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New Music Week Of August 17th, 2009: Modern Sounds Of Electronica


I.D.G.A.F – Breathe Carolina
Electronica duo from Denver come up with the goods on this addictive pop crossover mover EXCEPT who is gonna play a song whose chorus goes: “I don’t give a fuck, I don’t give a fuck…” . Yeah, and bleeping won’t help. Maybe, re-record it, right? The two guys hit it with a cool sneer and it is really a place where Electronica can go and evolve outta the dancefloor and on to the charts. I got another song off the album as well, the title track, “Hello Facination” and it is really good. I’ve been writing about the new face of dance for months, folks like Drop the Lime the who play with a full band. This is the other side, it is like emo rock for drum machine lovers. SINGLE OF THE WEEK.
 
 
Jackie Collins Existential Question Time – Manic Street Preacher – After Britpop went bust MSP and Primal Scream were the best possible reasons to take notice of the UK for at least two years but it has been a long time since Every Thing Must Go and though the title deserves it’s own place in rock and roll heaven these aging Marxist’s have done this hard rock punk with a strong hook sound for decades and though I like it fine and they never ever let down live, it is a little been there, done that.
 
 
 
A Whole Lot Better – Brendan Benson
Backwards Down the Numbers – Phish
I saw the Raconteurs (the band he shares with Jack White) opening for Dylan and wasn’t thrilled but I am thrilled by this power pop rocker which recovers from a crap way over the top opening (you’re meant to be Big Star not ELO) but steadies itself nicely with cute harmonies on the chorus and a revved guitar attack holding off the hook just like in the old days. Is this Phish’s best song ever? As song’s go more than possibly, it is to Phish what “Uncle tom’s Band” is to the Grateful Dead -just a song that needs nothing else (though Phish jam out in the end) to make it perfect.
 
 
Baby (featuring Raheem Devaugn) – Ghostface Killah
Luv Witch Ya boy (featuring Ron Browz) – Lloyd Banks
It has been three years since Fishscale and Ghostface has gotta try a bit harder. With his hat squarely in the ring as greatest rapper alive Killah keeps on bunting, here to the extremely tedious Raheem. Banks is shouting out G-Unit? If you thought Fitty was deader than Elvis meet the rest of these losers who were just diabolical at Summer Jam a coupla years ago and what hurt G-Unit (the lack of team unity made for a messy amateur show and when they realized the extremely knowledgable audience wasn’t buying it they started hurling chairs into the audienc) still hurts, Banks rap against a two note sample is a fast ride through to the end and the rest of G-Unit ride it hard.
 
 
Consider Me Gone – Reba McEntire – This is what McEntire does best, not crap TV sitcoms but over blown country ballads. It is a blousy, bluffy, over-produced, over-wrought, over-sung, hammy bangy pleasure with every instrument in the country spectral world of sound vowing to get that buck outta your pocket.
 
 
 
Bonfire – Third Eye Blind
Architecture – Mutemath
Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20 and 3 Doors Down belong to this exclusive club called “the really sincere pop bands who think they’re rock bands but aren’t with terrible, terrible bands names”. The thing is if you are a commercial rock band be a commercial rock band, and if you’re a sorta grungy come on for the unwashed masses be that but when you are both you come across as whole new vistas of insincere. It’s like they exist for the sole purpose of having people take Soul Asylum seriously. MuthMath exist for the sole purpose of having people take Mutemath.
 
 
 
Modern Day Delilah – Kiss – Todd Leibowitz things it’s a great return to Kiss ‘s head banging 70s hey day, Gene Simmons thinks Sonic Boom is their best album since Destroyer, I think the guitar solo is really hot shit and I also think it is completely bizarre they can pull this shit off at this stage of the proceedings. This song pounces and claws with a raw and pure metal sound and the voices alone and together are like 3 Robert Plant’s singing in yer ear and the bass weighs the song down so it sinks into the riff.
 
 
 
 
Melody – Kate Earl
Beach – Mew
It seems to be a week for alternative rockers trying to break pop. Both Earl and Mew are pretty gifted guys and “Melody” especially is a slight, pretty song. Reminds me of a sleek pop rip off of Lily Allen, Mew are the only band this week who have managed to straddle the line between Top Forty Rock and Indie Pop and if I liked the lead singers voice I would be raving about it.

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