Instant Playlist - April 22 2010
Someday (Killer Pimp)
If you already own everything Creation Records ever released and you’re craving some Anglophile noise-pop, you could do a lot worse than Ceremony, whose members were in A Place to Bury Strangers precursor Skywave.
Atari Teenage Riot
Activate (Digital Hardcore)
It’s astounding that, even after a decade-long hiatus, ATR sounds just as young, anarchic, and circuit-frying as its name suggests. "Activate" is a thrashing fist-pumper that makes Hadouken! sound like a glee club.
Silver Knife (Graveface)
Monster Movie’s Christian Savill will always be known best as a former Slowdive member, but that’s not too heavy a cross to bear, especially when dreamy drone-pop numbers like "Silver Knife" keep the shoegazer flag waving high.
Nothing to Be Done (Buffetlibre)
Talk about a faithful rendition. Crocodiles’ cover of this Pastels nugget is exactly the same length as the original, right down to the second. The main difference is a shitload of reverb, which kids these days can’t get enough of.
Party Like It’s 2012 (Young Soul)
If the world really does go to hell in a hand basket on 12/12/12, you might as well do the oblivion shuffle to this oddly upbeat end-of-all-things anthem by fast-rising Regina indie-popsters Library Voices.
I Think Bad Thoughts (Bad Taste)
Don’t get us wrong—as far as we’re concerned, Danko Jones might be the most obnoxious blowhard ever to emerge from Toronto. But we’re big enough to admit that he kicks ass on this Golden Earring–style rocker.
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (Weewerk)
Canteen Knockout doesn’t add much to the Gordon Lightfoot classic except the odd flash of electric guitar. And that’s okay, if only because it will remind you to rescue Summertime Dream from your parents’ vinyl collection.
Drag Me to the Ocean (Distort)
Downtuned insanity from one of the most terminally pissed metal acts in the American underground. If the thing under the basement stairs decided to form a band, it would sound just like this.
Letter Experiment (Distort)
Ever wondered what would happen if you locked Tool, Linkin Park, and Cannibal Corpse in a metal cage for two months with no food or water? Wonder no more.
Kiss Me (Likwid)
A synth-strafed, made-for-springtime exercise in pure pop finds too-cute-for-school singer Monica Pardo chirping, "Call me!—love you." Sigh. If you’d only supplied us with your telephone number.
Caged Bird (Surrender All)
Katrina Ford (a frequent TV on the Radio collaborator) evokes the titular creature on this spooky track, which brings to mind Massive Attack with the dark-and-brooding factor cranked to 11.