We have a small public service announcement -- for our Austin readers, who we hope haven't abandoned us completely -- TRGAW superfriend Dot is looking for a new roommate stat for her gorgeous Hyde Park cottage. Party girls and boys need not apply -- she's looking for someone fun yet reliable. Might help if you like to cook, she's a real foodie. Check out the Craigslist ad if you think this might be a good situation for you.
In HIGH DEMAND today:
Beastie Boys -- Brass Monkey. This one's for Kathryn -- she knows why! The unofficial theme of TRGAW Global Headquarters, aka The Castle In Brooklyn. (info)
Winterkids -- Tape It. Oh man. Speaking of UK singles, I thought this offering from the UK's latest hateable next big thing (a gaggle of cute kids from Surrey) was going to blow. It doesn't. The Independent namechecked Pulp, but we hear a whole lot of Ned's Atomic Dustbin and The Wedding Present (and, after cruising Pinkie's record collection -- early stuff from The Dears and Pale Saints too -- it's the early/mid 90's all over again), which, you know, is kind of okay because no-one's done that kind of retro-revival yet. NME claims this will be scoring teen angst in aught-seven -- I agree. But -- do we give a shite about what ends up on "The OC" anymore? Paging Chop Shop Music Supervision -- here's one for you. And uh, I guess we'd best get in line now for their SXSW showcase, right? (MySpace)
The Wedding Present -- Venus. Re: above, exhibit A. (site)
Ned's Atomic Dustbin -- Flexible Head. Ibid, exhibit B. (info)
Pale Saints -- Sight of You. Ibid, exhibit C. (label site)
The Dears -- Nine Eight Two. Ibid, exhibit D. (site)
HAPPY NEW YEAR, we'll see you in the '07.
ETA: THE WINTERKIDS VIDEO. OMFG. So cute, and oh lord, we're totally dirty old ladies -- that darling sullen lead singer boy is tres adorable.