PART 5: The Blakes
The eponymous album from this 3 man Seattle band is another great find for me and this little project. No gimmicks, just good music with nice variety between the songs, yet still maintaining cohesiveness.
In looking for some info on them, I came across a story in the Seattle Times about how well they’ve been doing and one part particularly stood out. Apparently, Iggy Pop heard the band at SXSW and asked, “Who’s this? This [stuff] is good!” I can’t say it much better, this stuff is good, and The Blakes are at 9 out of 10 ponchos on my must-see scale…maybe 9 1/2.
PART 6: Black Kids
I had heard their song “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” before on an indie mix I’d downloaded, and while I liked it right away, I didn’t have the urge to check out their whole album. I mean, it’s a fun song, but not very substantial, so I didn’t expect much from Wizard of Ahhhs.
The album turned out to have the same feel as that song, light, poppy, sing-song-y with a slight tendency to the annoying, in other words, it was pretty much just what I’d expected. The songs are fun and clever and it’s nice to listen to and maybe sing along with on the drive home from work, but not the sort of thing I can imagine myself listening to much unless a song comes up on shuffle. I’m going to give them 7 ponchos- I would like to see them, but not over many other bands that I also want to see there.
PART 7: Booka Shade
This German Duo electrohouse duo is another group that I had heard stuff from before but hadn’t gone so far as to get an album from. Movement is total chillout room music, at first listen I kept thinking Deep Forest with more bounce. When the schedule was released, I found it strange that they’re going to be on from 3:30-4:30p, as this is music I’d be more likely to listen to at sunrise, but for those to whom the time 10 minutes before the end of their set is meaningful, I guess their set time should be pretty perfect.
I give them 5 ponchos if I’m already feeling tired and don’t want to fall asleep, or 8 ponchos if I’m at the right level of awake and intoxicated to appreciate them.
PART 8: Brand New
I’m awful with genres, but according to their Wikipedia entry, Brand New is a a post-hardcore band. There are at least one or two songs off of The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me being played on Sirius’ Alt Nation channel and I thought they were decent enough tunes, so I was interested in checking out the album.
Lead vocalist Jesse Lacey has a great voice, very strong and earnest, and combined with good percussion and strong guitars it should be a decent album. However, while the music behind it all may be good, the lyrics are often juvenile and trite, and the album ends up slightly angsty with a touch of cheese. The song that really killed it for me was “Jesus”, with lines like, “Well, Jesus Christ, I’m alone again. So what did you do those three days you were dead? Cause this problem’s gonna last more than the weekend.” and “I know you’re coming for the people like me, but we all got wood and nails and turned out a hate factory.” Holy melodrama, Batman.
Overall, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is pretty easy to listen to, but even though I dig the music and the vocals, due to the cheese factor I’m gonna give them 5 ponchos.