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Vampire Weekend by quickfixx
July 10, 2008, 9:53 am
Filed under: Indie, Music, Pop | Tags: , ,

If you listen to much indie rock, Vampire Weekend are probably old news. Thanks to good press and a bunch of songs available online — an early version of this album surfaced in September — the New York quartet became one of 2007’s most buzzed-about new bands. They’re four ex-Columbia University students with a suave sound that incorporates ska, New Wave and Afro-pop — interesting enough for listeners looking for variation among their buzz bands, though not nearly as interesting as some press would suggest. On their debut, Vampire Weekend mostly earn points the old-fashioned way: by writing likable songs you’ll be glad to revisit next month. Continue reading

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Black Kids – Partie Traumatic by quickfixx
July 9, 2008, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Indie, Music, Pop | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

To look at them, you wouldn’t think Black Kids had it in them to make a record like ‘Partie Traumatic’. The Floridian five-piece certainly don’t appear to be copulation-crazed masters of rolled-up jacket-sleeve pop. Plus, they look like the last people on Earth who’d want to get within gagging distance of Robert Smith’s hairspray fumes, what with their geeky indie kid smiles and colourful garms. Yet, if they’re to overcome the maelstrom of hype they’ve generated from the word go, they’re going to have to subvert a few preconceptions. ‘Partie Traumatic’ (released, not by one of the numerous major labels that rucked for their signatures, but by the band themselves) certainly does that, and here’s another one: if you thought this debut, like so many that have set the blogosphere abuzz in recent years, was doomed to disappoint, well, think again.
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