(Interlude: Franz Ferdinand's "Michael" -- The Simon Bookish Version)
Now, that being said, The Dirty Projectors are not the most accessable band in the world -- but they are wicked-smart brilliant, and teetering on the fine line between uh, freak folk and outsider hip hop. Or something like that. And their live show is intense and fierce and incendiary -- we stumbled in on their SXSW set at Habana Calle 6 when we spotted a few members of Cue pressed up against the stage, rocking out. Wasn't exactly the kind of thing one can really come into in the middle of things and feel wholly comfortable about what's going on -- but it was still one of the most passionate and memorable sets I saw during the whole festival. Perhaps they're our new band in a petri dish -- will this much hype in such a small window of time have any affect on their popularity -- could The Dirty Projectors get kinda big?
My FTP server is totally acting up, so I'll just direct you to some interesting things I've spotted lately:
FannyPack, broken up, or not? Well, meet FannyPack lfrontwoman Cat's newest project, Holy Hail at 20 Jazz Funk Greats and This Big Stereo.
Dirty, naughty glam your thing? Check out The Hot One at Mars Needs Guitars
Never thought I'd say this -- that new Sam Champion demo doesn't suck -- I mean, it's kind of good. I mean, wasn't I supposed to not like this band? Weren't they all gross and Pavement-aping when we saw them last summer? Yes, yes they were -- but something happened. Something good, and now they're totally massaging the part of my brain that loves ... dirty swamp rock boogie?!?! I know, I know -- I should always listen to Chrissy, who's been trying to turn us on to Sam Champion for something like 2 years now! Take a listen at Gorilla vs. Bear. [Sidebar: So, is someone going to record a theme song for us, then? Oh wait, we already have one...]
Oh! I know what I wanted to tell you about -- two more from the UK -- guilty pleasure popgloss... Because clearly, it's about time someone came along the retro-revival pike who sounded like Jimmy Somerville! I know very little about The Delays other than that...
The Delays -- Valentine
This one from The Feeling borrows the very best things about Huey Lewis and the News' "Heart of Rock'n'Roll" and 75% of the ELO back catalog without being annoying about it in the slightest. I heard about The Feeling after reading an article in the Independent about a bajillion years ago -- and they've been secrety rocking my iTunes since then, because apparently they are extremely unhip and top-40. Oh whatevs to that, it was time to come clean.
The Feeling -- Love It When You Call
Now, then, dear Austin readers, hope to see you tonight at the Chain Drive -- it's free, and should be a total riot. I mean, we'll be inside a little room encased in chain link, so ... really, if that doesn't get you to come out, I don't know what will!
Tonight at Chain Drive, 504 Willow St.
(Just south of Cesar Chavez & Red River)
Teenage Symphony (Denton)
Plus, dj sets from The Rich Girls are Weeping's Cindy Hotpoint and Pinkie von Bloom
Show starts at 10-ish. No cover, no excuses!