Friday, November 30, 2007

Songs I can’t get out of my head: Vol. 4

MIA takes her best shot

Black Kids
I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You

If there’s one reason this Jacksonville, FL group is raising industry eyebrows it’s this song off their 4-song EP (which you can snag for free from If there’s a second reason, it is of course the band’s name, for obvious reasons of political correctness.

Pitchfork cited the Go Team! and Arcade Fire as points of comparison in their record review – and that’s a dead-on assessment – perhaps with a little bit of Of Montreal-style lyricism thrown in for good measure (particularly on the track “I’ve Underestimated My Charm Again”).

MIA Paper Planes

A bonus track on MIA’s new disc “Kala,” this seems like a laid-back psychedelic groove – until the faux gunshots and clinking cash register chime in. It’s a track you want to chill out to, but to which you can’t relax.

Sea Wolf The Cold, The Dark & The Silence

A mellow ode to a lonely evening, the verbal imagery in this track is strong enough to feel. Don’t be surprised if you think a lot about water rushing through your lungs afterward.

White Williams New Violence

After an intense (and sweaty) tour with Girl Talk and Dan Deacon, White Williams is headlining a tour of his own – brining his unique brand of electro-dance-pop and scraggly-drawn Demetri Martin-ish visuals. This track showcases his Beck-like tendencies.

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