Music 2008: Early Excitement

January 23, 2008

Stuff I’m excited about right now:

HOT CHIP – MADE IN THE DARK

I’ve got a watermarked, lo-quality version of this, which is utter crap for getting down in my bedroom, but it’s still intriguing. The first single “Ready for the Floor” is aptly titled, and makes me wish there were dance clubs in Ann Arbor that played stuff like this. Then I wouldn’t have to drink to have a good time. It would be much cheaper.

DESTROYER – TROUBLE IN DREAMS

Yeah so some of this is still the “meh” samey crap that Dan Bejar puts out (I mean, seriously, Rubies sounds like one long song after track 3) but the high points here are just so epic. See: “Dark Leaves from a Thread” (the ending here is insane); “My Favorite Year” (it’s got that BSS/Arcade Fire epic quality); “Shooting Rockets” (just hide your knives); “Libby’s First Sunrise” (mega closer).

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DIZZEE RASCAL F./CALVIN HARRIS – “DANCE FOR ME”

An official, clean version of this hasn’t leaked yet, so I’m getting by with a shortened, crappy version, and it’s still gotten a ton of plays. Calvin Harris’ beat here is awesome, not in a weird indie way, but in a Justin Timberlake way. It’s just ridiculous.  Supposedly it’s part of a multi-track collaboration which could be pretty awesome based on this.

ALL POINTS WEST FESTIVAL

When you see how laughably bad the Coachella 2008 lineup is, you have to believe Goldenvoice is sandbagging for the E. Coast version of the festival. Supposedly the headliners are Radiohead … and Jack Johnson. Whatever. I’ll go for Radiohead.

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