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Boomkat Product Review:
Today was Galaxie 500's 1988 debut album, spawning one of the most influential sounds in indie rock history.
The band, whose membership was comprised of Dean Wareham, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang (the latter two being of Damon & Naomi fame), started playing together during their time at Harvard University, borrowing a drum kit from their classmate Conan O'Brien and starting to play gigs between Boston and New York City. Soon a demo made its way into the hands of Shimmy Disc label boss and indie rock super-producer Mark Kramer, who recorded the band's debut single, 'Tugboat', its follow-up 'Oblivious' and the subsequent LP, Today.
The band's early aesthetic prompted comparisons to the Velvet Underground and Jonathan Richman (notice the Modern Lovers cover 'Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste') although you can hear a fair bit of Spacemen 3 in here too. The finished product offers a genuinely unique sound though, one that carves out its own singular moment in underground rock music's history.