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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

“Twisted Tongue” is an absolutely mind-blowing track from Woods, a fuzzed out pop band based in Brooklyn.  Pull away all the blown-out vocals, tape effects, and low-fi glory, and you’ve basically got a pop track as catchy and sweet as anything by the Archies. But, luckily, that stuff is there. So it’s okay to like it. Check it out at their MySpace, below.


As a bonus, here’s a video of the band performing it live, via local music show New York Noise.


TOUR DATES
Mar 15 2009 Howlers w/BLANK DOGS Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mar 16 2009 The Summit w/ BLANK DOGS, TIMES NEW VIKING Columbus, Ohio
Mar 17 2009 AV Aerie w/ BLANK DOGS Chicago, Illinois
Mar 18 2009 LOVE GARDEN SOUNDS w/ BLANK DOGS Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 19 2009 2908 Cole Street w/blank dogs Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 SXSW@Emo’s Jr. Austin, Texas
Mar 21 2009 SXSW @Ms Beas Austin, Texas


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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009
R&B's future? Or R&B parody?

The Dream wrote “Umbrella” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” so you know this guy knows how to write an R&B hit. He wrote this song for Electrik Red, and the song is OK, a bit ron-of-the-mill, but the vocal lines are pretty good and sound like a female version of the Dream (a very good thing). The video on the other hand is a bit over the top.


There’s a certain TLC-but-raunchier look going for Elektrik Red (under the eye paint, in press photos one of them wears a pirate-type eye patch). I guess they’re supposed to be bad girls or something? It’s like a hyper-realized R&B video, everything is exaggerated to the point of absurdity. When you get to the washroom-stall dance you’ll know what I mean. It caught my attention, so maybe that’s the lowest common denominator feel they were going for.



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Wednesday, Feb 11, 2009

Wavves is the lo-fi bedroom project of Nathan Daniel William. His upcoming release, Wavvves (with three Vs) has already been making, er, waves in the indie blog circuit. The artist has just made the rounds in NYC, performing at Brooklyn tastemaker Todd P venues over the weekend. Recorded on a 4-track in his San Diego apartment, “So Bored” gives us No Age-like skuzz with Beach Boy harmonies. See what all the Buzzz is about.


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“So Bored” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009
Move over White Stripes.

They may not be the most famous male-female roots rock duo in the world, but Dex Romweber and his sister Sara were pounding out stripped down blues and manic rockabilly when Jack and Meg were in middle school. Jack White has, in fact, publicly acknowledged Romweber as “a huge influence” calling “his songwriting, along with his love of classic American music from the south, be it rockabilly, country or R&B… one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground”. The two Romwebers—note they are actually brother and sister—have a new album out on Bloodshot on February 10th, called Ruins of Berlin. Three of its tracks are duets with a-list alt.twangers Neko Case, Exene Cervenka and Cat Powers, but the rest is just family, plus Southern Culture on the Skids’ Rick Miller. That’s the team for “Picture of You”, a heel-rocking, old-time strut through Eddie Cochrane territory, and “Lookout” whose bluegrassy licks might just catch fire from all the friction.


Dex Romweber Duo
“Picture of You” [MP3]
     


“Lookout” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009

Hot Panda, a new Canadian pop band, releases their debut today on Mint Records. Entitled Volcano… Bloody Volcano, it’s a dose of off-kilter, spastic pop. Case in point, check out “Cold Hands, Chapped Lips”. The boys have four SXSW appearances lined up so far (dates and times below).


Hot Panda
“Cold Hands, Chapped Lips” [MP3] from Volcano… Bloody Volcano [10 February]
     


SXSW APPEARANCES
March 18, 3 pm - Beauty Bar (Breakthru Radio Party)
March 19, 3 pm - Headhunters (Mint/Venus Magazine BBQ)
March 19, 4 pm - Room 710 (Pirate Promotions party)
March 21, 8 pm - Habanna Calle 6 (Mint Records Showcase)


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