MEN is a side project of two members of Le Tigre, a band I know very little of, so my initial excitement at their existence was minimal at best. Then I heard their music. What!? Its not everyday you stumble across lyrics like “I’ve gotta fuck my best, to get a little tiny baby,” especially not layered over super-danceable synth grooves like these. The aforementioned lyrics are actually from “Credit Card Babie$,” a fantastic song I wont post here, but will let you have the pleasure of getting over at Ohh Crapp… (where I discovered MEN). Both “Credit Card Babie$” and “Off Our Backs” are highly danceable, vulgarity filled, metaphor packed, groove jams that is what I imagine Peaches should sound like, considering her overblown popularity. I seriously hope this mostly female group (go figure) blows up in the best way a band of their ilk can. Oh wait, they don’t just write super fun fuck dance songs?
On the heels of “Credit Card Babie$” and “Off Our Backs,” it’s hard to believe “Simultaneously” is by the same group. It a 6 and a half minute bundle of tense rhythm and beautifully layered beats that could make you dance or cry. Definitely more talent than your typical group of Men.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/menpromo.jpg542443Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-20 23:44:052015-03-01 14:18:22MEN urge us to get Off Our Backs. Simultaneously.
Awww man, this song definitely wins the award for most-stuck-in-my-head over the past 13 years. “Who sucked out the feeeeeelleeeen!?!” My college hallmates were often subjetced to random a capella renditions of the chorus in my angelic shriek. I think most of them didn’t even know the song. Now we can finally rememdy that. For them, and for you too.
I caught this track off of Music For Ants a few weeks ago and its been growing on me more and more. Anni Rossi is some kind of viola virtuoso and crafts light yet slightly haunting little ditties that remind me of the awesome Regina Spektor. “Machine” is the perfect soundtrack to the kind of lazy Saturday I’m having over here. I’ll also throw in her cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Not sure what to think of it but it’s interesting nonetheless. I like the way she sings “weirdo.” Her debut LP Rockwell is out now.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/anni-rossi.jpg800800Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-18 18:55:312009-04-19 21:13:11Anni Rossi and the infectious Machine
It’s the weekend, baby! Time to kick off your shoes and straight chill for a minute. What better way to celebrate the warming weather than with a pooooool party! Get that pasty ass outside and throw some sun on it. Throw this track on while you are at it. Australia’s Shazam has crafted the perfect peace of sunny day disco-pop for eating grilled wieners and pushing people in the pool. He also left out any lyrics so as to not make you think too hard. Thanks bro! Hey, last one in the pool has to clean the grill!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/shazam.jpg500500Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-17 21:30:522009-04-18 18:19:51Shazam invites you to his Pool Party 2009
This track takes a full minute to get anywhere but when it starts, oh it starts. Bike For Three! is a collaboration between Canadian rapper Richard Terfry (Buck 65) and Belgian electro-babe Greetings From Tuskan (JoÃ«lle Phuong Minh LÃª). The two do their business Postal Service style with trans-atlantic delivery acting as the bands third member. JoÃ«lle crafts the tunes and sends them to Richard who writes his rhymes to fit. Throw on the fact that they have never actually met and you have got one of those odd backstories that makes you hope these guys blow up just so you can drop some knowledge on your indie friends at the next summer BBQ. Bike For Three! have only laid one track on the world but this makes me stoked for more. Hopefully we wont have to wait until the May release date of their LP More Heart Than Brains.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/bikeforthree.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-17 18:45:482009-04-17 21:29:47Bike For Three say All There Is To Say About Love(ing this song)
The red haired vixen above is one half of English synth-duo La Roux, who you may remember them from the Heads Up ’09 mix. Since then they dropped the fantastic “In For The Kill” and now they have got two more out in the etherwebs. I am really digging “Bulletproof,” not only for its bouncy synth magic, but it feels like Elly is having a lot more fun than on previous tracks. She’s flame-haired, self empowered and ready to take world by storm. Thats hot. So is this.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2009/04/laroux.jpg500446Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-16 19:18:442009-04-18 18:18:50La Roux is looking more and more Bulletproof
Ok, so I am having a dilemma here. I came home tonight to find this new Chiddy Bang track in my inbox and you know I got love for these guys but after their last track I am wary. I want nothing more than to sing these guys’ praises and site their MGMT sample as a lapse in judgement but I feel like this is an even further step backwards. Besides the fact that the tune is kind of a snoozer, it cops the original’s title (again). It’s like Chiddy Bang read all the praise for their killer Radiohead sampling track “Because” and decided to exclusively sample blog-hause faves. What happened to the originality that melted my mind on “Fresh Like Us” and “Sooner or Later”? Guys, you’re killin me. Please let me wake up tomorrow and not find PMAcreaming over this track like they do over so much overblown blog filler. What happened to standards? I’m just worried we’re not staying authentic.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.png00Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2009-04-16 04:15:572009-04-16 04:16:28Chiddy Bang's quality is like Day n' Nite
Daniel Merriweather is an Australian bloke who has collaborated with Mark Ronson (Samantha’s bro) and Wiley (Dizzee Rascal’s mentor) as well as opened for Justin Timberlake and Kanye. This track off his upcoming LP Love & War sees him bringing Wale on board for a fantastic combination of soul and swagger. The twoother tracks I have heard didn’t leave a big impression but this one makes me want to buy a convertible. Love & War comes out May 25th but in the meantime wrap your senses around this great guest spot on Wiley’s “Cash In My Pocket.” Don’t miss the fantastic video.