And when the AMA don't care:
Ted Leo - Treble in Trouble - Today is World Aids Day. Go donate some money. Or some time. Or remind a friend that the AIDS Epidemic is still the single greatest crisis facing world health today. And that millions are dying in Africa, and we had better get off our asses and do something about it. This is from the first Ted Leo solo EP on which he really found his voice as a songwriter, and is just a blast of classic punk rage over pop jangle and what might've been harmonies become scremas from a mob of thousands. (Yes, I post a lot of Ted Leo. It's for a good cause today. Deal.)
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Pit Er Pat - I Am The Jungle - Pit Er Pat are a band from Chicago, formerly known as Blackbirds. A trio, comprised of a classically trained pianist on organs, a former member of Neutral Milk Hotel on drums, and a founding member of Alkaline Trio on bass, you would not be amiss in wondering what the fuck the band will sound like. While the band self describes as "post-rock", I think it's more apt to think of them as part of the emerging "Toddlerclash" movement I've talked about here. Singer and Pianist Fay Davis Jeffers sounds not unlike Eleanor Friedberger, or Blonde Redheads Kazu, her voice weaving in and out of drunken basslines and steady, insistent drum work that makes the song swing with a momentum all it's own.
Pit Er Pat - Too Many - A song full of sunshine for these harsh, short, dark winter days. A sonic trip to beaches and cabanas and the sort of problems we all wish we had. The keys are really played up here, coming front and center and dominating the entirety of the song, setting it's mood and subjugating all else to their will. Why is this called "post-rock" again? Clearly this just flat out rocks. There is nothing for it to come after. It is a unique moment all it's own. Do not expect Sigur Ros.
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Back to the Kleptones tomorrow.
And there are rumors on the internets.