Who's waiting? Why Satan of course!
Sorry about disappearing like that, and not delivering more Devo. We had some technical difficulties here in TTIKTDA-land, but everything should be back and firing on all cylinders now.
The Shocking Pinks - Us Against The City - If Sean can post Shocking Blue, then I call pink! This is a reader submission from a whiiiiile back that fell through the cracks. The Shocking Pinks are a Christchurch, New Zealand based 4 piece, whose debut, Dance the Dance Electric, has been winning it's share of raves from all the right people, for both it;s DFA-aping funkhappy numbers (such as this one), and for their tendency towards genre hopping. This track sounds like everything in NYC dance punk just got tossed into a vat and stirred into a fine, greasy broth of pure funk. It's got !!!'s slithering basslines. The Raptures tension. Interpols moodiness. But it isn't any of those bands. Very good stuff. Can't seem to find a buy link for this one, though I remember seeing it on Insound once upon a time.
Anyone wanna help a guy out?
Japanther - Symptoms Vocal - Japanther are easily one of the hardest working bands in NYC right now, as it seems a week doesn't go by without them playing a show somewhere. The two piece produces a decidedly abrasive, noisy form of dance rock that fits the tenor of the town right now - equal parts mosh pit and rave, something like a brand of electro-hardcore. This song opens with a slow, distorted synth/bass line, before exploding into typical Japanther chaos. It's a fairly standard MO, but it's pulled off here with enough style and enough skill, not to mention a fair share of lo-fi ambiance (they use refitted (stolen?) payphone handsets as microphones!) to more than make up for things. There's also a healthy dose of Ratatats hip-hop informed sensibility towards beats here.. This is off of the bands most recent album, Dump the Body in Rikki Lake There's also an instrumental version of this track on the album for those, that find the vocal grating (as I know many do... I think it has a certain charm myself.)
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In other news, the folks at I Love Music are taking stock of the past half decade. Have you voted yet?
My ballot: (keep in mind, the limited choices were... somewhat baffling)
My favourite albums (in order of pref.):
01. 45pts The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird Bark
02. 40pts The Liars - They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top
03. 36pts Radiohead - Kid A
04. 32pts Wrens - The Meadowlands
05. 28pts The Rapture - Echoes
06. 24pts Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Hearts Of Oak
07. 20pts Life Without Buildings - Any Other City
08. 16pts The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
09. 13pts Dizzee Rascal - Boy In Da Corner
10. 10pts Fugazi - The Argument
11. 7pts Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash
12. 5pts Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
13. 3pts Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop The Beat
14. 2pts Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
15. 1pt The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
My favourite tracks (in order of pref.):
01. 45pts The Dismemberment Plan - The Face Of The Earth
02. 40pts LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge
03. 36pts Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone
04. 32pts Radiohead - Idioteque
05. 28pts The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist
06. 24pts Life Without Buildings - The Leanover
07. 20pts Le Tigre - Deceptacon (Dfa Mix)
08. 16pts New Pornographers - Letter From An Occupant
09. 13pts Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U
10. 10pts Jay-Z - 99 Problems
11. 7pts Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene
12. 5pts M83 - Run Into Flowers
13. 3pts Flaming Lips - Fight Test
14. 2pts The Streets - The Irony Of It All
15. 1pt Outkast - Hey Ya!
Have a bearable Monday folks!