Now hear this: Black Kids

November 13, 2007

Black Kids

Yep, I love them. And I love them because

1. Their songs are infectiously darling
2. There are black kids in the band the Black Kids

Those two points are running neck and neck for ultimate reasons why I like this new band. And they’re precious looking (I want to become instant bffs with the lot of them!).

KEXP’s blog offers a free mp3 of their single ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ as Song of the Day (mp3).

But what do they sound like? Think early The Shins given a healthy pinch of lo-fi power pop and female doo-wop backup singers (a wee bit reminiscent of their contemporaries The Go! Team).

Read the KEXP blog entry for the Black Kids ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ song of the day. (Psst! I think KEXP might have just as much of a band crush on them as I have!)

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Sigur Ros still from forthcoming dvd Heima

I found this trailer for Sigur Ros’ new album and DVD on KEXP’s blog. The trailer looks to be on the verge of melancholy and pulls back just before the mood hits nostalgia. So, I’m hoping for an Icelandic experience without stepping foot there (well, no plans of a trip just yet anyway).


The music + visuals are gorg! Check it out.

But what do they sound like? Um, ship Radiohead to Iceland and gently nudge them to play acoustic instruments in the style of electronic shoegaze and ouila! You’ve got Sigur Ros’ sound.

Wow, is it just me or has Pitchfork been rating music a little bit more accurately as of late? I’ve been noticing a trend all year of more “accurately” rated albums on the site. Maybe they’re over their “we’ve got something to prove” phase and are actually rating things the way the rest of us would agree.

I put accurately in quotes up there because reviews are just well-formed opinions anyway and no opinion is ever really right or wrong it’s just more or less accepted by a group of people.

Les Savy Fav - Let’s Stay Friends
Pitchfork gave it an 8.3
Love all the songs I’ve heard so far especially “The Year before 2000” and “What Would Wolves Do”. But, I’m a Les Savy Fav fan and they can pretty much do no wrong in my head anyway.

The Go Team - Proof of Youth
Pitchfork gave it a 7.2
I’ve only heard two songs from this album as well, but I like The Go Team and chances are they’ve made a solid album here. Yep, that’s an educated guess my friend. But these kids are always pleasing to my ears.

Yeasayer - All Hour Cymbals
Pitchfork gave it a 7.8
Every song I’ve heard I’ve been practically blown away by. This is my favorite new band of 2007!!! Except maybe for Black Kids (see below).

Kanye West - Graduation
Pitchfork gave it an 8.7
I agree, although maybe I’d rate even a little higher because it’s been a long time since I heard an album where every single song is pretty much a hit song.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is
Pitchfork gave it an 8.2
I’m burning a whole in this EP. A huge HOLE! Hey guys, since it’s an EP, it’s a good way for you to find out if you like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs if you’ve never tried them before (EPs are like a sampler and they usually cost about half the price of a full length album). I hit repeat on this baby several times a week still.

Black Kids - Wizard of Ahhhs
Pitchfork rated is an 8.4
This is my other favorite band of 2007!!! They’re a throw back to late 90s / earlier 2000s indie rock. Pretty lo-fi with a punch of synth keyboards. They’re like a mix of early The Shins and The Go Team. Plus, I like songs that have more than one person singing and they do this well with each other. As do my other favorite 2007 band Yeasayer (see above).

I’m sure Pitchfork will throw in their curve balls once in a while and rate something spectacular a 2.1 and something awful a 9.7, but for now I’m along for the ride.