no, this is not a love song
Think About Life's self-titled debut LP (due out May 2) gets my award for the best album artwork I've seen this year. Pop-art gone awry, littered with pictures of kitties, school buses, girls in bikinis, and Lew Alcindor. Basically, all of my favorite things.
The band, who was tapped by Wolf Parade to open their fall '05 tour, veers back and forth between energetic chaos and catchy, surprisingly emotive noise-pop. At first listen, I almost wrote this band off as "not my thing", but the more I listen to this record, the more I like it. In fact, you could say I'm a little blown away. Plus, there's a song called "Slow Motion Slam Dunk from the Free Throw Line".
This track features L.A. rapper Subtitle, who you might remember (or maybe not) from his work with The Unicorns hip-hop side project, Th' Corn Gangg. Seems like a strange pairing at first, but I cannot get enough of this song. Highly recommended:
Think About Life What the Future Might Be (feat. Subtitle)
Purchase the cd from Alien8 Recordings. Well, not yet, but soon.
YANP-approved band Bishop Allen continues their EP-a-month pace, and the March EP (purchase) is, by all accounts, the best one yet. This song has been in heavy rotation on the gorilla vs. bear iTunes playlist for the last few days:
Bishop Allen The Monitor mp3
Here's a track from Voxtrot's KEXP performance (thanks Greg). Get the rest of their set, including a Talking Heads cover, over at MOKB:
Voxtrot Soft & Warm (live on KEXP) mp3