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+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
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Blood On The Wall
The Social Registry

For train rides, dance music is just too perfect. Ninety percent of my commutes on the subway chug along on a Kraftwerky autobahn soundtrack of nu-Moroder disco like Lindstrom, DFA dance-rock like the Juan Maclean — basically anything where that repetitive pulse mixes with the left-field hipster hybrid weirdness factor, like, uh, Lindstrom remixing the Juan Maclean. It's strange, then, that one of the only rock records to break through my electro matrix and become a subway soundtrack for almost a month is Blood on the Wall's Awesomer, an album that essentially has zero "2005 content" — more like SST 1986 meets Matador 1992 — but still sounds great in '05. At a little over 30 minutes, Awesomer lasts about as long as my ride to work, and tracks like "Reunite on Ice" function as hyper-caffeinated jolts in the mornings and a time-for-happy-hour blast-off at night (sometimes on the same day). Hasn't gotten old yet.

Blood on the Wall are a three-piece from Brooklyn: brother and sister Brad and Courtney Shanks and drummer Miggy Littleton. Their first, self-titled album wasn't so hot (they told Time Out New York they "forgot how to play the songs" when they were recording it), but this follow-up kills. It gives off heat lightning — the energy that gets in the air in the late summer, when everyone's back from their trips and the chill in the air shakes off that humid haze so they're ready to DO IT DO IT DO IT (whatever it may be). To me Awesomer sounds like college — like '90s college rock, sure, but also like keg beer, sweat, and ringing eardrums after a show in some kid's basement. "Out in the air, drunk as shit in the streets/ Your mind takes off, you're left with just your teeth/ And the steam! the heat!"

About a third of the songs on Awesomer fit the general unhinged mood of that quote, which comes from "Get the Fuck Off My Cloud." (Note: Not a Stones cover.) Another third call down hazy love vibes and heat-shimmery city lights. And, might as well admit it, a third sound like the Pixies. Spot-the-influence is a low-degree-of- difficulty sport here; "I'd Like to Take You Out Tonight" is quiet Yo La Tengo, "Mary Susan" is a Breeders bass line plus Weezer's catchy, crunchy guitars plus the "chunka!-chunka!-chunka!" rev-up maneuver from Radiohead's "Creep." "Mary Susan" is one of my favorite songs of the year, but one of my friends heard it and commented that the bass line "should be retired." Fair enough — a few months ago I wouldn't have thought I'd be ready for the indie-rock version of "I Love the '90s," but this is it and I'm 100% on board. If you see me on the subway tomorrow don't even ask, you know what I'll be listening to. I'll have it turned way up so I probably wouldn't hear you anyway.

(Download "Mary Susan" and "Reunite on Ice" from The Social Registry.)

by Dave Renard

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