Joseph Coscarelli

  • Those Dancing Days

    Who? Those who think the Pipettes should pipe down might try Sweden's subtler rebuttal, Those Dancing Days. Without the dress code and Phil Spector-ification but with plenty of pep, Those Dancing Days "just wanna disco" over springy bass courtesy of their own Mimmi Evrell and Lisa Pyk's shimmering Hammond organ sounds used with the accuracy of Elvis Costello's truest Aim. Linnea Jonsson (vocals), Rebecka Roifart (guitar) and Cissi Edraimsson (drums) complete the quintet, conjuring the boogying Northern Soul of U.K. mod culture. Debut self-titled EP out now overseas via Wichita Recordings. What's the Deal? Naming a song after your own band puts you in the company of the Ramones and Talk Talk, exuding a breezy swagger, but calling your tender Love Is All-meets-The Concretes-esque first single "Hitten" ("The Hit" in Swedish) makes the confidence palpable.

  • It's Always a Good 'Day' With Euros Childs

    From Cardiff with love comes the latest ditty from the merry popfolkie Euros Childs. On "Ali Day" he channels oodles of sunshine andskipping into two tight minutes for a swift burst of twee goodness.Centered around the full-bodied piano low-end featured on SufjanStevens' indie-classic Illinois, "Day" also plays on the sameyouthful purity invoked by the Boy Least Likely To's most bubblynumbers. After a Welsh language experiment on his last full-length Bore Da,the former Gorky's Zygotic Mynci frontman is back to singing in Englishover playful psychedelic folk not far from his mid-'90s output. Withthe same lover's ecstasy as Lennon's "Oh Yoko", Childs' "Ali Day" wouldnot be out of place on a Wes Anderson soundtrack between Cat Stevensand the Kinks should the quirky auteur ever hope to elicit a quicksmile.

  • Jump Into the 'Ocean' with Saturday Looks Good to Me

    Death on the high sea sounds like a pretty grim premise, but don'ttake Midwestern twee popsters Saturday Looks Good To Me too seriously.Starkly contrasting its title, "(Even If You Die on the) Ocean" is agleeful, lighthearted take on death and water -- more Gilligan's Island than Titanic.Suppose instead of always pestering the grumpy Skipper, the mischievousGilligan spent his time with a rusty six-string, shaping relaxed popsongs with a nonchalant consideration of a dour fate. On "Ocean,"songster Fred Thomas is our Gilligan, cheery with quirk as his staccatoacoustic strums and piano plinks crash consistently like waves on theshore. That leaves freedom to his fluttering voice, like thebeach-flown kite, sailing upward before whipping around in vocalspirals.

  • Dave Gahan Welcomes You to His 'Kingdom'

    Always a first-class showman as the voice of synth-pop stalwartsDepeche Mode, Dave Gahan utilizes the independence of solo albums toprogress from figurehead to songsmith. With his uncharacteristicallyvivid baritone, Gahan steers his tunes to shadowy corners ofelectronica often with a grisly spirit. Here, "Kingdom," the firstsingle from Gahan's upcoming LP Hourglass, gets the remixtreatment courtesy of K10K a.k.a. Kap10Kurt. The NYC knob-tweaker takesthe song to a dungeon of glitchy Reznor-esque drums and grimy, broodingsynths. And without longtime DM songwriter, Gahan is still enamoredwith electronics with some brighter leads poking through the murkyshards of light, but central to the mix is a gloomy bass line, roughwith fuzz. Consider "Kingdom (K10K Extended Mix)" as a remixin three acts.

  • Come 'Closer' and Feel the Pulse of the Hourly Radio

    The Hourly Radio embrace a preoccupation with the past, going so far as to name their debut album History Will Never Hold Me. Furthering the group's reputation as History-buffs,a new remix of "Closer" features the booming voice of President HarryTruman in a triumphant World War II address. Luckily, this sparklingremix has a similar air of victory, but also invokes a more recent past-- one of shimmering synthesizers and huge affected drums, citingextravagant atmosphere and electronics à la 1980s synth pop godfathersNew Order and Depeche Mode. On this reworking from the PipeBros, "Closer" pushes onward with a meaty, pulsating kick drum androbotic effects that purr and twinkle.

  • Soulsavers Bring Redemption With the 'Rain'

    The U.K. production duo Soulsavers, a.k.a. Rich Machin and IanGlover, have found a messiah-like figure in vocalist Mark Lanegan(Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age). Blessing the pair's newrecord, It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land, isLanegan's coarse baritone, rattling tracks like a small-scale quake. On"Kingdoms of Rain," the team subscribes to doctrines of sparseness,leaving a meager acoustic guitar, ambient swirls and foreboding keys toback Lanegan's Southern Gothic hymn.

  • Steel Train's Unbreakable Optimism

    Early in "Dakota," NYC's Steel Train acknowledge that "lightningstrikes and buildings fall," but refuse to be dragged into a pit ofwhining, wallowing or melodrama. Instead, the band stares straight atsuffering and counters cold horror with an audible confidence inperseverance. The churning distortion that gurgles and growls beneaththe surface is initially ominous but quickly offset when vibrantacoustic guitars and jangling tambourine begin to ride an unadornedpiano progression. The lead is cordial, but it's the angelicharmonies that truly prevail over tales of powder, pills and anuntimely demise. Not with naivety so much as faith, affirmationstriumph throughout. The promises may be meant for Dakota, butcomforting lines like "These awful things burn away with the sun,"remind everyone the difference a day makes. Steel Train's sophomorealbum, Trampoline, hits store shelves Oct.

  • Blanche Take 'This Town' to Task

    Set firmly in the Motor City, rootsy garage rockers Blanche liveand play amidst a vast urban decay. The setting of the band's new videofor "What This Town Needs," once home to Henry Ford's Model TAutomobile Plant, provides a disturbingly picturesque representation ofthe rotting Americana about which they sing. From behind a camera lens,the grit of peeling paint and cracked ceilings conjure reminiscence ofan industrial heyday, a far cry from the neglect and unemployment thatplagues the historic locale today. Looking like a mini-CoenBrothers film, the clip (directed by Kevin Carrico) features aperformance scene in sepia tones, allowing the band's blue-collar stompa proper vintage visual.

  • Remember 'Romance' with the Redwalls

    For Redwallsfrontman Logan Baren, the summer still simmers as he wistfully pleadsfor the days with his "darling." Expounding on love in the hottestseason, "Summer Romance" isn't quite Danny and Sandy at Rydell High,but the nostalgic number works to the same reminiscent end.

  • Let 'Thine Heart' Be Thrashed By Scout Niblett

    Imagine if Eleanor Friedberger and her brother Matthew of theFiery Furnaces were robbed of their entire collection of electronicmusical gadgets and gizmos. Stripped down, that leaves the style ofconversational melody and adorable quirk Scout Niblett employs to beginher live rendition of "Let Thine Heart Be Warmed" -- which is found onthe Live at the Middle East EP -- before she shatters the frailfoundation of finger-picked guitar with a raw wail and thundering drumsin a bulldozer of a chorus. The influx of distortion thatsignals the song's recurring apex is an enormous static blanket butunable to contain Niblett's howl, leaving her sounding like Liz Phairand PJ Harvey when they could still get pissed off.

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