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Ga Ga: TV On The Radio’s New Album Dear Science

New York band TV On The Radio releases their new album Dear Science on September 23rd and conjures up an ecclectic mix of upbeat electronic tracks that happily reminds Blindie of some our favorite songs of the 80s and another indie band we’re ga ga over.

Marking their third album in just four years and the second with Interscope Records, TVOTR’s David Sitek told Rolling Stone “with this record, we faded out the question mark and faded in the exclamation point.” And what does that mean? Less of the moody songs that were featured on their previous album Return To Cookie Mountain and more danceable, energetic songs.

Bandmembers Tunde Adebimpe, David Sitek, Kype Malone, Jaleel Bunton and Gerard Smith kicked around numerous odd and quirky names for the album like Black Versus French Fries in the Battle For The Delicious Universe and Thick as Chicken Feed before settling on the even stranger Dear Science.

Blindie is ga ga for TVOTR and their deja vu tracks: Dancing Choose that spews rapid-fire social commentary like R.E.M.s It’s The End Of The World As We Know It; Halfway Home whicih has a “bah bah bah bah” homage to the Ramone’s I Wanna Be Sedated; and Golden Age with a bassline that’s startlingly similar to our other ga ga band Black KidsHurricane Jane.

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Reviews Are Out for Black Kids’ Partie Traumatic

With their latest release Partie Traumatic out Tuesday, Black Kids are nabbing overwhelmingly positive pop-slanted reviews for their highly-anticipated debut. Here’s a few reviews we dug up on the Florida-based, interracial band we’ve been ga ga over for months:

Village Voice:

As far as eagerly anticipated debuts go, Partie Traumatic is loose and unforced in its extreme eagerness to please. The Kids make no attempts to edit groaner lyrics or hide their obsession with melody. If they worked at Dunkin’ Donuts, they’d fill the jelly ones until they exploded.That pop enthusiasm inspires some unusual new-wave references.

Rolling Stone:

Rerecorded versions of “Boyfriend” and other songs from the band’s 2007 EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, make up the best moments of their sugary debut LP — which is a tad worrying. But with Brit-pop vet Bernard Butler behind the decks, these Floridians still toss out an impressive 10-song party grenade


Delivering bright, flat Pop Art surfaces to complement the dark, bumpy depths of their debut album, Partie Traumatic, Black Kids look and sound like a biracial Archies the cartoon act that scored 1969’s bubblegum milestone “Sugar, Sugar” right down to keyboardists Ali’s and Dawn Watley’s brunette and blonde hairdos

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Ga Ga: Black Kids’ New Album Out July 22

Black Kids’ highly-anticipated debut LP, Partie Traumatic, will be out on Tuesday, and the Jacksonville-based band is loving the buzz they’ve attained from blogs.

“We were literally just plucked from Jacksonville and thrown in front of a crowd,” drummer Kevin Snow tells Billboard of their rise to Internet stardom (blog chatter increased 900% after they were mentioned in the New York Times). “And it just kept going. At this point, we haven’t been home in nearly a year.”

“There are still lots of people just discovering the band,” says Jason Hradil, the group’s marketing manager at Columbia. “They will certainly be able to develop an audience beyond bloggers.”

Black Kids’ debut, Partie Traumatic, which was recorded with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, was released July 7 in the U.K., debuting at No. 5. The singles, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You” and “Hurricane Jane,” reached Nos. 11 and 36, respectively, on the U.K. Singles chart, according to Billboard.

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Ga Ga: Black Kids Play Glastonbury


Florida indie rock band Black Kids (contrary to their cheeky name, only lead singer Reggie Youngblood and his younger sister Ali are black) took the stage at Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, Somerset.

During their set, the band (who Rolling Stone listed in their Artists to Watch feature in 2007) played their hits, ‘I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You’ and ‘Hit The Heartbreaks.” Keyboardist Dawn Watley, according to NME, asked the crowd: “Are you naked?”

We’d drop trow to hear them play, “Hurricane Jane.”

PHOTO: Courtesy of Rolling Stone

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