Archive for October 2009
Otter Petter, The Fourth of July
Vivian Girls, Going Insane
Amazing Baby, Supreme Being
Velocette, Spoiled Children
Shellshag, Shut Up
The Violettes, In Sh’Allah
Kelli Rae Powell, Guy What Takes His Time
Vivian Girls, Everything Goes Wrong
Orenda Fink, High Ground
Velocity Girl, Sorry Again
Times New Viking, City on Drugs
Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco, Holding On
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Going Up the Country
Liam Griffin, Until You Fall
Frankie Knuckles Ft. Jamie Principle, Baby Wants to Ride
UUVVWWZ, Hum Jam
The Hot Toddies, Sugar Daddy
Vaselines, Molly’s Lips
Rose Melberg, Things That We Do
Ultralash, Kitchen Song
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Thinking Like That
20 Minute Loop, Aquarium
Polite Sleeper, From Waiting List to Walk In
The Pneurotics, Just
Tsunami Bomb, 5150
Tuscadero, Angel in a Half Shirt
The Trolleyvox, Our Love Was
Jennifer Trynin, Better Than Nothing
Never seen the show. Every time it is on I listen to a Ramones album instead.
So there’s a ton of songs from the show, I guess, and then interspersed with them are modern rock songs to get people like me interested in the show, or perhaps the parents of the fans of this show get interested in the record. I don’t know. All the songs are short, even the “real” ones.
The Shins do “It’s OK, Try Again” to teach the little tykes that you can’t always win. I would have played this for Tom Brady after the New England Patriots lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl, but maybe that’s just me.
Money Mark’s “Robo Dancing” sounds exactly as you would expect it to. He’s indoctrinating America’s youth to make them like electronic music! How dare he, indeed. And here is everyone’s favorite flavor of the month, Chromeo. “Nice ‘N’ Clean” makes me want to have a McDLT.
As far as all the Yo Gabba Gabba! music goes, it answers the question, “What would it sound like if Casiotone for the Painfully Alone” sold out?
This album makes me feel old.
This sounds like an ’80s cover band where you don’t know any of the songs they are covering. Or if you had been listening to the ’80s Underground on KSCU, and you recognize all the rhythms, but none of the songs ring a bell.
This band is likely a lot of fun live. They have no shame about the music they create. You don’t act embarrassed when you name your band “Polaroid Fame,” two words that individually define the 1980s. I suppose “Atari Porky’s” was already taken.
“Wanna Know” sounds like Wang Chung. And I bet lead singer Frankie Kimpton is always telling people to relax. “When I’m With You” has the hand claps you’ve been looking for.
“Caught on Film” sounds a little too much like Duran Duran, who did “Girls on Film,” of course. You have to draw the line somewhere. This was a little too blatant to me.
But otherwise, it all works pretty well. I mean, God knows we don’t have enough real 1980s CDs in the $1.99 bin at Rasputin, so we might as well pay $10 for a new one, right?
I’m not tired of this yet, but I bet a lot of people are. Everyone and their sister is doing the Watson Twins thing now. The only reason this makes me sad is that we’re six months from a backlash, after which nobody will be doing it at all, including the Watson Twins, who will go on some sort of cocaine-infused hiatus, which truly is the worst-case scenario for my life.
This is a five-track EP. But the first and last tracks are called “Transmission Pt. 1” and “Transmission Pt. 2.” It’s not to say these are inferior songs, but it doesn’t make me want to like them, especially when I can listen to “Mama’s Eye” and be happy with that.
“Bedroom” is the best track because Sarah Parson focuses on singing well. She does all this goofy tricky stuff with her voice on the other tracks the way that Grey Anne does, except Grey Anne knows how to do it in moderation.
“Miles From Minnesota” is also a good track and features Ben Braden on vocals. The thing is, Miles Edgerton is from Newark. How could they get that wrong? I mean, it’s Mr. Miles!