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What follows is the story of the power technology can have on one little boy’s life.

The Technology:

Que Glowing Lights and Angelic Chorus

Cue Glowing Lights and Angelic Chorus

Imagine, if you will, a young, courageous boy, riding the T, reading a free daily (The Boston Phoenix ) while riding the T. While reading the music listings for the week to come, he sees– can it be? Yes! — that Mother Mother will be playing at TT the Bear’s Place the following night.

Boy:

"Gasp."

"Gasp."

“But wait!” Thinks the gallant young lad, “I wasn’t able to get into the last two concerts I attempted to attend, as I failed to procure tickets ahead of time!” Our hero had, of course, not brought his computer with him, and so began thinking what he could do to insure that a tragic three-peat did not occer.

And then he remembered he had his iPod Touch in his bag.

In one great leap, the lad catapulted himself to a place of assuredly free wi-fi internets: The Boston Public Library.

Majesty Incarnate.

Majesty Incarnate.

And then– well, let’s just say that the fair lad will be seeing Mother Mother at TT the Bear’s Place tomorrow night.

Boy:

The Man Pictured is a Metaphor for the iPod Touch.

The Man Pictured is a Metaphor for the iPod Touch.

That iPod was my iPod. That boy was me.

Technology– is there anything it can’t do?

(And by “Technology” I of course mean “Apple”)

Now, to be quite honest, I have liked Made in Bangladesh (MiB) for quite a while. It is worth noting that two of the members of this band are people I have known since I was about 6, and thus I have seen them play live more times then probably any other group of people on earth — these guys are rocks of the Albuquerque scene. That being said, as far as political ska-core/experimental punk goes, there aren’t a lot of bands I enjoy more.

Sir Sean "The Duke" P. Ward of MiB

Sir Sean "The Duke" P. Ward of MiB

The reason why I’m taking this particular moment to shill these guys is that a week or so ago, they released (finally) there first LP– and it just so happens to be pretty damn fabulous. It’s always a gamble to listen to the recording of a band you’re so familiar with live, and sometimes fairly disappointing, but “Earth is an Airplane” definitely delivers.

MiB doesn’t slip into the easy traps of bands of it’s type, resigning themselves to endless brassy break downs interspersed with power chords and screeching (though, of course, there is enough of that to go around). No, they are willing to do things just a little bit differently, like when they throw a little waltz into “VGB”, or the funky, synthy grooves of “Rocksteady Tango” and “Rise Up”.

So yes, not my usually indie rock/folk/electro-pop stuff, but good just the same. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back into the punk rock phase of your life (don’t be ashamed, don’t even try to be).

Check out their website for more of the ol’ info.

Kyle Johnson is a rock star.

Kyle Johnson is a rock star.

Welcome to the inaugural New Music Tuesday here on 21db! NMT is usually about reviewing new music releases, but that’s not what I’m particularly interested in. I consume a lot of music, and I intend to talk about what’s new to me. Any music that I have procured since the last NMT is up for consideration. Old, new, indie, underground, mainstream, local, free, it’s all good. And, really, I hope to introduce y’all to rad new tunes!

Without further ado, the first 21dB New Music Tuesday: Waxploitation‘s Causes 2 benefit album and St. Vincent‘s Marry Me.

Causes 2

Causes 2

I only know about Causes 2 because I love The Decemberists. Being an unabashed fanboy, I added myself to their mailing list not too long ago. In addition to the sweetness of ordering The Hazards of Love early, I enjoy the pleasant ramblings that enter my internet-box once a month or so. The most recent missive included a promo for Causes 2, as it contains a live rendition of After The Bomb. I checked out the set list, and decided that it was totally worth my 8.95 to check it out (LCD Soundsystem, Matthew Dear and RJD2 all help). And, oh yah, the money goes toward Doctors Without Borders, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam to aid in humanitarian efforts in Darfur. What’s not to like?

After giving it a couple of listens, it’s totally worth the money, but it’s not the greatest album I’ve ever heard. It’s about 1/3 totally rad, 1/3 good-but-unmemorable, and 1/3 really? like, for real? For the most electronica-influenced remixes and exclusive tracks, with some more world beat and indie-rockish stuff to spice it up.

My picks/new bands to check out: in addition to the aforementioned Decemberists (After the Bomb), Matthew Dear (When She Don’t Need Me) and RJD2 (Wherever), I will keeping an eye out for Black Moth Super Rainbow (Happy Melted City reminds me of the Samurai Champloo opening music) and Neon Neon (how can any dance track called I Lust U not rule?). I also like the My Morning Jacket Highly Suspicious Remix.

I recommend it if you’re into weird electronica-ish stuff AND/OR you want to feel good about yourself for making a largely symbolic effort to help Darfur. I will probably end up putting about half the album on my regular rotation, methinks.

St. Vincent - Marry Me

St. Vincent - Marry Me

Kyle: Can I borrow your car?

Me: Sure.

Kyle: Cool. I feel like I should give you a present to signify my gratitude.

Me: Yes, you should.

Next thing I know, there’s St. Vincent on my passenger seat. Well, not Annie Clark herself (St. Vincents street name), but a copy of Marry Me, which I believe is her debut album. The best way I can describe her sound is like a weird mashup of Jesca Hoop and My Brightest Diamond, but with not as polished of production. Don’t get me wrong, I really like her voice, and the album is very solid; I’m just a huge audio production nerd, and the recording quality of the CD I have is just not very high. That aside, I’ve given it a full listen-through about four times in less than two weeks, which is a good sign.

This album encompasses a wide variety of variations on a theme. That theme is, of course, “I got some pipes and really good music-writing abilities, don’t fuck with me”. My favorite track by far is Your Lips Are Red. Which sounds nothing like the rest of the album, but it gets me. Check it out:

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1. Take Me Out (Modern-Makes-My-Ass-Want-to-Move-Classic).

2. Auf Achse (I love Scots that speak Deutsch).

3. You know what? Just all of their self titled.

4. Ulysses.

5. Everything about Alex Kapranos.

6.The last two minutes of Lucid Dreams (Uhm, trip-hop break down?).

7. This:

8. The all around “Fuck You” to everyone who thinks they know what kind of band Franz is that constitutes all of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

9. The fact that all of these descriptions constitute their genre on wikipedia: Dance-punk, Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival, Art Rock and New Wave.

10. They’re just so darn Scottish.

If I may:

Yes, I know this video isn’t particularly new, nor is the single.

But goddamn, it’s just so good. One of those that I watched a few weeks ago (or whenever it came out), and for whatever reason I just keep coming back to it.

I want I want I want.

So, I am instituting a new tradition here at 21dB: Ten Things. Every week, I will compile a list (in no particular order) of ten things. Those ten things will all revolve around a common theme, that will change based on… well, whatever I feel like. This week: ten electronic songs on my “Recently Added” playlist.

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1. Pop Song – Starfucker

2. You Hear Colors – CFCF

3. So Bored (Wavves Cover) – Anamanaguchi

4. Let’s Get Ravey (Skream’s Remix) – Odawas

5. Please Don’t Touch (The Golden Filter Dub Mix) – Polly Scattergood

6. Dude You Feel Electrical – Shout Out Out Out Out

7. 6669 (I Don’t Know if You Know) – Neon Indian

8. Weak 4 Me – Nite Jewel

9. Blissout – Lemonade

10. Mr. No (Phaseone Remix) – Banjo or Freakout

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