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Funeral Party (in support of Julian Casablancas) – Cleveland, April 3

The Funeral Party (mid-party)

If you are a young band going on tour in support of the leader of the garage rock revival, it seems likely that your sound is already pretty well set in stone: grab the guitars and prepare the brooding, lo-fi melodies. Particularly when your name is shared with that of a Cure song. Particularly when that song is ‘The Funeral Party.’

Which is precisely what makes the sounds of the East LA 5-piece so shocking. With cowbells, synths, handclaps, and guitar solos reserved for a workout montage, the Funeral Party leaves all visions of a Paul Banks-ian dystopia in the dust. Extending the energy of a 90 second punk track to a four-minute freak out, the Funeral Party fuses yelping vocals with busy bass lines and disco beats, bringing to mind bands like the Rapture, !!!, and a happier Mars Volta.

So listen to ‘The Funeral Party’ and stop brooding. It’s time to dance.

The Funeral Party, “Carwars”

Oh, and if you haven’t yet heard the new Julian Casablancas, here’s a track to whet your appetite.

Julian Casablancas, “Left & Right in the Dark”

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Snow Day Music: Stricken City

Stricken City: Songs About People I knowI’m working on a few “larger” posts, but with Philadelphia about to be hit with another foot of snow, which would make this the winter with the largest snow accumulation in Philadelphia’s history, I’m just not up to anything approaching depth.

Thank God I listened to the Stricken City’s Songs About People I Know this morning. Part The Slits, part Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part PJ Harvey, all post punk pop: the perfect music for dancing around your apartment on a snow day. I remember reading a critic calling The Catcher in the Rye the best “minor novel” of the post-war period. I felt the same way about 2008’s Little Joy album and Stricken City’s Songs: really great minor albums.

Stricken City, “Small Things”

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