Monday, October 8, 2007

The Sampler - Tracks of the Week (Week 3)

Here’s this week’s rundown of songs that I can’t stop listening to:

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You

Black Kids are a very new band on the rise. They have only released on EP (which is available for free download on their MySpace page), but it is an outstanding accomplishment. The standout of the EP is I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You, an upbeat dance number (duh). The song swings with fuzzy guitar, and bouncy bass, and laced with synth. The chorus finds both the boys and the girls singing an infectious countdown. This is definitely a band to expect good things from.

Of Montreal – Du Og Meg

From Icons, Abstract Thee, the companion EP to January’s Hissing Fauna, Are you the Destroyer?, Du Og Meg is Of Montreal showcasing their danciest, best qualities. Following a love story that spans across oceans and kingdoms, it is complete with insatiable horns and hopping bass. Kevin Barnes certainly knows how to turn a phrase, and his voice fits perfectly with fragments like, “Still his heart was so ambivalent and hopesick of her/ He wasn’t ever sure/But she gave in so sweetly/That the spirit said/Boy you better go run to her”.

Tarkio – Caroline Avenue

Before Colin Meloy had formed The Decemberists, he was the leader of Tarkio. Caroline Avenue sings sweetly with its perfect blend of the guitar, banjo, drums, and violin. Meloy’s voice croons about growing sick of a former lover. The song is filled with glorious pictures such as, “Reeling from the tension/It’s all ending here/And I’m chasing shots of whiskey with Everclear” and “And you’re trying so hard/But it takes more than just flipping of the traffic cops/To impress me/You underestimate me.”

2 comments:

Marcia said...

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You

I love the title of this song? album? whatever...it is awesome.

m!les said...

Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You

I liked this song. I think it's a situation we've all been in. There's a girl you like. She has a boyfriend. And because you're a world-trained dance instructor, she asks you to help train her boyfriend to dance. It tears you apart, and your head says you won't do it, but you end up doing it anyway because you're a nice guy.

Of Montreal – Du Og Meg

I once heard that Of Montreal was one of the worst band names ever, designed to confuse people unaccustomed to it. "What's that CD of?" "Oh, it's Of Montreal." "Like, pictures from a vacation, or what?" "No, it's Of Montreal. A band." "So you went to Montreal to see a band." "No, the band is from Athens, Georgia." "Montreal is not in Athens, Georgia, and you can quit making fun of me now."

Anyway, the song is pretty good.

Tarkio – Caroline Avenue

I feel embarassed at not having heard of this band. I'm a huge Decemberists fan, and the fact that Colin Meloy had a previous band with material out there, that I hadn't heard of, was a punch in the stomach. The song is good. It lacks the exotique of most Decemberists fare, but it shows that Colin doesn't just dream of olde times and far off places.