by: Kyle Olson, KUCI Music Director
So, I dunno about you, but that was a wicked exciting Puppybowl yesterday. And when the all-kitten halftime show came on, it blew me away. Man. Puppybowl III was certainly a success. I also danced at the Natural History Museum in the North American Mammal Hall on Friday to a band that used three drumsets. I also decided that, at my wedding, my wife and I are going to do ODB’s “Got Your Money” as a karaoke jam. So tight. My groove was got upon this weekend, friends. All in all, very tasty. That’s what she said.
Oh. I also have some music for you to play on your shows this week.
Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block (AlmostGold)
Why bother buying anything on import, anymore. Foreign bands, apparently, only want to screw you over. “Dear America,” they say, “Thanks for spending $25 on our CD. If you had waited two months, you could have bought it for $13, and had a bonus EP. That will teach you to be enthusiastic about our music!” At any rate, PB&Js CD “Writer’s Block” is now in America, with a bonus EP, and these dudes are really making the rounds. Appearances on Conan, sold out shows in LA, melting the hearts of girls everywhere. This is the hype machine, folks. There are a bunch of different flavors on this CD, so give it a go. That’s what she said.
Do Make Say Think – You, You’re a History in Rust (Constellation)
Canadians, friends of Akron/Family, band name of only verbs: is there anything these dudes can’t do? This is like, a post-rock band playing jazz. Or, maybe the other way around? Either way, it doesn’t sound like much I’ve heard before. Heavy on the post-rock in that little jazz equation, though, of course. It sounds pretty durned good to me. Plus, there’s a song called “You, You’re Awesome”. That’s the type of pick-me-up I need first thing in the morning. Goooooo self-esteem.
Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway (Caldo Verde)
Re-release of a critically acclaimed album of somber and dark Americana. Now it comes with a tasty little six-song EP. I’m just going to shove this INSIDE of our already existing copy of “Ghosts of the Great Highway”. That is because it came in like, a little plastic envelope. If the promo company is going to half-ass it, I don’t see any reason why I need to put forth extra effort. The love you take is equal to the love you make or whatever.
The Minor Canon – No Good Dead Goes Unpunished (Tenderness)
So, these dudes have played on KUCI. That is a fact. They are also local. That is another fact. This is mellow, folksy indie rock. That’s not really a fact, but it’s probably a largely agreed-upon opinion. As if any opinion I have isn’t largely agreed-upon. I am the lowest common denominator. My superpower is finding the thing the most people will like me for supporting, and I do that. Is that a fact? Get to know me and find out.
Les Breastfeeders – Les Matins de Grans Soirs (Blow the Fuse)
In case you couldn’t guess, this is all kinds of in French. I don’t know what they’re saying, but I’m betting it has roughly 1/3 more letters than it needs to be said. They’re from Quebec. We’re totally rubbing up on Canada today. Is it their health care? Semi-legal weed? Chilly weather? Abundant badger population? All of the above? Who knows. By the way, this sounds like a slightly more garage New Pornographers.
Central Services – Central Services (Self-released)
I have this weird feeling that I’ve added this album before. Maybe it was an EP by this band or something? Laid back, summery indie-pop (but not like, POP). I am distracted, and can’t think of something funny to write here. So. Imagine a ghost fighting a vampire with chains. That’s pretty funny (AND COOL).
Fulton Lights – Fulton Lights (Catbird)
This says it combines Low, Grizzly Bear, and Massive Attack. Sure. I’ll buy that. But, be warned that I am notoriously bad with money. This is low-key, somber indie stuff (Low, Grizzly Blear), but with a slightly narcotic edge (the Massive Attack). If there’s anything I like, it’s narcotics. Just kidding, mom. I actually listen to way more stoner music than a dude who has as little drug experience as I do. Also, the other day I thought, “What if someone offered me heroin?”. And I thought, I would do it. Because, 1: If I liked it (which is likely, since it’s heroin), I wouldn’t really know where to get it, so it wouldn’t become an issue, and 2: when else am I going to get to do heroin? Just kidding. I’m too fat for heroin.
The View – Hats Off to the Buskers (1965 Records)
You kids like Brit-pop? Dancy, rocky, Brit-pop that is compared to the Kooks? Well do I have a treat for you!! It’s ice cream! Everyone loves ice cream (except Nazis and babyrapists. And the lactose intolerant, I guess. But, really, isn’t that just like raping a baby?).
Dr. Dog – We All Belong (Park the Van)
Not to be confused with the muppet rock band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. These dudes seem to have a crazy boner for the Beatles. Do you like the Beatles? I heard they’re pretty good. But, I haven’t really checked them out because I waste my time finding obscure noise-bands from Providence. My life is backwards and unfulfilling.
The Western States Motel - The Western States Motel (Firebird Field)
I know a band who likes the Shins and Elliott Smiiiiiiiith.
Time to go home and read boox.