Wednesday, April 28, 2004

The Revival that wasn't? Pt. 1

First things first: Courtney Loves father claims she killed Kurt. More or less.

Second. Todays Tunes.

Deathray Davies - I'm From the Future - as the Kinks-pun-of-a-name implies, the Deathray Davies are Mods. For years now, the Davies, (Basically John Dufhilo and a collection of session players) have continually hovered on the edge of success, with a radio ready sound, catchy hooks galore, and a healthy slice of retro cool. Unfortunately, it always seems to have evaded the band, and, listening to this song, it's hard to figure out why. Maybe Vespa Scooters and Speed need to make a comeback first...

Deathray Davies - She Can Play Me Like A Drum Machine -A delicous slice of sugary, 60's psych pop, the Kinks debt is evident here, full of dreamy, wall of sound style production, delectable keyboard hooks, and a fantastic handclap-percussion breakdown. Why wasn't this song a hit? Both of todays tracks are off of 2002's Day of the Ray.

More Mod Revivalists tomorrow.

Repeated PSA: I'm gonna do an overhaul of the sidebar links/blogroll this weekend. I'm notoriously bad at forgetting to put things on there. If you've linked to me and want a linkback, email me. Or if you just think your blog is dying to be read by the likes o' me. Or, just to say hi. Like most MP3 bloggers, I am a lonely attention whore desperate for feedback.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Not quite walking, not quite running.

The Joggers are a hooky little 4 piece from Portland Oregon that wouldn't be out of place in New York - think the Walkmen, with less anger, more bounce, and a gimmick. All of todays tracks are off of their debut, Solid Guild.

Joggers - Hot Autism A bouncy, wound up piece of power pop, this track careens from hook to hook, held together by it's dueling vocals, hinting at the magnificence of the harmonies they are able to produce on other songs, this is what the Strokes should be trying to sound like.

Joggers - Back to the Future This is, my personal favorite song off of Solid Guild. This shows off exactly what it is that makes the Joggers a band to watch. The song opens unimpressively, but about 2 and a half minutes in, the song breaks down, and is suddenly dominated by a magnificent and beautiful 3 part vocal harmony. It's a stirring thing to listen to, and makes me realize why bands go back to the basics in the first place - not because the basics are better, but because sometimes, it's only possible to build when you've smashed everything.

The Joggers - Neon Undercarriage - i'm sorry, but this just sounds like a Walkman Song. Barring the emergence of the all too brief flashes of harmony, (something that the Joggers really need to play up more. Too few bands can pull that shit off to bury it at the end of a song.), I'd call this a case of musical plagiarism. That does not however, mean that this is a bad song. By no means. This is the Happy Version of the Walkmen, and thats something that the world could sorely use, because when the Walkmens sound gets happy... well, it's a lot more fun to listen to. And I like to have fun.

Oh, and Word in the Alleys is the new kid on the block. Go say hi.

I'm gonna do an overhaul of the sidebar links/blogroll this weekend. I'm notoriously bad at forgetting to put things on there. If you've linked to me and want a linkback, email me. Or if you just think your blog is dying to be read by the likes o' me. Or, just to say hi. Like most MP3 bloggers, I am a lonely attention whore desperate for feedback.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Hi Boing Boing!

Welcome to TTIKTDA. Hope some of you folks stick around.

Posts have been erratic this week because what little time work does not occupy has been taken up by the discovery that An Adventurer Is Me!. I apologize profusely, but spend some time over there, and... well, you'll forget to complain.

Ima Robot - A is for Action A great band out of LA thats gotten some radio play for their first single a while back - sadly, the single is not really their best work, as this song shows. It has a talking heads meets 80's metal kind of vibe that works pretty well all things considered - even if whoever is writing the songs lyrics can't spell.


Les Savy Fav - Reprobate's Resume - Les Savy Fav have just released their newest full legnth, Inches, a comp of singles from throughout their career - I'll be picking it up this weekend, but I thought today was a good opportunity to revisit how Tim Harrington and his fellow psychopaths won me over in the first place. This song is, to me the essence of Les Savy Fav's unique disco punk insanity, careening wildly from introspection to rage to the need to dance like a wild orangutan in heat. This is from their previous full legnth, Go Forth, and is probably the second best track off of the album, behind the maniacal "Pills"

Les Savy Fav - Crawling Can be Beautiful Another fantastic track from Go Forth I'm posting this one mainly because I suspect a few friends will like it, and figure the rest of you will too. More classic LSF.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

London booted?

Spanish Bombs (Over Baghdad) Todays tracks are from a remix project just completed by the folks over at Get Your Bootleg On - put simply, they did a full album remix of London Calling entitled London Booted. The results are mixed. Some are more creative than others, some more technically skilled. Some lack both. A rare few, have both. This track layers the Clash's "Spanish Bombs" under Outkast's "Bombs Over Baghdad." The result is an extremely clever and topical update on one of the Clash's most explicitly political songs (which is saying quite a bit), and the finish, when it goes back to the Clash's chorus, punctuated by that Bombs over Baghdad harmony is inspired.

This Girl Wants a Cheat - this though, is the albums highlight. Like a forgotten 60's pop artifact from an alternate universe, the song takes the instrumental from this somewhat atypical Clash song, with it's beatlesesque pianos and strong melody, and that sly, pop horn fill, and puts over it.... Christina? And y'know what? It works. It really really works. This is what pop music (narrow definition) should sound like. This is what it, quite obviously, CAN sound like.

Burnin' - This reworking of London Calling, with healthy doses of London's Burning, doesn't keep much aside from that infamous opening bassline. It doesn't need to. This is a track that works on it's own. It has a propulsive, almost psychedelic vibe that carries it into realms where the Clash never ventured, while still keeping the soul of the song in some strange way.

Other noteworthy tracks from the comp - "Bubbas Got a Brand New Caddillac", "Fuck 'em Boyo", and the bonus track "Street Profile" (which is far better than the execrable remix of The Right Profile that made it onto the album itself).

It takes a lot of skill for me to get past the "This is Blasphemy. Blasphemy!" phase of the Clash being my absolute favorite band, and hearing the lesser tracks on this 'album'. But the good ones are extremely good, and besides - if you go download it, do the GYBO'ers, the world, and old Joe a favor, and remember to buy a tree.

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

How can you shake it?

Tilly & The Wall - Hey Ya, Live @ Hamilton College, NY, Jan '04. - I've mentioned this in the past. Tilly and the Wall are the first band on Connor Obersts own new Team Love Records imprint. Once you've stopped laughing, and admittedly there's a lot to laugh about, take a listen though. I've posted some of TatW's stuff before, but nothing matched this cover live. The recording, which comes by way of the awesome folks at The IMF, while not perfect (and having been somewhat messed about with by me in order to be audible - the levels are erratic, the vocals are high in the mix, and the volume of the MP3 wasn't too good to begin with), conveys to some degree the sheer energy and fun of seeing these guys live.

And I will repeat my earlier pronouncement on the band. How the fuck can you go wrong with a tap dancer as percussion?

The Emergency - All Over Town - The Emergency are a trio of kids from West Virginia. Their debut album, How Can You Move is the sort of earnest, delicate, Beach Boys by way of Guided By Voices pop that you can see being played at the coolest high school dance that never was. It's a truly impressive piece of work for such a young band, and I am looking forward to see what they accomplish as they mature and tighten up.

Friday, April 16, 2004

Horn week blasts to a close.

Al Hirt - Green Hornet, from the Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack, this song just storms in with a blistering intensity, demanding your full attention. It has an urgency, a tension, that makes it perfect as movie music, or, in its original place, as a TV theme. It also makes for a DAMN good alarm clock song - I woke up to it for about 3 months (the longest I've ever gone with a song before being able to sleep through it out of repitition.)

The Low Flying Owls - Looks of a Killer This is off of 2003's Elixir Vitae, the bands sophomore effort, but it may as well be a debut for all the distro their first album got. This one by comparison has shown up in Tower Records listening stations. The Owls play a brand of heavily 60's influenced, somewhat shoegazey pop that fits in well along side their NorCal brethren like BRMC, but more tuneful, less noisy, and more than anything, hypnotic. Hypnotic in the way that My Bloody Valentine are at their best, without sounding anything like My Bloody Valentine. Listening to this song gives the definite impression of a band that can kill, if not with a look, than most certainly with a note.

!!! - Shitscheissemerde (Part 1) I'm jumping on the leaked !!! bandwagon here, after STG beat me to the punch on the single with Dear Can, I'll go and post my favorite track off of the album. Though it proves that lead singer Nic Offer hasn't lost his talent for insipid but memorable one liners, it also proves that he's learned to use his voice to something other than cheerlead. Namely, if you can ignore what he's saying, his vocals are actually contributing to the song merely in how he says it. We saw hints of this on Me & Giuliani but I think this song, with that hiss of shit-scheisse-merde, sounding ever so sinister has a snaky groove that fits !!!'s sound so well.

Thats it for Horn week.

Polish your Brass, Stay Horny, and have fun.


Because god knows none of you are dancing enough. Nobody ever is.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

It takes a lot of brass...

to admit to a love of Ska.

But I will. I was raised on the stuff. Long Island, born and bred, my first exposure to music in any sense beyond the radio was the Long Island Ska scene - and while it's only a small part of my listening nowadays, the fact is that I still have a place in my heart for good, interesting and original Ska like todays selections.

The Pietasters - Set Me Up - the Pietasters have been peddling their own unique brand of Motown by way of DC ska for decades now, but if you ask me, last years Turbo was a real high point - especially this song. The combination of third wave ska energy (and energy is really the only reason to fall in love with the stuff), and that soulful motown inspired crooning really makes the song come together. If only every Ska band could be as tight as these guys, maybe the genre wouldn't take so much shit.

The Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution - It's a Wonderful Life - The Bandits are an Acoustuc Ska Band. Consisting of horns, acoustic guitar, stand up bass, drums, and an honest to god string section, the Bandits were created by former Catch 22 frontman Tom Kalnoky to "prove that acoustic music doesn't suck" to his punk brethren. Regardless of the somewhat crude intent, the result is a piece of magnificent mltitonal pop, that draws as much from the Buena Vista Social Club and Talking Heads as it does from Op Ivy and the Clash. Don't let the pedigree of this band or it's genre fool you. This is the real deal. I may post the rest of the 5 song EP this was off of if the reaction is good, seeing as the album is out of print and the band has endorsed distribution. Let me know if you want more.

The Schematics - Lady in My Bed - The Schematics are a ska band from upstate NY that place significantly more emphasis on horns than most of their peers - the result is a sound that comes off as significantly more swing than many of their peers - it's always refreshing to hear a ska band that understands that Ska doesn't mean "Punk with horns"

Now to sit back and wait for the hate mail.

I promise tomorrows music will not include Ska.
Unless I'm asked for it.
Or if I change my mind.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Only one song today...

because you got so damned much yesterday.

The Long Winters - Scared Straight - Off of last years When I Pretend to Fall, this is the song that made me fall in love with the Logn Winters. The song opens with Sax, and it weaves in and out, giving the song a sincerity, a sense of timelessness, or, perhaps more accurately, a certain being out of time - freedom from mere temporal constraints of scenes or sounds... There is only Music, and the listening is pure joy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Drink Locally, Fck Globally.

Gogol Bordello have to be my favorite band thats still plugging away in the minors - that is - people have heard of them, in some circles, and you can find them on your fileshare of choice with some luck... but damned if their in the league even of the Big Indies. They're essentially a big name local band that got a CD put out nationally and even did a tour or two.

Except, there's nothing local about Gogol Bordello - oh, they're quintessentially New York (not in the scenester sense, but in the history) - but they come from all fucking over the place. Lead singer, Eugene Hutz grew up in Soviet Ukraine, listening to black market Iggy Pop records, and traditional Romani gypsy music. Others came from Israel, from Russia, from all over, (the drummer is American). They met in New York City, united by the alienation of foreignness, by a love of traditional and new music, and god knows what. But thank god they did. Because THIS is globalization personified. This is music that knows no boundaries.

When I try to describe Gogol Bordello to a friend, I am often left with the phrase "Psychopathic Ukrainian Gypsy immigrant folk punk rock." I really can't find a better way to boil it down. Buy these guys albums. See their shows. The live experience is unmatched. Hutz channels Iggy Pop after way too much vodka, crowd surfing on top of a marchingband bass drum. Toasting to 5 centuries of vodka. And the energy is simply non fucking stop. Hutz also DJ's weekly in NYC, doing a mix of traditional stuff, punk and dance music - I don't know where he is in residence now, but it used to be at Bulgarian bar.

Okay, I've ranted and raved enough about how much I love these guys. You want MP3's.


Unvisible Zedd - - This song is off of the bands debut, Voi La Intruder - the song is probably one of their weaker ones, in contrast to the material on their far superior second album Multi-Kontra-Culti Vs. Irony, but the song is a nice highlight of Hutz's gift for lyrical surrealism and weirdness - "Little does she know while she is yawning, she is orally pleasing the unvisible man"

When The Trickster Starts A-Poking (Bordello Kind of Guy - - This is the lead track off of Multi-Kontra-Culti and it opens with a blast of sax and accordion and then the bass and Hutz walks into the bar and we're OFF AND RUNNING! this song careens wildly between punk and gypsy and back again, showing there really isn't much difference between the two anyway, not to mention a vaguely Queen-esque interlude. "For me? I'm just a bordello kind of guy."

Baro Foro - - this is the opus off of the same album. 9 minutes of Romani dance punk insanity. And not a synthesizer or a Gang of Four knockoff in sight. These guys started off playing gypsy weddings in NY and slowly added more and more punk to the sound. It shows here. The song opens very traditionally and builds and builds until the song begins to loop around in it's madness and you MUST MOVE TO THE MUSIC.

Punk Rock Parrada - - Violins = Punk Rock. The story of a city without punks, crime, hookers and drunks. A dead town. But have no fear! The Mighty Gogol Bordello has come to Destroy/Save it! Because they are here to start a new "Punk Rock Parrada!" I love the lyrics on this song.

That was more music than I intended to post.

But damn it's such good stuff.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Feeling Horny?

Taking a ball from The Tofu Hut and running away with it, (in a most childish fashion, seeing as I am one of the Hut's guest reviewers during a week of Kiddy Glisten - go check it out!), I'm going to do a theme this week and try to stick with it.

Theme being, Horns. Brass. Etc.

The forgotten instrument from the original rock combo, we often forget nowadays that a standard early rock 'n' roll band did feature in it's instrumentation not just a guitar and a drum kit and a bass (usually upright), but also a piano, and generally a sax, if not a full horn section.

Sadly, all too many rockers have forgotten the poor horn, even though the keys see occasional revivals - The Rapture's use of a sax notwithstanding. The few that do, often walk the path of bands like Chicago - failing to really rock out with the horn, and instead using it as an excuse to be different. Which is a damned shame. Because the fact of the matter is that horns DO rock.


Giddy Motors - Hit Cap - this London by way of Chicago trio with awesome names (Gaverick De Vis. Manu Ros.*). This song comes and is gone in a whirl of noise and energy, with a sax that intrudes on the cyclone like a knife, cutting in and out at exactly the right points, giving hints of melody, of tone, of a jazziness thats always lurking just around the corner... just down the road, but running, always running, and guarded jealously by the ravings of that screaming homeless guy you always cross the street to avoid. But it's there... oh yes it is - and you won't be able to stop listening until you find it.

The Klezmatics - Shprayz Ikh Mir and
The Klezmatics - Beggars Dance - It would be wrong of me to let Pesach, a post about religous music, AND a week of horn music go by without the Klezmatics showing up there somewhere. The Klezmatics are stylistic chameleons of the first order, mixing up Jazz and funk, and traditional hebrew music and mid-eastern rhythyms and rock and soul and polka and so much else it's not even worth talking about. When people talk about music becoming more global, and cross cultural fusions, this is what they're talking about. Well, this and tomorrows post... These two tracks are both off of 1997's Possessed. Try not singing along to that Dai Dai Dai Dai Dai! on Shprayz Ikh mir.

One last note - can someone please confirm to me whether yesterdays BitTorrent post works? I know it was working yesterday, but I still have it seeded, and I'm getting no peers - which means either nobody wants the archives (in which case I won't do it again at the end of May), or it means that somebody else has a complete copy and is seeding it and I can stop. Or it's just broken.

So, which is it?

* Okay, so Gordon Ashdown isn't so awesome.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

The Archives, Vol. 1.

Well, after a few false starts, I seem to have finally gotten it working. The file for this weekend is a Bit Torrent file of all songs posted to TTIKTDA during the months of Feb. and March. I'm hoping to put one of these up, for just a few days, every 2 months, as a way for those who just found the blog, or missed a few days, or accidentally deleted something to catch up. I'll be seeding it whenever I'm online for the next few days, and after that, the torrent is off in the wild, and I'll probably stop hosting it as well. So grabba while it's hot.

(those that don't have Bit Torrent can get it here.)


P.S. There's a little something extra in there too.

Friday, April 09, 2004

Ted Leo Day.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Come Baby Come - So, last night I'm talking to my friend Ryan, and it comes out that he has never heard OF, much less heard, the magnificent Ted Leo. Now Ryan is fairly up on music and knows his shit. In other words, this is not likely to be some random individuals failure. And so, in an attempt to convert him, and all the rest of you with your heads, ostrich like in the sand, denying the brilliance of the Pharmacists, I bring you, Ted Leo Day.

Ted Leo / Pharmacists - Timorous Me - This is the Pharmacists breakout song. With an old school rockabilly bassline, that distinctive Leo falsetto, lyrics full of poetry and Big Words, and that jangly chisel riff. A Pop masterpiece.

Ted Leo & RX, The Ballad of the Sin Eater - The single that wasn't this is off of 2003's Hearts of Oak - a driving, bass driven number about an American abroad, when I saw Ted @ The Village Underground last feb, he launched into this song with such fervor, he was bleeding from the head by the end. (It's one of the few numbers he trades his guitar in for a tambourine on. He was bashing himself in the head with it, screaming his head off, and generally going nuts in a most awesome way.)

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - The High Party This though, is Leo's masterpiece. Also off of Heartd of Oak, this is a the song all rock songs should aspire to be. Those high scaling riffs, the keyboards, and always Teds singing. Oh yes his singing and his lyrics. This is Indie Rock. Hear it Roar. The genre is NOT dead.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

The Industry?

Menomena - The Late Great Libido - say what you will of P-Dork, they unearthed this fantastic band from Portland that seems to take their name from this utterly classic Muppet Show Bit, and their sound from godknowswhere. As near as I can tell, these guys still don't have a label. They do however have an incredibly psychedelic website. Oh right. The Song. Well, the song is... kind of hard to describe. It opens with vocals and a bassline. A proclamation. Before turinging into a slow bubbling piece of instrumental jazz. When the vocals rejoin us, they leave in their wake a xylophone melody, that slowly expands into a crunching guitar riff that seems to come out of nowhere until you go back and listen again. It's a remarkably fascinating piece of music that can be set on repeat for hours - basically one or two short simple loops run through an enormous variety of instruments, temps and sound structures. These guys could be headed somewhere. If anyone aboveground ever listens to them.

Enon - Carbonation - until last years Hocus Pocus gave us the magnificent "Daughter in the House of Fools," this was Enon's crowning achievement. A bubbly, sugary number, full of bent synth chords and hissed vocals, the song also manages to be a biting commentary on the modern music industry. The chorus of This business carbonation / Less Pop More Fizz / coming over on my radio station / it's killing us kids is a vowel away from talking about the state of modern rock radio. It's a gem.


In other news:
Said The Gramophone has beaten me to posting !!!'s Dear Can. Go listen. It's awesome. I'm telling you. It rocks. Go. What are you still doing here?

Got it? Heard it? Good.

Next up, here at TTIKTDA, we are not alone in our desire to see the kids dancing. As evidenced by the discovery of the website for Pancake Mountain the worlds first Punk Rock Kids Show. Be sure to check out the Theivery Corporation led Dance Party, the psychotic theme song, and best of all, Unca Ian Mackeye teaches us how to Move Our Vowels!

And lastly, I've been getting a wave of fun friendly emails and IM's from you guys. Keep 'em coming. And comments too! I like to know that all those hits aren't from me hitting refresh on the blog to see if there's a new comment.

Monday, April 05, 2004

Popspel!

I love Religous Music. Not because of anything to do with the religiosity itself - in other words, yes I still hate Christian Rock, and it's new found top-40 radio brethren and the occasional "Rapper finds Jesus and spews a rhyme for the big guy" track that are just all so predictable and boring. Rather, I love that old-time religion. There's an exuberance and an energy to it that is just so rare, it's impossible not to love it. Even more so though, what I love is pop music that deliberately imitates the sounds and structures of that old time religion - Popspel for lack of a better word. Songs like Blur's "Tender", The Clash's "Sound of the Sinners", or todays post, all have that exuberance to them. It's a rare and wonderful thing.



David Byrne and Brian Eno - Help Me Somebody! - This is off of 1981's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts an album that was really incredibly far ahead of it's time. Yea, the incongruously paired spoken word vocal with dance beat is old hat know, but think about how it sounded back then. Fear of Music was pretty damned experimental. This was just over the edge, with a preacher flying off the handle about the bigness of god, paired with steady african drumbeats, a funky bassline, and that distorted tapehiss that MIGHT be the roar of a crowd. It was a HARD choice between this and it's sister track, "The Jezebel Spirit" - which features a more subdued beat, and a vocal track of an Exorcism being performed in NYC. "Help Me Somebody!" wins on the strength of it's energy, the "I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I KNOW!", and that YELP!


The MC 5 - Sister Anne - off of 1971's High Time this song is somewhat less political than classic MC5, but what it lacks in revolutionary fervor, it makes up for with a Chuck Berry riff, a hint of what might have been to come with some nascent power chords, and a chorus that downright screams PREACH - at least to me. This is probably my favorite MC5 song, and that is high praise indeed - even if it is a bit bloated in it's legnth.

In other news (AKA Clicky):
Just A Fan is a new website organized by Wilco fans to say "Sorry for downloading, how can we make it up to you?" And solicitng donations to the band selected charity Doctors Without Borders, and in ther first day, on word of mouth alone, raised 1500 bucks. Though I won't be contributing (1 - I didn't download the Wilco album, and 2 - I have no money to give), this is a GREAT idea, and I hope the site doesn't just die when the Wilco leak donations dryout. I.E. I hope this concept gets extended to other high profile leaks, and Justafan.org becomes a stable and permanent presence on the net.

My friend Ben's band The Axe Wound Kids (whose music I have posted here previously and is availiable for free on his website), is going on tour in late May, but they're still looking for bookings. They aren't doing this for the money, and you don't really need to pay them, if you can offer 1) shelter, and 2) an audience, they'll be happy. At the moment, they're looking for bookings in Jersey on May 24th, and somewhere between there and Connecticut on the 25th. If you or someone you know books shows, and wants the Axe Wound Kids to play, drop them an email at TheAxeWoundKids@Yahoo.com. They need the love.

Finally, I'm in the midst of a little project, and could use a hand. Namely, I have no f*cking clue how to make a .torrent file with Bit Torrent (something about a tracker URL? Wuh-huh?) and could REALLY use a hand. It's all for the good of you reader type folks, so please. Offer a hand to a guy in need?

Friday, April 02, 2004

My week in hell is ended.

First off, file sharing is legal in Canada. Sadly, I won't be moving, because I can never go to Soviet Canuckistan ever again. The last time I crossed the border, according to the US customs folks who let me back in and warned me off, I committed a serious crime, and could be in trouble if I go back.

And now, The Secret Machines.

This is the new Jam band for the Indie Kids. First off, these guys kick ass live. They're still opening for people, but I suspect that that's only because they enjoy upstaging other acts (Rumor is, a number of NYC bands have sworn never to allow TSM to support again). Second off, it's because these guys actually do go into 10 minute PInk Floyd inspired Jam freakouts. Thing is, there's as much of the Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses in there as there is Pink Floyd. Old generation Dance Rock, meets new generation Garage Rock. Quite simply, these guys are incredible. The album has been availiable for a while, as prerelease via the I-Tunes Music Store, and the band will even mail you a special custom CD-R when you buy it early, to encourage you to pass it on. Check it out at their website. (You can also listen to the whole album there).

Sad and Lonely - The song opens up with a fuzzy, bass line and a quick kick in the drum kit, and it's a full minute before the vocals kick in, and the song becomes reminiscent of anything other than Liars "This Dust Makes That Mud". But when it does, the song suddenly becomes fully formed, and what was a just-short-of-annoying loop becomes a stable and constant backdrop for a vocal melody that pulls the song up and out and into the realm of pop, and when the pianos kick in, you know that you'll want to hear it a few dozen more times.

Road Leads Where it's Lead - but this right here, this is the album highlight. This is early 90's british rave-rock run through a filter of 70's bombast, with a healthy dash of the new garage scene. When the songs chorus erupts into a repeated shout of "blowing all the other kids away," you know that that is exactly what the Secret Machines intend to do. If their new album is any indication, they just might.