Welcome back homies! As promised, today I’ll be including a few of the artists and albums that didn’t make it into yesterday’s New Music Tuesday. If any of you were wondering, St. Vincent and Katy B ended up winning the battle for my ears’ attention. I know this news will help you sleep more peacefully tonight.
File Under: Down-tempo, smoky, sensual trance From: Canada For Fans of: Sneaker Pimps, Imogean Heap, Goldfrapp, a less experimental St. Vincent, bands playing at Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s favorite cafe/bar, smoking and drinking coffee as a meal substitute, Massive Attack, Martina Topley-Bird. Bonus: Since I missed out on posting about her album, Hush, yesterday, I’m making up for it today! So far I’m really digging it. It’s got some jazzy elements but is driven by trance and the seductive power of Jenn’s voice. Stream the album over at Spinner.
File Under: Rockabilly, blues rock from a bygone era From: London For Fans of: Bobby Darin & The Rinky-Dinks, The Coasters, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, pompadours, Elvis, bobby socks, Cry Baby (the Jon Waters film), pulp fiction (the books and aesthetics, not the film), La Bamba, antique malls, Gonzo journalism. Bonus: These youngsters like keeping it so old school – they don’t use any computers in their recording process. To add to the sweetness, they’re siblings. Look out for their fantastic album, Smoking in Heaven, to come out this October.
File Under: Dance R&B, new wave disco From: Australia For Fans of: Deluka, Groove Armada, Lovers Electric, metallic colors, crazy runway fashion, dramatic romance movies from the ’90s, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Grace Jones, Studio 54, getting dressed up to go dancing, Armani ad campaigns, vodka & soda. Bonus: I’ll have to go back and listen but apparently the group collaborated with Jay-Z & Kanye for their album, Watch the Throne.
File Under: Dramatic rock, punk, new wave From: San Francisco For Fans of: The Gits, The Runaways, Tool, Sleater-Kinney, roller derby girls, 60’s sci-fi movies, Pretty Girls Make Graves, in some ways Warpaint, dying your hair different colors of the rainbow, jeans with holes in them (maybe even the crotch, but you don’t care, you’re not even going to sew them up!), getting dressed up for Halloween but opting for the non-slutty option and going for the scary/gory instead. Bonus: Thanks to AE reader Amy for the introduction! The quartet is all queer and all cute! Their live shows promise unusual percussion elements like sheet metal and bike frames
File Under: Moody, angsty experimental singer-songwriter From: France For Fans of: PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me,” a much darker Placebo, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Death in June, Marilyn Manson toned down and stripped down (instrumentally), tortured artists, rainy days, displays of art that correspond to the suffering of people/nations. Bonus: She’s got an album coming out in a couple weeks and I’m psyched to say she reads AfterEllen!
We’ve made it to the end again! Don’t fret, I’ll be back next week with five more acts to check out. If you’re feeling feisty, consider watching the premiere of America’s Next Top Model tonight. I’ll be watching, recapping and smizing the hell out of my evening. If not, you can always follow me on Twitter!