Ringo Deathstarr - "Down On You": "I missed these guys at SXSW because I got the memo about them too late - but missing them is what made me check out their EP, which features this highlight track. Fabulous noise-pop, it takes the lurching melodic buzz of the first Lilys record to an even sweeter conclusion."
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
The Killers - "Shadowplay": "I know I shouldn't like The Killers doing Joy Division, but I have to admit that I do. While it clearly doesn't have the raw electricity of the original, this crisper-sounding take on the song is no less dark, while having a 'cooler' sound and is maybe even a bit sexy (although I hesitate to use that word)."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 3/28/2008 09:22:00 AM
Monday, March 24, 2008
Be Your Own Pet - "The Kelly Affair": "I'm not sure that I like this tribute to Beyond The Valley of The Dolls, probably because I love the original just too darn much, but I do love that they recreate Ashley St. Ives' screams of "Bentley! Rolls!" during the guitar solo."
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 3/24/2008 08:56:00 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2008
A Place to Bury Strangers - "Don't Think Lover": "I stumbled onto these guys at the Hot Freaks party at the Mohawk. It starts off like harsh JAMC, before shifting into `60s guitar rock in an echo chamber, before shifting back to JAMC distortion, then back again to 60s rock with a wistful, garage-y guitar lead. It's not nearly as jarring as it sounds."
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Cut Copy - "Lights and Music": "These guys helped people to get their dance on at our party (Rhapsody Rocks Austin), despite it being 2:30 in the afternoon! Not radically different from their first album, although not in a bad way, this track manages an excellent blend of 80s synths with catchy guitar riffs to make a futuristic jam."
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Robyn - "With Every Heartbeat": "I first got turned onto this song when on vacation in London last fall, but it wasn't until the tidal wave of attention started for her in the US that I really got into it. Robyn's candy-coated but emotional vocals paired pulsing synths are a simple but great combo - made even better by the fact that she can bring it live, as I witnessed first hand at SXSW last week."
Monday, March 17, 2008
Santogold - "Creator": "So, yes, I can see the similarities to M.I.A., but having been familiar with Santi White's (a.k.a. Santogold) past work (which spans rock to R&B), I know she's just a chameleon and this is just one element of what she does. Plus, I'm in love with her female dancers - dressed in clothes that mix military and flight attendant looks, they do funky robotic dances/poses while they sing, all behind dark shades. I know it sounds like a gimick, but it lets Santi party while her girls hold down the Kraftwerk lock and step around her. It's tight."
Friday, March 14, 2008
The Ting Tings - "Great DJ": "I feel like this was one of the breakout songs of South by Southwest this year - lots of people went to see them live and I heard this song played at other parties too. It takes a second to get exciting, but every time they get to the chorus, there's some serious electro-rock pogoing going on. I'm sure it'll be in a commercial soon enough!"
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Chikita Violenta - "Laydown": "This sounds like great Brit-styled alt-rock, even with a touch of shoegaze-tinged hushed vocals, except that this band is from Mexico! Thanks to IODA's SXSW day party for helping me to stumble onto them quite accidentally!"
Monday, March 10, 2008
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
The Carpenters - "Superstar": "I re-discovered this at the karaoke bar the other night. It's so amazingly cheesy, especially the "baby baby baby baby oh baby" part - but that's the part that got everyone in the bar singing along. Total guilty pleasure. (And, no, unlike "Let's Dance", I did not sing this one.)"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 3/05/2008 10:52:00 AM
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
David Bowie - "Let's Dance": "I did this song for karaoke last night at my friend Courtney's birthday party. She thought I did a good job with it, but I wanted to go back and listen to the original to hear how it's really done!"
Posted by DJ Wallaby at 3/04/2008 10:54:00 AM