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The Walkmen drop out of the New York rock revival

The guys thought it would be fun to record their new songs at a studio in Memphis, and they were right -- to a point. The first session went smoothly, but when they returned to make the second half, a tornado blew through town, causing a major power outage. The Walkmen relocated to Oxford, Mississippi, and then went back to Memphis when the power was back. After all that, the power cut out again, so the band packed up and headed to New Jersey to finish mixing.

Right around then, the entire Northeastern power grid went out.

What are the chances of completing a record after three blackouts?

Way-back machine: The Walkmen have been friends since childhood.
Way-back machine: The Walkmen have been friends since childhood.

"It definitely drew it out for a longer time," Leithauser deadpans, "so we could get much sicker of the songs by the time the record was done."

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