album, The Walkmen performed at All Tomorrow Parties in May 2010, Lollapalooza in early August 2010, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals at the end of August 2010. Lisbon was released on September 14, 2010 on label Fat Possum records.http Initial reviews have been favorable, with Pitchfork Media awarding the album 8.6/10,http and PopMatters rating it 7/10.http The band embarked on a fall tour of North America and Europe to support their new release.http
* Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone (March 26, 2002)
* Bows + Arrows (February 3, 2004)
* A Hundred Miles Off (May 23, 2006) #163 US
* "Pussy Cats" Starring The Walkmen (October 24, 2006)
* You & Me (August 19, 2008) #71 US
* Lisbon (September 14, 2010) #27 US
* The Walkmen (June 26, 2001)
* Untitled (Black cover, with eight songs) (April 3, 2002)
* Untitled (White cover, with eight songs) (April 3, 2002)
* Split (with Calla) (September 17, 2002)
* Christmas Party (2004)
* Daytrotter Session, March 2008 (Leonard Cohen covers)
* Daytrotter Session, August 2008 (Neil Hagerty covers)
* Live Session (iTunes Exclusive) (August 12, 2009)
* "Let's Live Together" (2002)
* "The Rat" (April 19, 2004)
* "Little House of Savages" (June 28, 2004)
* "Louisiana" (September 11, 2006)
* "The Blue Route"/"Canadian Girl" (November 10, 2008)
* "In the New Year" (February 23, 2009)
* "Weight On My Shoulders" / "Good Days Carry On" (September 14, 2010)(Limited Edition 7")
* "Stranded" (July 2, 2010)
* "Angela Surf City" (October 4, 2010)
* "Radio" (aka "Wake Up") on This Is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation (2001)
* "Little House of Savages (Live version)" on Music from the OC: Mix 2 (2004)
* "There Goes My Baby" on Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack (2005)
* "Red River" on Spider-Man 3 Soundtrack (2007)
* "Brandy Alexander" on In Bruges Soundtrack (2008)
* "Lemon Hill" - Blog Released Track (2007)
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