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    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Dave's Tasting Notes

    by: David Edscorn

    A look at what's new here at WASU.

    Black Mountain “The Hair Song”- Take some acoustic jangle, some 70’s rock muscle, and some nice male/female harmonies, and you’ve got this gem from Canada’s Black Mountain.

    Blonde Redhead “Here Sometimes”- Indie pioneers Blonde Redhead return with this slow-burner, lots of terrific electronics and haunting vocals to be found here.

    Crocodiles “Hearts of Love”- Classic noise-rock with a soaring chorus and infectious melodies. A bit of a surf-rock vibe inhabits this song from the San Diego band, making it perfect for late-summer/early-fall drives.

    Fake Problems “5678”- Florida’s alt-punk sons Fake Problems kick some tail on this banger, complete with vocal distortion, a sing-along chorus, and hand-claps.

    Grinderman “Worm Tamer”- Masters of a special brand of weird blues-rock, Grinderman return with this killer of a track. Lead singer Nick Cave (yes, THAT Nick Cave, normally found with The Bad Seeds) belts out every word like he’s Moses handing out some kind of twisted, vaguely evil version of the Ten Commandments.

    Lazerbeak “Dream Team”- You might know Lazerbeak as an important member of the Doomtree hip-hop collective, but this track is pure indie-rock. Piano, acoustic guitar, and actual singing make it an interesting highlight in this rap producers already impressive repertoire.

    Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s “New York City Hotel Blues”- The Indianapolis band’s newest features the impressive vocals you expect, with some new guitar chops and out-front percussion.