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Editors’ Notes

Released in 2006 between How It Ends and A Mad and Faithful Telling, this six-song EP stands up nicely on its own. The album’s only original composition, the fine title track, would have fit on their previous release, while the other five are covers, and the choices are both unexpected and ideally suited to DeVotchKa’s breed of cabaret-colored indie-rock. On “I Cried Like a Silly Boy” and “Something Stupid,” the latter most closely associated with Frank Sinatra, singer Nick Urata croons, coos, and slurs seductively, and both are well done. The tunes that stand out most here are an inspired version of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “The Last Beat of My Heart,” which they really make their own, and a take on the Velvet Underground’s “Venus In Furs,” in which they replace the drone of the original with an equally intense pulsating rhythm and wonderfully warbly vocal by Urata. It closes with the traditional “El Zopilote Mojado,” a delightful romp that manages to meld mariachi and Eastern European sensibilities. No mere between-album filler, Curse Your Little Heart is an enjoyable concept and worthy compliment to the band’s accomplished full-length albums, and a must for DeVotchKa fans.

Customer Reviews

Thanks again to Nick et al.

I just bought this EP 4 days ago and it's in high rotation since. Talk about generation spanning, my girlfriend's 2.5 year old loves the Sinatra cover; I love the Velvet Underground cover; and we both agree that the first track is our favorite. As a Boulder raised 30something, thank god that I am not the only one to remember the underappreciated genius of Ted Thacker.

Wonderful Album

I saw Devotchka open for the Dresden Dolls in Chicago, and my only exposure to them before the concert was their song featured in "Everything is Illuminated." The band blew me away. I left the concert with two of their albums and I couldn't stop talking about this band. I have since purchased their first album and have been anticipating this one since I heard about it on their site. It doesn't disapoint. The day they come through Chicago again, I will be first in line to purchase a ticket. Don't pass up this amazing, amazing band.

Great EP!

Devotchka is one of those amazing bands whose time has come but have yet to be recogonized as they should! How are they only support? I do not know! They have a theramin! A THERAMIN! Venus in Furs is such a great song to begin with, their folkpunk interpretation is great... the live bootleg is even better... if you can find it. This is maybe not as good as How it Ends (A Masterpiece?), but I'd say better than the first two albums.


Formed: 1997 in Denver, CO

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Gypsy-tinged quartet DeVotchKa were formed in Denver, CO by multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. Supporting musicians rotated in and out of the eclectic group's lineup, contributing such diverse sounds as strings and bazoukis. While some described DeVotchKa's sound as polka-rock or circus music, the band was actually a cross-pollination of numerous influences, including...
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