Tag: TV On The Radio


Music Review: Blacks ‘Invented Rock N Roll’ and TV on the Radio Picks Up the Torch

Salon.com urges its readers to “refresh our collective memory” and recognize that before MTV and the invention of music videos and pandering to suburbia, “Black Americans invented rock ‘n’ roll.”

The columnist, James Hannaham, writes that “there hasn’t been a great mostly black rock band since Sly and Funkadelic–until TV on the Radio.”

Praising the Brooklyn band, the writer says they’ve “released three albums’ worth of stirring, modern and inventive alternative rock, integrating elements as diverse as electronica, guitar atmospherics and doo-wop soul vocals that recall both Peter Gabriel and the Brothers Johnson.”

This only validates and solidifies Blindie’s love for TV on the Radio!

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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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