Last week, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon featured the first ever television appearance of Liquid Liquid, who performed their classic 1981 deep cuts “Optimo” (non-televised and seen above) and “Cavern”, which was sampled infamously and illegally by Grandmaster Melle Mel’s anti-drug anthem “White Lines” (and allegedly recorded when they were slammed out of their minds on coke). Less unearthly and rhythmically disorienting than the originals (possibly due to the show’s acoustics), the band still nevertheless prove themselves to be insanely adept at their craft.
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If you’re a music fan in San Diego or someone who sets a lot of store in the English rock press, then you’ve been waiting for a follow-up to Dirty Sweet’s superlative 2007 release, ...Of Monarchs and Beggars. The “skuzzy, ass-kicking rawk n’ roll” glorified by the NME is winning hearts and minds all across Europe as the band continues an extensive tour that will take them through May at the Moulin Blues Festival in the Netherlands.
American Spiritual is available now on Acetate Records, and can be purchased on iTunes or Amazon. “You’ve Been Warned” is the first single, a perfect example of the band’s fresh and relevant take on what many dismiss as a throwback genre. The only thing anachronistic about these guys is the stuff in their closets. And if you get a chance to see them live, do it—you’re in for a treat.
Longtime fans of Everything But the Girl (meaning those who date back to Love Not Money and Eden, not just “Missing”) will be excited to hear that Tracey Thorn is back with a new full-length album in May 2010. The first single, “Oh, the Divorces!” will feature a cover of Vampire Weekend’s “Taxi Cab” as a B-side, not to mention some truly inspired cover art. Go to traceythorn.com for more information.
Hooray for Earth is a frighteningly innovative NYC band currently penciled in as THE hottest freshman act of the new decade. Their already acclaimed MOMO EP will see proper release via Dovecote Records on June 1st. Upon the EP’s release, the band will hit the road for a tour supporting current buzz kingpins Surfer Blood and Pains of Being Pure at Heart. In the meantime, they’ve dropped a video for leadoff single “Surrounded By Friends”. The video finds HFE frontman Noel Heroux taking a spin through a universe that bears a striking resemblance to that of Mario Kart…had Mario and Luigi shared a bottle of wine and a couple of Vicodin before hitting the road. Oh, and there’s Muppets too.
The only thing better than discovering great new music is doing it for FREE. San Francisco’s Queer Control Records has released a completely gratis digital 2010 compilation album called Operation Download: Mixin’ It Up. QCR is home of one of last year’s best albums, Pariah Piranha’s People People, and boasts a superlative roster of queer-identified artists who run the gamut from Harlequin Baby’s electro-DIY to the one-man phenomenon known as Ste McCabe. With his close-cropped hair and skinny t-shirts, Manchester’s McCabe is like a gay Ted Leo channeling Pete Shelley circa ‘77, and even Boy George can’t stop singing his praises. “Murder Music” will make you laugh and make you think, all the way to your next marriage equality rally.
Pound for pound, I can’t think of another indie label with a more vibrant stable of artists. Pariah Piranha led me to QCR, and the more I listen, the less I can decide who is my new favorite. The Glaswegian lo-fi stomp of charismatic frontwoman Roz Davies and Miss The Occupier? Nancy FullForce, who remind me of Prison Bound-era Social Distortion with more horns and pop sensibility? Shenandoah Davis, who should make any Joanna Newsom fan flip her harp? Luckily we don’t have to choose, because they are all here on Operation Download: Mixin’ It Up. For free.