Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Artist: The Hang Ups Album: s/t (but not a debut)
Label: Contact/Trampoline Rating: 3.75 out of 5*s

The Hang Ups is a pop band the Midwest, and their style and music is roughly comparable to PAS/CAL (whose EP is also currently on playlist). The Hang Ups are a bit more mellow than PAS/CAL's calculatedly HAPPY sound and are consqeuently better suited to most people's on-air music sets. Not to say, though, that this isn't fun as well. There is some genuinely catchy stuff here and some skillful music making and induce you to go "Hey -- Good Stuff!"
/Generally/ the later tracks are better than the first, I find.

Preferred track: the set 12/13/14/15 are all great and 2 and 9 also rock.
All tracks clean

Site: Here

Artist: Citizens Here and Abroad Album: Ghosts of Tables and Chairs
Label: Omnibus Rating: 4.00 out of 5*s

The debut album from a California (Bay Area) band. I'd call this album 'power pop': its heart is very firmly the same place as, oh say, Sodastream or PAS/CAL, to name two current playlist artists, but is very palpable rock influences. Most songs balance between fairly hard electric guitar riffs and sighing girl pop lyrics. A difficult act, but one pulled off successfully and really enjoyably. Possibly even with style.
It also avoids first album "We're not sure what kind of music we make" fluff: each song is true to the style and the album and a good listen.

Recommended tracks: 1,4 and 5
Play if you like: Stephen Malkmus, Grandaddy or Toronto's The Snitches
All Tracks are clean.

Site: Here

Monday, March 01, 2004

Artist: Franz Ferdinand Album: s/t
Label: Domino Rating: 4.5 *s out of 5

Now WXDU DJs, were you /good/ boys and girls and played the Franz Ferdinand EP, Darts of Pleasure? Cause if you were, here's a WHOLE ALBUM for you to enjoy!
Easily the most anticipated (by me) release of for of this winter (and probably Spring and Summer), Franz Ferdinand comes back with their first full-length. Spawned in the incredibly incestuous Glasgow scene (think Chapel Hill with a funny accent) this band come with a host of influences and is almost impossible to describe -- the Team Clermont blurb goes for a "mix of rock, pop, disco and post-punk"(?!), the band itself says their music is "for girls to dance to" and I just go for Good. Damn Good.
Their recent US tour -- brought on by their very sudden, very strong and utterly anticipated popularity came nowhere near here, but in the next several months they'll be back.
Insert disc in CD player. Pick any track. Prepare to shake yo' assets.

All tracks clean
Preferred tracks: 1,2!, 3, 5 and 8
Play if you like: The results of a strange transporter accident involving Gerty, Jett Rink, the Clash, David Bowie and Debbie Harry. *not to be takes a visual image*

Site: Here