Saturday, August 26, 2006

Neverending Mixtape #2

TV on the Radio - "Wolf Like Me"

For a few years now, I have been telling everyone I know to listen to TV on the Radio. Not only have I been praising their songs, but their live show especially. When I first saw TVOTR about two and a half years ago, I had pretty high hopes for the show. The performance was a religious experience in every cliched way: soul cleansing, heartening, exorcising, etc. After seeing them live, I naturally hoped that their next record would capture the passion, fury, and energy of their live show.

This brings me to TVOTR's new album "Return to Cookie Mountain." This album is filled with tremendous love and righteous fury. It is spry and charging to battle with all guns blazing. In short, it is everything I was hoping for and more. The album's first single (and one of the year's very best songs) is "Wolf Like Me." This song best exemplifies the live TVOTR experience with Jaleel Bunton's driving motorik beat, the buzzing hum of David Sitek's guitar, and Tunde Adebimpe's sumptuous vocals. With his show-stopping voice, Tunde offers bits of lupine lust: "When the moon is round and full, gonna teach you tricks that'll blow your mind" and "Let me show you what all the howling's for." If you don't completely buy my fanboy raving, watch the clip below.


At 8:10 pm GMT-5, Anonymous peter said...

Ben got it right when he talks about album TVOTR vs live TVOTR. If you categorized bands by the miles you would drive to see a live show, TVOTR is probably a 150 mile band. even if that 150 miles took you to, say, a shithole like Cincinnati.

If for nothing else, you have to see kyps shuffle accross the stage. he is redefining shuffle rock one midsized venue at a time.

At 9:02 pm GMT-5, Blogger Ben said...

Peter! Can I get a witness? Amen, Brotha.


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