Top Ten Stuff 'n' Things - 8/06/07
This week, I promise, no "Chocolate Rain" in the Top Ten, no Darth Vader remixes of "Chocolate Rain," no versions of "Chocolate Rain" sung by McGruff the Crime Dog, no mashups of "Chocolate Rain" and Coldplay. See how easy that was? 10. Hard-Fi ? "Suburban Knights" (from Once Upon a Time in the West, out 9/3 in the UK, US release date TBD) (video...
This week, I promise, no "Chocolate Rain" in the Top Ten, no Darth Vader remixes of "Chocolate Rain," no versions of "Chocolate Rain" sung by McGruff the Crime Dog, no mashups of "Chocolate Rain" and Coldplay. See how easy that was?
10. Hard-Fi "Suburban Knights" (from Once Upon a Time in the West, out 9/3 in the UK, US release date TBD)
(video on YouTube, stream at MySpace)
So, we established the cover art is silly, but it turns out the music isn't bad at all. With its jaunty ska-inflected rhythm and sing-along background vocals ("Hey-ey-ey! Ho-oh-oh!"), it's even more raucous than "Hard to Beat," the high point on the UK combo's 2005 debut.
9. Brother and Sister "Awesome With My Life" video (or, listen without video on their MySpace)
Minneapolis duo Michael and Katie Gaughan (yes, actual bro and sis) make a joyful noise, and apparently are famous around the Cities for unconventional concerts at aquatic parks and jails. Like a kid-friendly "Take the Skinheads Bowling" or "Bitchin' Camaro" for a new generation, this track makes me want to, well, do something awesome with my life. Anybody got any idea how to do that?
8. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings "100 Days 100 Nights"
(listen on their MySpace here)
Half the fun of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" is the precise backing band, and it turns out they do their own thing too. The Brooklyn combo's horn-based R&B is definitely retro, but somehow it still feels fresh. The record release party is October 2nd at the Apollo in Harlem, how awesome will that be?
7. Architecture in Helsinki "Heart it Races" (from Places Like This, out August 21st on Polyvinyl)
(mp3 via Hate Something Beautiful)
This Melbourne, Australia combo gained an extensive blog following with their quirky 2005 sophomore release, In Case We Die; they've since shed a couple members, and their new sound is a little more focused (and, weirdly, a lot like M.I.A.'s "Galang").
6. Feist "My Moon My Man" (from The Reminder on Interscope)
(listen at her MySpace)
Party Ben: a little slow on the uptake with this one. The first single, "1234," was nice enough, but put me off with its Gap-ad-reminiscent video; ironically enough, it took an inescapable cell phone commercial to remind me of this song's hypnotic vocals and shiver-inducing guitar line. Call me a flip-flopper.