This’ll probably be the last one for a while, since money’s tight during the summer. Here goes!
Gogol Bordello– Trans-Continental Hustle
Nothing new here, but I mean that as a compliment. There’s nothing finer than a bunch of folks from different countries making music together, and even better when they’re a nonstop touring machine (if they’d just tour a little closer to Kentucky). It’s international folk-punk: good for all occasions.
If this suddenly got played anywhere, the indie kids would go nuts. The whole thing’s a bit of a play on the Rolling Stones country streak. If you like The Talking Heads, or Squeeze, or The Jesus and Mary Chain, this is something to pick up if you can find it. If not, then fuck off and go listen to Miley Cyrus. Preferably far away from me.
OK Go– Of the Blue Colour of the Sky
I know it’s awesome, but let’s forget about the video for a second.
Now, this is the record I’ve been waiting for. I saw them open for TMBG long ago, about a year before the first album. I was exited enough to get a couple of EPs, and about a year later their first album came out. It was…a little lighter than I expected. Oh No was getting there, but still felt like they were holding something back.
And finally, they’ve put out the music I felt from that show. It’s not perfect. It’s a little slick. But it’s got a lot of pull to it; some touches from Flaming Lips’ Soft Bulletin and some of the Pixies’ quieter songs. There are some danceable tracks (for the white girls), and at last a number of songs with some weight to them. Personally, I’d like to hear a slightly rougher record, something a little less studio-manufactured, but if that never happens I’m not gonna cry over it.
But for fuck’s sake, release this song already! (scroll down on the music player to #23)