Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Revolting Cocks - "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

Revolting Cocks - "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?": "This take on the Rod Stewart original pulls the disco out and replaces it with a sleazy, mechanical bump and grind rhythm. It's probably a bit too scary to be a stripper anthem, but that doesn't mean that still shouldn't be one anyway. Some sly changes to the lyrics, the old-style organ replacing the sax lead and other touches show the humour behind the lasciviousness, even if it's hard to notice behind the spoken-word dirty Brit vocals - which are also aces."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dio - "Rainbow In The Dark"

Dio - "Rainbow In The Dark":
"Dio is awesome. Why, you ask?
Because he can take a song with MAD STUPID lyrics like this one (HELLO!!: "you've left been left on your own / like a rainbow in the dark!"...uh...what???) and make it sound not only good, but bad-ass. Sure, it helps that there's some shredding guitar parts in this song, but Dio brings the real magic. (And it's pretty cool that - a la "Holy Diver" - he yells out "LOOK OUT!" - as only Dio can - near the end of this tune.)"

Monday, April 14, 2008

White Gold and The Calcium Twins - "Tame The White Tiger"

White Gold and The Calcium Twins - "Tame The White Tiger": "I stumbled across a commercial about this 'band' on Comedy Central. The 'rock god' + 'milk' concept was pretty over the top for a milk ad, so I couldn't help but laugh. After realizing there was a tag to hear their music on Rhapsody (!), I went online and checked out their three-song EP, thinking it was a pretty crazy thing to come out of a milk ad. To my great glee, I realized it was ballsy rock music about milk and its calcium-y goodness - provided by Electric Six's Dick Valentine in all his insane glory. This song may be the coolest advertisement I've ever been aware of."

Friday, April 11, 2008

M83 - "Skin Of The Night"

M83 - "Skin Of The Night": "I know I'm breaking my own blog rules by posting about the same album more than once in a single week - especially when I hardly blog about the same album twice ever - but I've been obsessed with this M83 album since December - and now that I can finally share it, it's like popping a cork on a bottle of champagne. I can't hold myself back!"

Thursday, April 10, 2008

M83 - "Kim & Jessie"

M83 - "Kim & Jessie": "Synth-shoegaze as only M83 can do it. Beautiful, gauzy, shimmering - this track is aces. You should love it as I do! Check it out exclusively at Rhapsody now!"

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Hum - "Green To Me"

Hum - "Green To Me": "After "Stars" became a fluke hit on their previous record (You'd Prefer An Astronaut), people's expectations were unrealistic for the next Hum record - at least in terms of commercial success. While those hopes were sadly unrealized, the album (Downward Is Heavenward) is filled with heavy-sounding songs that still have melodies tucked inside the walls of noise, like this one. (The major label polish that pulls the vocals out of the fuzz of their previous records have something to do with that - making the experience a bit less spacey, but a bit sweeter in the trade-off.)"

Monday, April 07, 2008

Soulwax - "E Talking" (Nite Version)

Soulwax - "E Talking" (Nite Version): "Starts out like Blondie's "Heart of Glass", then the real drums and synth hand claps kick in, then the keys. You think the song is building, but then this bass line kicks in and it's like the bottom dropped out - and then the song really kicks in. Knowing that Soulwax did this to their own song makes it all the more brilliant.
(Bonus points for having Nancy Whang from LCD Soundsystem add some spoken word. Makes it even cooler!)"

Friday, April 04, 2008

White Shoes & The Couples Company - "Tentang Cita"

White Shoes & The Couples Company - "Tentang Cita": "Another band I fell in love with at SXSW. Imagine what the band that did the Love Boat theme song looks like - but from Indonesia and in their early 20's - and in the present day. Their earnest interest in 70s soft pop - often sung in Indonesian - is what elevates their music over mere kitch. This is not some irony-filled NYC hipster band, these kids really love this sound.
Live, their secret weapon is lead singer Aprilia who, while cooing at you softly, swings her arms around in a gentle and completely hypnotizing way. You may not understand what she's singing about, or even what her 'hand dances' mean, but she's completely mesmerizing anyway."

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Whale - "Crying At Airports"

Whale - "Crying At Airports": "This band was, understandably, written off as a minor, novelty one-hit wonder for "Hobo Humpin' Slobo Babe" - and, if that's all you heard, I would understand. Turns out they had much better music in them, it just hadn't come out yet. Aside from having a great title, their later album All Disco Dance Must End In Broken Bones is, at turns, moody, quirky, and packed with nervous energy. "Crying At Airports" is probably my favorite track on the album, propelled by druggy bass and vocals, punctuated by a Swedish-accented speed rap, and still oddly catchy. Definitely more than a mere curiosity."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Wombats - "Lost In the Post"

The Wombats - "Lost In the Post": "Giddy British rock with a touch of snottiness, ofset my great backing harmonies and energetic riffs. A Rhapsody U.S. premiere!"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Does It Offend You, Yeah? - "Dawn of the Dead"

Does It Offend You, Yeah? - "Dawn of the Dead": "This album brings the party in a serious way, but not nearly as much as they do live, as I witnessed recently in Austin. Strangely, with all the robodance on the album, it's this awesome new-wave-influenced track that wins me over, even if it is a bit out of place with the rest of the record. Hell, I'll admit - it's probably the synth hand claps. Always a sucker for those."