Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Sunday Cleaning – Volume 12

Aberdeen City / The Freezing Atlantic (Dovecote Records)

Despite their name, Boston’s Aberdeen City don’t sound British, or try to sound British, and for that, I thank them. Well, bits of them sound British, but bits of them sound like everything – I don’t remember the last time I heard a band that reminded me of so many things at once, and yet managed not to sound like a slavish imitator or fashion chaser. Drums flirt with post-punk disco beats, guitars echo, buzz and bubble with shoegazey textures, the vocals are earnest in that sorta-emo way and everything has a modern rock-esque radio-friendly sheen. Brad Parker’s vocals are strong but are somewhat lacking in the melodic sophistication department. However, the overall musicianship and production helps pick up the slack. Overall, The Freezing Atlantic is a pretty slick little debut – especially for their first long-player. There’s room for improvement but if they can fulfill some of that potential, they could be a band to watch. Nice album art, too.

MP3: Aberdeen City – “God Is Gonna Get Sick Of Me”

Aberdeen City @ MySpace

The Twin Atlas / Sun Township (Tappersize Records)

The Twin Atlas are a duo based out of New York and Philadelphia who have been happily churning out albums of folkish indie rock since 2000. Sun Township is their sixth full-length in that time, a prodigious output to be sure, but don’t mistake their prolificness for Pollard-esque (lack of) quality control. While ultra-compact at ten tracks and under half an hour, Sun Township is a lush, sparkling jewel of a record from top to bottom. Sean Byrne and Luke Zaleski’s voices and instrumentation wrap you up like a warm blanket. Sun Township is like a concetrated dose of Summer on a plastic disc, just the thing to fend of the approaching Winter blahs.

MP3: The Twin Atlas – “Roll On”>

The Twin Atlas @ MySpace


I was trying to pick a band randomly from my MySpace friends to listen to, but it turns out that I knew a bit about Atlanta’s Luigi after all. Singer/guitarist Michelle DuBois used to be in Ultrababyfat, who also used to feature one Britta Phillips on bass. Ms Phillips, of course, went on to lay down the low end in the dear, departed Luna and while Ultrababyfat soldiered on a little while longer, they eventually called it a day and DuBois formed Luigi. Based on the three songs up for preview on their MySpace page, Luigi continues to deliver punchy, hook-laden, guitar-driven power-pop not that far removed from UBF. DuBois’ voice has a perfect blend of sweet and ragged, and it makes for some excellent boy-girl harmonies with the singing, Y-chromosone-sporting members of the band (I won’t pretend to know which of Scott Rowe and Johnn McConnell are singing what). The band has just released their second album, Found On The Forest Floor.

MP3: Luigi – “Wash It Down”

Luigi @ MySpace

np – Wilco / A.M.

By : Frank Yang at 10:01 am
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  1. says:

    Aberdeen City sounds a hell of a lot like The Killers.

  2. Frank says:

    Really? I’ve never heard the Killers.

  3. Jeff KOOG says:

    How could you have never heard the Killers?

  4. Frank says:

    Pure luck, I guess. But I dislike them just from looking at them, so it’s just as well.

  5. mike says:

    Frank, you’ve heard(and probably seen them on television) at one point, and you just didn’t know it…they’re EVERYWHERE.

  6. Uncle Tupelo says:

    For the thick, me thinks he’s being a wit bit sarcastic

  7. Frank says:

    Sarcastic? Me? No, seriously – to the best of my knowledge, I’ve never heard The Killers. I don’t have a radio, watch MuchMusic and unless they’ve been featured in one of the three or four television shows I watch, I’ve not caught them on TV either.

  8. kate says:

    You’ve heard the Killers.

  9. thomaus says:

    Okay, after searching chomewaves’ archives it is plausible that Frank hasn’t knowingly heard The Killers — even though he’s mentioned them five times and linked to their site. The better question is "Should Frank hear The Killers?"

  10. thomaus says:

    You don’t have a radio?!? Not even a clock-radio?

  11. skintock mcflint says:

    If Frank truly wants to be educated about music, he should at least hear the Killers. Doesn’t mean he needs to like him. But ignorance, well, that’s just the wrong approach. I scoff at it.

  12. Frank says:

    This is funny.

    I know who the Killers are. I’ve read interviews with them in magazines, seen their eyelinered faces around the internet, blah blah blah, and I have an idea of what they’re about (some piece in Filter where they were worshipping at the altar of Simon LeBon comes to mind). I’m pretty sure they’re not my bag. I feel no obligation to take time away from listening to stuff I do like and am interested in to listen to The Killers. Call it ignorance, I call it efficiency.

  13. Frank says:

    and no, not even a clock-radio. I don’t think I have anything that’s tuneable to AM or FM, unless it’s over the web. I think I might be able to get some radio stations over my TV cable but I’m not sure.

  14. Kool Ken says:

    do you not have a car? with a radio? are you a luddite?

  15. Frank says:

    no car. I live in the city, man. I don’t need no car. And if I did have a car with a radio, it’d be tuned to CBC all the time.

    Luddite? Dude, I just got an iPod. I’m COOL with the latest tech, yo.

  16. Kelly says:

    Yeah, congrats on the iPod, Frank. Welcome to 2001.

  17. Frank says:

    thanks, it’s good to be here.

  18. b. flowers says:

    Frank: Give me your postal address. I’ll mail you the Killers CD.

  19. Frank says:

    That’s awful generous of you Mr Flowers, but I don’t want you to go to any trouble. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen copies of Hot Fuss in the discount bins of the used CD shops around town. I can probably find it without any bother.


  20. Hunter says:

    aberdeen city are a hell of a lot better than the Killers