Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Handsome Furs, Passion Pit

It’s been a while since I have written. I am still coming to terms with my writing style and what I think about it. I have decided to continue running with this and see how it goes.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs new album hit iTunes a few weeks ago and stores last Tuesday. It is a step in the right direction for the band, well that is to say it is a step in the direction they started. When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs released their debut, “Fever To Tell”, everyone was excited. Between the EP’s leading up to it and the album delivering on everything they promised, many of us felt as though we had a new darling, another album that you can go back to time and time again and never get tired of it. I’m not going to say that “It’s Blitz” is that good, because it’s not, but it is far closer to what we fell in love with than what we were given when “Show Your Bones” was released. Karen O has lost her most appealing while appalling feature. Her howl will always be the thing we fell in love with on “Fever to Tell”. The only way I can describe her voice on that album was the most beautiful nails on a chalk board. When she screams shivers run down every spine. I would have to say it is a close race between Karen O and Fionna Apple for the sexiest voices in contemporary rock music. All I ask from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs for their next album is this, scream Karen O scream.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Role

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dull Life

The Handsome Furs came out with their new album, “Face Control”, about two weeks ago. Handsome Furs is a husband and wife duo which includes Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade. The thing I love about this album is that it is one more album that proves how talented everyone in Wolf Parade is. Between Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug they have created four amazing bands in Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, and Handsome Furs. “face Control” is a fun album that keeps everything on the up and up, but sometimes feels out of place. Boeckner’s crooning voice doesn’t match the tone of the music as well as it did on their previous album, “Plague Park”. Maybe I should say the music doesn’t match his voice considering how much his wailing effects the tone of the music. This is an enjoyable album I just don’t think it matches up to the previous. Then again we are talking about a sophmore album, which historically is a tough endeavor.

Handsome Furs – Talking Arbat Blues

Handsome Furs – I’m Confused

A band I recently discovered and feel in love with pretty quickly is called Passion Pit. Passion Pit played at SXSW this year and was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast and immediately struck as something I had to get more of. Passion Pit was created when Michael Angelakos decided to make a Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend, this gift became a vehicle which earned him the opportunity to open for bands like Death Cab for Cutie, eventually leading to label attention, releasing an EP entitled “Chunk of Change” which includes the four albums he wrote for his girlfriend plus two additional tracks. A full length album is expected out sometime this year. Story aside, this is a phenomenal first outing. Everything is beautiful, uplifting, and fun. Very synth heavy, full of clap beats, and a captivating voice. I think it is good times and well worth a listen. If I were to create an analogy I would say it feels like Postal Service ran into LCD Soundsystem and caught a little bit of funk from The Neptunes. It’s hip hop at all but it definitely has more funk than most.

Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

Passion Pit – Live to Tell the Tale

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~ by Dar Man Hat Tan on April 8, 2009.

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