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Mar 212013

The Sharp ThingsThe great thing about being a collective is the breadth of talent you can incorporate into an eclectic sound. The flip side to that is you can come across incongruous and lacking focus. NYC chamber pop collective, The Sharp Things, walk a fine line between good band and interesting promo sampler.

The 99% need a theme, an anthem. I’ve been waiting for a resurgence of real punk rock; furious earsplitting guitar with whipsaw drums and lyrics that articulate the angst of the growing poor and disappearing middle class. There is a royal ass-fucking being had by all at the hands of an “elite” few working in fascist collusion with government. Debt is created to drive an insane war machine and make a small few mind-bogglingly wealthy while wiping out the rest of us. What was once a conspiracy theory is out in the open daring us to do anything about it. We need a rallying cry and although not punk, “Blame the Bankers” is the closest thing I’ve heard yet besides that Ron Paul song.

From there, TST move all over the place. “Here Comes the Maestro” is something like Power Station; an 80s power pop song. The sweet “Flowers for my Girl” has a bubblegum, 60s, Herman’s Hermits sound. TST puts a stamp on Green is Good with “Lights.” This was the first song I heard and it struck me with its “Eminence Front” meets Doves feel. And I don’t know why, but “Goodbye to Golders Green” sounds like a Dr. Feelgood era Crue power ballad played by The Replacements with a horn section. Make sense? I thought so.

Green is Good is drenched in keys, horns, strings, and vocal harmonies that expand the scope of traditional pop sounds. Every song may sound like a different band, but in a world with its iPod on shuffle it may be perfect.

Listen to Green is Good and Buy It!

Mar 042013

david_byrne-st._vincent-review_by_kisses_and_noiseThis came out of left field for me. I’m sure the union of David Byrne and St. Vincent got a lot of press but I didn’t see it. The idea of these two working together was enough for be to buy the record sight unseen (sound unheard?). This is a phenomenal collaboration. I can’t say much more than it sounds like exactly like what you’d think David Byrne and Annie Clark together would sound like; fun, funky, weird, slightly dark but in a playful way, progressive and rockin’. It’s haunting in it’s modest brilliance. I really could pick any song from Love This Giant and get your attention.


Dinner for Two” is a clear example of the two musical worlds colliding:

Listen to Dinner for Two

They trade lead singing duties on most of the songs coming together in harmonies and backing vocals. “Lazarus” is the only true duet:

Listen to Lazarus

Buy Love This Giant on iTunes. Do it!