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The Presidents of the United States of America – The Presidents of the United States of America

Posted by David on April 8, 2010

The Presidents of the United States of America released their self-titled debut album in 1995 (that is fifteen years ago), and I heard various of the hit songs from it on and off from then until just recently, when I finally got around to acquiring the album itself. It is terribly, terribly fun: Infectious, upbeat rock (played, reportedly, on their signature “guitbass” and “basitar”), with lyrics about kitties, candy, strippers and various other things, ranging through puerile, adorable, playfully lewd and self-deprecating. The songs themselves are sharp, un-repetitive and catchy, with great, frenetic drumming and gnarly-sounding… guitbass, I guess. I think they were pretty well known, at least when this album came out, but having come across it now and thoroughly enjoyed all 38 minutes of it several times over, I feel compelled to recommend it.

One of the many, many songs in the world whose Weird Al parody was familiar to me long before I had ever heard the original.

I don’t know who else would write an entire song sincerely detailing how great peaches are.


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The Slew: Kid Koala rocks out

Posted by David on September 25, 2009

The SlewWhen I went to Kid Koala‘s show in July, I was surprised. I had come expecting to spend all night staring in awe at the screen showing the turntable while he worked his virtuosic magic on it, with the usual clever scratching tricks and quirky samples. Instead, right off the bat, we were blasted with a huge, thunderous, danceable beat that he kept up relentlessly, carrying on it all manner of heavy, distorted guitar samples. I didn’t get the sense that anyone in the crowd objected, and the virtuoso scratching still made a few jaw-dropping appearances.

It turns out that his most recent album — apparently a collaboration with another DJ, Dynomite D, which began as the soundtrack to a now-defunct movie project — reflects this stylistic change. I’ve been enjoying it immensely. In the past, I’ve liked his albums, found them humorous and a few of the songs quite catchy, but I’ve never listened to them all that much, thinking of them more as a novelty. But rather than a set of delicately chopped-up jazz melodies and goofy samples, this one is a more or less non-stop party of blasting rock and hip hop drums, bass and gnarly guitar, with his scratching accenting the melody rather than taking centre stage. It is eminently danceable.

As it turns out, the Most Adorable DJ is also the most generous: he’s put the album up for free download, so there is really no excuse for not giving it a listen. I recommend playing it as loud as is feasible for you.

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