It List: Monday 6/12/06
1. Tapes N Tapes/ Figurines/ Cold War Kids (Gypsy Tea Room Tea Room): I know its Monday and everything, but you might want to get your rocks off while you can, because this appears to be the big show of the week. I'm going to go ahead and guess that the readers of this blog don't need an introduction to Tapes N Tapes, and probably don't want to read another blog post about how good they are. Thats cool, cuz I really don't feel like writing one, even though I should say that I have started to dig their record quite a bit, despite my initial skepticism. Moving on, The Figurines are one of those bands that make we wonder whether or not I'm supposed to like them. On the one hand, they are from Denmark, have a "the" in their name (sooo 2001), and kind of look cute and fashionable, which makes me feel ugly and behind the times. They're also friends with The Cribs on their Myspace page, which takes away some additional points. But shit, I got pretty hooked on their songs a few days ago during my pre-show download n listen, and I'll be damned if they aren't writing some of the best punk-influenced jangle pop on either side of the Atlantic right now. Come to think of it, they might be the only band that does what I just said in a way that doesn't suck. Think Buzzcocks if they had been friends with Wayne Coyne. And Cold War Kids, well... I'm just not that impressed with them. At first they reminded me of Maroon 5, and then of the French Kicks, and then Jeff Buckley in Strokes cover band, and then I pretty much gave up. In fairness, I suppose they are better than some of those bands, but I'm just too bored with stuff like this to really give a shit. Sorry. Based on the records, though, I think Tapes and Figurines will be well worth the ten bucks or whatever.
And for those that don't like paying for stuff, you can catch the Figurines at Good Records at 6. Give em a listen.