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The B-52sEven in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late '70s, the B-52's' eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop culture -- bad hairdos, sci-fi nightmares, dance crazes, pastels, and anything else that sprung into their minds -- to a skewed fusion of pop, surf, avant-garde, amateurish punk, and white funk. On paper, it sounds like a cerebral exercise, but it played like a party.
The jerky, angular funk was irresistibly danceable, winning over listeners dubious of Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson's high-pitched, shrill close harmonies and Fred Schneider's campy, flamboyant vocalizing, pitched halfway between singing and speaking. It's all great fun, but it wouldn't have resonated throughout the years if the group hadn't written such incredibly infectious, memorable tunes as Planet Claire, Dance This Mess Around, and, of course, their signature tune, Rock Lobster. These songs illustrated that the B-52's' adoration of camp culture wasn't simply affectation -- it was a world view capable of turning out brilliant pop singles and, in turn, influencing mainstream pop culture. It's difficult to imagine the endless kitschy retro fads of the '80s and '90s without the B-52's pointing the way, but The B-52's isn't simply an historic artifact -- it's a hell of a good time.1. Planet Claire
2. 52 Girls
3. Dance This Mess Around
4. Rock Lobster
6. There's a Moon in the Sky (Called the Moon)
7. Hero Worship
9. Downtown$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dance This Mess Around (Best Of)
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Limited Edition Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Red Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
The Best of the B-52's: Dance This Mess Around is an excellent summation of the group's late-'70s/early-'80s heyday, featuring such staples as Wig, Give Me Back My Man, Song For A Future Generation, 52 Girls, Private Idaho, Strobe Light, Devil in My Car, Planet Claire and Rock Lobster.
It is arguably the best compilation of the group's work. Dance This Mess Around is a first-rate survey of the band's best (and most groundbreaking) years.1. Party Out Of Bounds
2. Devil In My Car
3. Dirty Back Road
6. Rock Lobster
7. Strobe Light
8. Give Me Back My Man
9. Song For A Future Generation
10. Planet Claire
11. 52 Girls
12. Private Idaho$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LP2: RemasteredOriginally formed in Seattle in 1992, Sunny Day Real Estate featured Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith (drums), Dan Hoerner (guitar,vocals) and Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar). Following the completion of a U.S. Tour to support Diary, the band's debut album, the group headed back into the studio with Wood to record the follow-up. But during the recording sessions, internal tensions splintered Sunny Day Real Estate, resulting in a sudden break-up and the finished album being turned in to Sub Pop without a title or artwork. LP2 was released in November of 1995, by which time both Goldsmith and Mendel had joined Foo Fighters and Enigk had begun a solo career.
Sub Pop Records will re-issue both Diary and the band's second full-length album, commonly known as LP2 (or The Pink Album for its entirely pink cover). Both re-mastered albums will include rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes.
Following a more than 10 year hiatus, all four original members of pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will regroup for a 20-date US tour starting September, 2009.1. Friday
2. Theo B
3. Red Elephant
9. Rodeo Jones
10. Spade and Parade (bonus track)
11. The Crow (bonus track)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Vertical MindFred Schneider of the B-52's new project the Superions are a nonstop disco new wave party explosion for all generations.
Since their Christmas record a couple of years back, pop dadaists Fred Schneider & The Superions have been roaming through their apartment, looking for the next party. Fred writes the words and sings the songs. Noah and Dan make the music.Blame it on the wine. Blame it on Orlando, Florida. The Superions go where no one else dares to go--into the silly, the ridiculous, the fun, the insane.1. The Veritcal Mind
3. Glitter Gulch
4. AlbĂłndigas (Meatball Ole!)
5. Sleeping Booty
6. Stampede At The Petting Zoo
7. When The Dingoes Ate The Babies
8. Passport Waller Cellphone
9. Strip Search
10. Kiss Me To Heaven
11. (Underpants) In The Rain
12. Savage Kiss$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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The New Sound Of Numbers is an experimental post-punk band based in Athens, Georgia. It is fronted by Hannah Jones on 12 string electric guitar and features members of Pylon and The Olivia Tremor Control.
Their album Invisible Magnetic is the follow up to Liberty Seeds, their debut album which as released in 2006 through Cloud Recordings.
The new album has a more celebratory feel than the first, and the driving rhythms and layered percussion lend themselves to both a sense of urgency and instant danceability. Violin, clarinet, melodica, synth, and trumpet beautifully interplay throughout the songs and occasionally take a turn towards music concrete while also bolstering the upbeat feel of the songs.
The Rhythms of Invisible Magnetic are even more tribal, with an African influence, than those of Liberty Seeds, whose songs were described by Electrelane's Mia Clarke in a review for Wire magazine as giving a nod to the Slits and Lizzie Mercier Descloux.
The New Sound Of Numbers can be placed categorically alongside fellow Athenians Pylon and the B-52's.1. Invisible Magnetic
3. New Dance
4. Patterns In A Test Tube
5. Energy Plan
6. Like Children Do
7. Green Wind
9. Turn Around
10. Redirect The Current
12. Seed Pot Riot
13. Juju Missive
14. Galaxies$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Venus On Earth (Out Of Stock)Three albums in the novelty has worn off, but Dengue Fever has smartly chosen to keep evolving. While that means their unquestionably unique offering no longer startles, it's no less riveting -- Venus on Earth is at once the band's most accessible and most varied release.
A recap: when first heard from in 2003 on their self-titled debut, Dengue Fever was like no other band, a bunch of L.A. hipsters fronted by a Cambodian-born woman, Chhom Nimol, who paid homage to that Asian nation's pre-Pol Pot cheesy psychedelic-cum-lounge-surf-garage pop sound of the '60s/early '70s, music obscure enough that only a tiny handful of Americans could honestly claim to have known the first thing about it -- certainly, the source material spun outside of the orbit of the so-called core world music audience.
By the second album, 2005's Escape from Dragon House, Dengue Fever had tossed in a few more disparate elements, and with Nimol's high-range vocals riding atop this internationalist admixture and a basic alt-rock sensibility as a guiding force (minus the faux alt-rock attitude), Dengue Fever attracted an audience and garnered critical praise. For Venus on Earth, the mainstream beckons, or comes as close to beckoning as it's ever going to for a band as non-mainstream as Dengue Fever.
Nimol's vocals are as beguiling as ever, Ethan Holtzman's Farfisa organ still swirls, Zac Holtzman's guitars still chime and chunk, and Paul Dreux Smith's drums clang happily along. With horns provided by David Ralicke and bass from Senon Gaius Williams, Dengue Fever has softened some of the rougher edges, injected some serious soul, and added more swing to their thing. Oceans of Venus could be an outtake from the first B-52's album, Clipped Wings a lost Blondie tune, and Woman in the Shoes is just one of the most cuddly pop songs in ages. The groovelicious Nimol-Zac Holtzman duet Tiger Phone Card, a tale of a long distance Phnom Penh-NYC romance, is the pop smash Yoko Ono might have had in an alternate universe.
Drenched in reverb, soaked in sweat, marinated in some phantom historical moment yet tethered to the now, Dengue Fever is more innovative and resourceful than 99-percent of the bands that receive 99 times the publicity.
- Jeff Tamarkin (All Music Guide)1. Seeing Hands
2. Clipped Wings
3. Tiger Phone Card
4. Woman in the Shoes
5. Sober Driver
6. Monsoon of Perfume
8. Oceans of Venus
9. Laugh Track
10. Tooth and Nail
11. Mr. Orange$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock