Jun 30, 2010

The State Lottery - When the Night Comes

1/4 from Detroit, and 3/4 from various other places, The State Lottery's latest album "When The Night Comes" is real good. It has a Titus Andronicus vibe (basically early Springsteen) and the yelped choruses and varied instrumentation make it a fun listen. It is bright, and urgent.

But really, you'll love the choruses.


p.s. They are on tour right now. You should check them out. They are predictably great live.

Jun 16, 2010

Hanoi Janes - Year of Panic

German lo-fi guys - Hanoi Janes.  It has almost twee instrumentation but the vocals are blown out, Jay Reatard style yelps. It turns out to be a great combination. They do enough different things to keep the record interesting, and their ear for a seemingly endless stretch of catchy melodies doesn't hurt one bit.
A one hundred dollar bill.