Friday, August 28, 2009

Aluminum Babe/17/Lucero Records

original article in The Aquarian

If Cibo Matto and Blonde Redhead took a lot of speed and dueled, Aluminum Babe would be what’s left of the wreckage. This NYC band blends together pop melodies with disco beats and a punk garage sound, which achieves one thing, being the perfect band for pseudo hipsters to flip their side parts to.

With their distorted synthesizers, sharp guitars, and looping samples of weird noises on their new album 17, everything comes across as dying cats. The lyrics usually consist of one word being repeated for most of the track and there are no real build-ups in the music, making it hard to tell the songs apart. Their first song ”Infatuation,” begins with a dance floor feel, but it quickly changes into a bad clusterfuck of high frequencies. Even when they calm things down on songs like “If You Like It,” the end result is irritating samples looping over singer Anna Liedberg’s falsetto voice.

17 is a great example of when bands try something new and overdo it. Aluminum Babe used to be a charming punk band with short simple songs and Liedberg, who is from Stockholm, was more likely to sing in French. Now they are trying to sound like Deerhoof with the addition of all these layered electronic tracks and allow their talent and allurement to get lost.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

rant time...

I hate it how all I see are digital cameras and phones when I go to shows. There's no other way to say it than how my friend did...

"How am I suppose to pretend it's 1984 with all this shit in the crowd?"

photo by Scott Ableman

admit it, you like them!

I really want to go see The Pet Shop Boys and dance my ass off. YOU SHOULD TOO!

Sept 1 Hammerstein, NYC
Sept 2 Hammerstein, NYC
Sept 6 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
photo by baldiri

Monday, August 10, 2009

Celebrating 75 Years!

Music Country in Cliffside Park, NJ will be celebrating their 75th anniversary on Friday Aug. 14 by having a little party with music.

If you're interested in records, tapes, CDs, comics, old memorabilia, they have a lot of great things in this store and the prices are pretty fair. The people who own it are extremely nice and the cat who is usually on the counter is sweet too.

728 Anderson Ave.
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

Come out and support one of the oldest independent record shops in NJ!

photo by: Michelle's House of Disco

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sorry... been busy!

I've been interning at THE AQUARIAN since June and have written some spotlights on artists... Most of them are shitty bands and I'm either being way too nice or being brutally honest.

check out some of my spotlights!