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Published on Oct 31, 2012
Produced by New Trick Flicks.
Rhett Miller on Salim Nourallah's latest album "Hit Parade": Hit Parade is a watershed moment in Salim Nourallah's career. You might know him as a badass producer. You might know him from his earliest band Happiness Factor or his sibling act, The Nourallah Brothers. Maybe you heard "Don't Be Afraid" on HBO's The Wire. Maybe you're a fan of my band Old 97's and you appreciate the rough-hewn beauty he was able to coax out of us for three straight albums in our band's second decade. Maybe you're lucky enough to be intimately familiar with the solo career he has been cultivating since Polaroid came out almost a decade ago. One thing is for certain though, after you listen to Hit Parade you'll "get it". This record is a deal-closer, a game-changer. This record distills the essence of what makes Salim Nourallah great. This record is an honest-to-god hit parade.
In Austin's legendary Treefort Studio, Salim assembled an all-star cast of musicians: Buttercup's Joe Reyes, Apples In Stereo's John Dufilho, Shibboleth's Richard Martin and The Polyphonic Spree's Jason Garner. The Salim Nourallah Treefort Five. They cut things on the fly, worked fast and loose, and came up with a beautiful set of recordings. Listen to it once, you'll get it.