I could waste time writing a lengthy intro to this post on my NEW FAVORITE BAND, but I won’t. Except to say that they are really, really, cool. Yuck seems a bit of a contradictory name for a band that I find so delicious, but there ya go. Yuck is a North London import, and their self-titled debut album is the kind of record that can easily get put on repeat and define a season. If you are not yet convinced, I have provided a complementary list of 5 Reasons to Love Yuck.
1. Yuck combines nearly every musical style that’s been hot for the past year to make something totally different. You’ll hear vocals ranging from sweet harmonies to jangling, 90’s style, angst. The melodies layer piercing solos and fuzzed out guitars in a way that seems unrehearsed and fresh.
2. Frontman Daniel Blumberg is a redhead.
3. Their self-titled album is a mix of head shaking beats and slowed down tracks. Perfect for every mood.
4. They landed a spot on the BBC Sound of 2011 list, meaning they’ll probably (hopefully) hit it big soon enough. Be cooler than your friends and get the album now!
5. Their music videos are pretty neat, and perfectly capture the whole 90s-but-better vibe. Here’s one for Holing Out.
For whatever reason, rock has always been a man’s game. But women have done plenty for the music scene, and there are a few rock heroines for every generation.
For this decade, I nominate Karen O (née Orzolek) and Allison Mosshart.
Karen O is best known for fronting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Allison Mosshart came on the scene as one half of the Kills alongside Jamie Hince.
Karen O at Lolla 2007
Karen O is flamboyant, Allison’s gritty. They both have a large body of work, killer style, and great hair. They set trends. They outshine the boys. They don’t disappoint live. They’re both to-the-bone rock stars.
So who’s the best rock goddess? Karen O has better pipes, but Allison would win in a fight. Allison Mosshart is multitasking with Jack White, Karen O created a soundtrack for Spike Jonze. Does it really matter who’s better? Point is, they both flippin’ rock.
For your viewing pleasure, U.R.A. Fever by the Kills.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs performing at the Monolith Festival Fall 2009.
I realize the songs featured are not the most recent work put out by these ladies. And that the second video is not professionally shot and in no way official. BUT these vids do exemplify everything I adore about these women, and show their artistic styles pretty clearly.
I am generally a massive hater of celebrity kid fame and tween rap hooks, but Willow Smith’s new video is pretty bangin’. She’s easily got the most swagger of any 9-year-old I’ve ever seen, and I am absurdly jealous. NOT ONLY has she managed to outshine every other marginal-celebrity-turned-artist, she looks damn good doing it and she hasn’t even hit puberty.
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Starfucker is known for making delicious music that even the hippest hipsters want to dance to. Few bands use an electric drum kit, synthesizers, and after-school-special sweet harmonies as well as these guys.
And THANK HEAVEN their new 7-inch doesn’t disappoint.
Julius holds two gems that sound like what should be played (loudly) at a dance party for kids that grew up on The Neverending Story. Really.
This track is just amazing. AMAZING! Good covers are hard to find, and this one’s fab. Who knew that a 1970’s musical could be made soulful?
Some of us have never gotten over John Travolta’s pelvic thrusting. Some of us were forever changed by Olivia Newton John’s black satin pants. Some of us are just lovestruck and need some acoustic ear-lovin. Whatever your reasons, this track is great (if a little funny) and you can download it with the link below.