Come here baby, I need your company.
Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights - On Friday night, at CMJ, I hopped from seeing Camper Van Beethoven in the relatively swanky Bowery Ballroom to seeing Death From Above 1979 (The 1979 is the result of legal threats from the megaproducers cum record label) at the lovable shithole that is CBGB's. Walking into CBGB's as DFA1979 took the stage was about as frightening an aural experience as one could imagine. Like a sonic buzzsaw to the face, this duo produces a louder, fuller, and more menacing sound than any of those other duo's out there. Bass, Drums. Thats it. Thats all that DFA 1979 need though. Romantic Rights is the lead single off of their new full length, You're a Woman I'm a Machine. It's a pounding, jagged song, one that will tear your brain out of your skull and pound it into a puree even as you're ass gyrates and you find yourself mysteriously getting down to this metal madness. What's the secret to this madness? The press release says it all really, "while their sound is rooted in metal and hardcore, they are not scary or angry in any way-- in fact all of their songs are very pop and all are about wanting to have babies with their girlfriends." I couldn't put it better myself.
DFA 1979 - Sexy Results - okay, first off, this song title, grabbed from a Simpsons line if I recall correctly, is one of the best out there short of a McLusky or Minus the Bear album. On a more relevant note however, is the song itself. Where most of YAWIAM makes a name for itself on it's intensity and speed, "Sexy Results" finds the band getting a groove on. The basslines are still spinning death machines, but slowed down to a sizzling, dancable congas pace set by the masterful drumwork by Sebastien Grainger. Besides, it has cowbells. Who can argue with Cowbells?
[Buy the album, You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, or a sweet ass T-shirt direct from the band.]
A few links and shout outs today as well:
Grandaddy has a new video. [Quicktime Link] it's full of people in fursuits. And yet, it's strangely compelling. Yiff?
Dizzee Rascal also has a video. [NME link to Real Video] I'm not a huge fan of his choice to sample - and sing along - to showtunes on Dreams... but the video is great. Especially when the 2 little gangsta marionettes boost the TV. Classic. (Props to Cameron for the link.)
I have been remiss in not yet giving credit to Oh My Rockness. Their listing of shows got me through CMJ week in one piece, and it's fast becoming a daily stop for me. Here's hoping they keep it up!
See ya tomorrow kiddies!