St. Vincent - Marry Me

Ok, so where the hell have I been? I totally just discovered St. Vincent. I’ve seen the album around (the gorgeous young lady with red lips and wild, wiry curls standing in front of a gray backdrop), but I just kept thinking, ehhh maybe not? I hadn’t heard not a single song, mind you. I was just avoiding it because that’s what I do on occasion to new artists. In hopes that someone will do my work for me and tell me if it’s good or whatever. I did my homework, ladies and gents, and you know what? It’s good!

So here’s to being slow and too fast, too. Check out the sounds below.

Good shit (I’m just kinda slow)
St. Vincent
Marry Me.mp3
Paris Is Burning.mp3

Tegan and Sara (FYI… twins still creep me out, but whatever, I’m over it)
Relief Next To Me.mp3

My most overlooked last year (still, cuz I’m kinda slow)
The National
Mistaken For Strangers.mp3

MGMT
Weekend Wars.mp3

Can’t hardly wait for more

Cool Kids

Cool Kids
Black Mags.mp3

Cat Power ‘Jukebox’
Silver Stallion.mp3

Lightspeed Champion
Everyone I Know Is Listening To Crunk.mp3

These New Puritans <-Hurry up and release an album available in the US, pweaze!

Santogold <- Same to you, Ms. Santogold

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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!)

Better get it right

May 21, 2007

I’m stupid, ok.

I get so many bands confused with each other. Some of them are kind of self-explanatory (i.e. they are similar in names or similiar in name and sounds). While other band name confusions make no sense at all.

Come, explore the complexities of my wee, little brain when it comes to storing information by band name.

Now, here are some very understandable band name mix-ups:

Junior Boys Junior Senior
Junior Boys v. Junior Senior
Kings of Leon v. Kings of Convenience
!!! v. Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah
The Dirty Projectors v. The New Pornographers
Sloan v. Spoon
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Murder by Death
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead v. Murder By Death
Matmos v. Momus
Les Savy Fav v. Ranier Maria
Fiery Furnaces v. Arcade Fire

When it comes to the Fiery Furnances versus the Arcade Fire, the similarities in band names can be disastorous. For the longest time last year I kept saying “I hate the Arcade Fire.” But really meant was, “I hate the Fiery Furnaces,” because I love the Arcade Fire in actuality. I just couldn’t remember that they were two different bands with two different, yet similar, names.

Let’s not forget about the bands I confuse with each other that make less/no sense; like:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club My Morning Jacket
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club v. My Morning Jacket
The Flaming Lips v. Violent Femmes
Blonde Redhead v. Xiu Xiu
LCD Soundsystem v. Ratatat v. Junior Boys
Low v. Yo La Tengo
Mad-Lib v. J-Dilla

There’s no real rhyme or reason for that previous list, but I promise you it takes me a second to remember who is who. Now, some of that list can be explained by the fact I learned about some of these bands around the same time (in the case of The Flaming Lips and The Violent Femmes) and some of it is due to the fact that they have similar sounds and arrived on my radar around the same time (i.e LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat and Junior Boys).

Then there are bands that I don’t really get mixed up, but you could understand if I did; like:

Deerhoof Deerhunter
Deerhoof v. Deerhunter
Wilco v. Spoon
Joanna Newsom v. Neko Case
Coco Rosie v. Tegan and Sara
Be Your Own Pet v. The Grates
Amy Winehouse v. Lily Allen

So, there you have it. Bands I can’t ever seem to keep straight. Now, I know you must have a list yourself. What bands do you get jumbled up with another?