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SNEAKPEEK, “Walk All Over Me”
I enjoy this kind of shoegaze – the kind blended with a little bit of face-melting guitar work – but I wonder if they could pick up the pace just a tad? Maybe it’s the amount of caffeine I’ve consumed in order to stay up all night in order to write this* or something, but there’s something about each of the four songs over at SNEAKPEEK’s Bandcamp that makes me think they would rock ten thousand times harder if they snuck just one extra beat in every minute. But, hey, they rock pretty well already. It’s not my band. Jeez, get off my back already.
The above track, “Walk All Over Me” is a bit of a monster. Simple riff, vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Breeders, and, as mentioned earlier, some screamin’ hot steel (that, honestly, came out of nowhere; did Ron Asheton get lost?). Hope to hear more like it on the upcoming EP.
*Uh … and do other things. I didn’t stay up all night just for eight sentences.
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The Young Rascals, “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long & Come On Up”
Okay, right off the bat I feel like I need to say that I think the Rascals are great. So let’s not have any arguments on what I’m about to say, because I mean it in the most positive way possible (which I know seems odd).
Watch this video, and tell me the guitarist and the tambourine player don’t look like complete jagoffs. For the first number, it’s mainly the guitarist. He’s all smiles and goofy faces, and it’s great.
But then, once they start “Come On Up,” tambo grabs a second skin, and goes off. I’ve never seen someone do what this guy does as a serious demonstration of ability, and basically, it’s the whole reason he’s in the band. He’s a professional dickhead.
Okay, like I said, I think this is awesome. I know basically every word I just used to describe these guys is most often thought of as negative, but I don’t mean any of the negative parts. They went all out with no regard for how completely silly they looked (or, I guess, would look in 50 years, since I imagine they didn’t look like a pair of horse’s asses in 1966 or whatever) and that’s great. And, above all else, they fucking rocked. Dino Danelli on the drums blew my mind. Why is nobody freaking out over how nasty that guy is? He’s like Keith Moon and Mitch Mitchell’s weird buttbaby.
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The Downliners Sect, “Now She’s Dead”
This is one of the weirdest songs I’ve ever heard. It’s so oddly dark in a way that I don’t think will ever happen again. I can’t imagine a mindset where you want to write a seemingly upbeat ’60s rock ballad, one that sounds like they would sing it with smiles on their faces if they were performing it on TV, but with lyrics like this. And those vocals, of course, are both haunting and goofy at the same time.
Just another reason to be a Sect Maniac.
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Battles, “My Machines”
So this new Battles video is pretty great, right? Four minutes of a guy falling down an escalator - how could it not be?
I will say I am a little bummed that it looks like it’s not all one take, but I guess the guy might actually die if he had to really keep falling down a flight of grooved steel steps like that for that long, and they made it better with their editing and effects magic, so, fine then.
Song’s pretty great too, and the video really uses it well, especially toward the end of the video. The power! You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.
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Fucked Up, “Queen of Hearts”
I hate to be all “new media marketing” right now, but this is an awesome video. Making a music video for the web … you don’t really need to have the song in it at all, do you? That can easily be found through other means. The best way to get people interested is something like this, something that takes the song and does something creative of its own right with it. People get interested in the video because the video’s interesting. You don’t necessarily need to be out for new sounds - it’s just a good idea for a short video. But it makes use of the song in a new way, so if you are a person more interested in music than your average YouTube jerkoff, you’ll find something rewarding here too. Real well done.
Ahh, shut up, me. Anyway, I don’t see how anything could beat David Comes to Life for record of the year. I can’t stop playing this thing.
Here’s another video (“The Other Shoe”), not interesting in the same way as the one above, but it’s five minutes of some of my favorite sound ever. So, that’s pretty interesting (to me).
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This week’s episode of the podcast, punk rockers and rock’n’rollers playin’ and singin’ the blues. And, y’know, killin’ it.
Press play, or you’re next.
In case you missed it, check out the first episode: An Uncontrollable Urge Goes Surfin’, which went up last week. The show’s in iTunes now, so subscribe to it there, or use this handy RSS feed, if iTunes ain’t yer thing.
Playlist after the jump. Now jump!
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Update (6/2/11 5:18 p.m.): It’s in iTunes. Subscribe to that shit right here.
Things have been a bit slow-going here in An Uncontrollable Urge-territory. Let’s try and change that, how about? Here’s the first episode of a new podcast. Some day in the distant future, there will be a wide range of shows in the feed, not just music, so you’ve been warned. But for now, music it is.
Episode 1 is all surf music, in honor of it being hot and sweaty in New York for the past week or so, perfect conditions (I imagine) for hittin’ some waves, if one was so inclined. Episode 2 will not be surf, but there will be more of that to come.
Listen to the episode here, subscribe to the podcast with this feed, or find it in iTunes (soon, hopefully). Whatever!
Playlist after the jump, sucka.
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