Monday Music Roundup
Language changes its meaning over the years, and things that were completely kosher 50 years ago now make me drop my head into my arm and laugh silently. The website YesButNoButYes has has collected the "Top 15 Unintentionally Funny Comic Book Panels" with some choice examples. Whether it's Robin "exposing himself" to Batman or wives being kissed and not heard, take a look and have a good chuckle. [thx Yeti!]
While you're over there, check out their list of Top Ten Female Streakers, which uses words like "dangly bits" and chastens one 19 year-old streaker for "breaking the two cardinal rules of female stripping - 1) trim well, and 2) never cartwheel." Oh, heavens.
Edge Of The Night
I was a bit saddened yesterday to read that rad-retro Chicago band The Redwalls (previous rave) have broken up with Capitol Records. Even after parting ways, The Redwalls call their former label "honorable" because "the record which we wrote in the early months of 2006 and recorded in 42 days in a small town in Sweden, is now solely in the possession of the band (If you don't understand the significance of this than you'll have to trust us). A record is a statement that stands permanent, it is the culmination of where a bands been and where they are at . . . Look forward to the new record and to an EP that will precede it, as we look forward to sharing it with all of you."
This looks to be a sample of the sounds recorded last year, and me gusta mucho. It reflects a fuller and more mature sound from these guys, with some interesting experimentation (maracas?) that still captures that '60s pop harmony goodness. Kind of a 'Beatles Take Paraguay' vibe. Also check the big U2 sounding track called "Song 1" on their MySpace. I hope they are snatched up quickly by a label with a good ear for talent, because these brothers have it.
The Richmond Sluts
Yell-out-loud dirty '70s rock with a double punk/surf edge from San Francisco band the Richmond Sluts, who now appear to be defunct (but you try Googling richmond sluts for information on the band, without getting links to bendy women from Virginia). This delightfully crunchy song screams of driving too fast, playing music too loud, and maybe even dancing too close to leave room for the Holy Spirit. It's off their self-titled 2001 album, and the Bono-riffic album cover has a girl that can stand alongside the Superdrag chick from Head Trip In Every Key in badass rocker chick irresistibility.
This kind of reminds me of the stomp of The 22-20s and the zip of that great Benjy Ferree track I posted recently, all rolled up into something fresh. New from paradoxically-Pennsylvanian band Illinois, from their EP What The Hell Do I Know? (out now). Clocking in at only 2 minutes long, this will nonetheless definitely get you tapping your toes and rolling down the windows, singing along with the sympathetic-for-the-devil "whoo-whoo" bits.
Hot Girls In Good Moods
Butch Walker & The Let's Go Out Tonites
This song is an explosively soaring glam-rock party in a box. Butch Walker (chameleon-like musician/producer) checks T. Rex, echoes David Bowie, and wraps up all that swagger into a package that's just plain fun. Even if you think you don't like stuff like this, it's kind of like the Eagles of Death Metal effect -- I just can't help myself. Check the lyric about music-geek love at its finest: "Straddles me lovely while she's scratchin my back, while she's singin all the words to my hidden track..." Absolutely calls for being the leadoff track on your next "going out" mix, from the aptly titled The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and The Lets-Go-Out-Tonites (2006).
Music (featuring Lauryn Hill)
I've not previously been swayed by Joss Stone's rowly yowly charms, but this is one fine track off her newest effort, which pal Bruce is raving about as "so damn funky it's like one of those classic Chaka Khan or Rufus records and has the velvetspeakers on full blast." I always take his word for things, and you should too. From the new (oddly titled) Introducing Joss Stone. Anything that gets Lauryn out of hiding is a-okay in my book.