Sorry about no update last Friday. Blogger broke. I may also disappear without warning at some point this week as I am, at the moment, on standby for Jury Duty.
The Robbers on High Street - Hot Sluts (Say I Love You) - The Robbers on High Street sound, for the life of me, like nothing so much as the fusion of Spoon's spikey, gritty pop hooks with an NYC Dancepunk/garage sensibility. With killer Pianos, a healthy store of Television riffs, and a decidingly convincing declaration from vocalist Ben Trokan to "Let Your Body Move." These guys have been opening for the Wrens recently, and I just got my hands on this, their debut EP, [i]Fine Lines[/i]. I'm REALLY excited to see what they do with a full length. Also check out Night at Star Castle over on the label site.
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The Realistics - Should've Known - I first saw the Realistics years ago, when they opened for Joe Strummer during his 5 night residency at St. Annes Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. At the time, I wasn't terribly impressed. Then, a while back, the Realistics suddenly became a "buzz band." For a while, I avoided it, but something nagged me. Mainly because the Realistics I had seen, weren't only not in my mind, worthy of buzz, but because they also seemed to have a sound that in no way fit in with what current buzz bands were. But now, now I understand. The Realistics have become something else entirely, and nothing shows it quite so much as this song from their debut album. Glammed out like the Scissor Sisters, but without the "Ironic-wink-and-laugh-at-the-silliness-of-all-this" vibe, this song is carried by a bubbly little synth melody and white-boy-soul vocals (in contrast to the all too trendy white-boy-funk). A fantastic song from a band that seems to have come to the realization of just what they were meant to do.
See ya tomorrow!