The Whip, Johnny Foreigner, PSAPP, The Ettes, Animal Collective…..

How the heck have I missed The Whip?

I’m reminded that what drove me to internet radio and ultimately to my own blog was how lame and retrospective Boston radio has become (hello FNX….how much Pearl Jam do you think we need to hear??). Anyway, I was listening to Indie 103.1 yesterday, which was non-stop and commercial free (holiday weekend? I’m guessing). The first few songs I heard were, in fact, retrospective, but not lamely so (some Pixies “Bam Thwok” to break up the inevitable U2 and Pumpkins). When the “new” stuff played, I wasn’t sure it was new, or maybe some great chestnut I had missed (due, again, to our lame radio stations).  Before I knew it, I was continually running upstairs to read the song/artist display on my Roku. I kick myself to discover that “Trash” has been out at least since the summer.  The Whip’s MySpace page labels them as “Electronica / Pop / Disco House “, which describes many of the tracks, but not “Trash”, which rocks as hard as anything I’ve heard out of Manchester. Listen; enjoy; discuss.

Danny, Lil Fee, Nathan and Bruce

The Whip are Danny, Lil Fee, Nathan and Bruce

When I read the artist/title “Johnny Foreigner: Salt Peppa and Spinderella”, I thought it might be a malfunction, as there were no audible hip-hop references, but a quick Music ID check with my Crackberry confirmed it.

Johnny Foreigner, from Birmingham, UK

Johnny Foreigner, from Birmingham, UK

Listen to the “Salt Peppa…” song on the MySpace page…I’m sure you won’t be at all surprised it’s my cup of tea…really, predictably so…then at about 2:16 in, it goes for the all out finish, like someone remembered to plug in the guitars. That makes me look forward to more stuff from them.

I’m not sure how to take PSAPP. Their MySpace page looks like something a crazy cat lady designed, and the songs on the player seem like they’re geared to Sesame Street-aged kids. That said, the cut I heard, “The Monster Song” is perfect for quirky, poppy, female-vocaled, oddball indie. You’ve got to get a ways into the crudely animated video before it’s apparant that it’s not, after all, for children, featuring cameo performances of animated skulls, nipples and blood. Watch anyway:

They’re just a duo, as so many cool bands are these days, and from the London area, and I do like the simply childish songs on the MySpace page too. Oh, and Psapp is pronounced “psapp”.

Psapp is Galia Durant and Carim Clasmann

Psapp is Galia Durant and Carim Clasmann

The Ettes have been around a while, though never on; while ther’s no shortage of retro-soul female vocals out there right now, retro 60s garage female vocals – or what The Ettes call ” beat-punk” is a bit rare. They’ve been doing it since 2004, and their latest CD, “Look At Life Again Soon”, out now, promises more beauties.

Poni, Coco, and Jem

The Ettes: Poni, Coco, and Jem

I love every song on the MySpace Page, including “You Can’t Do That To Me”, “I Get Mine”, and “Marathon”, but the one that grabbed me on Indie 103.1 was “Crown of Age”, for which I could only find the video:

There’s too much to Animal Collective for me to even begin a blog post. If you’re not already familiar with them, check out the MySpace page and listen to the new song from their forthcoming CD, due March 23rd, “My Girls” (come to think of it, go listen even if you ARE familiar with them); then, if you want the whole, strange story, go read it on Wikipedia. Strange pseudonums, animal references, and virtuoso melody combine in a nicely wired way. If Fleet Foxes sounded more like this, I’d like them.

Animal Collective

Animal Collective

Here’s the video, in case you’re lazy:


4 responses to this post.

  1. I love animals. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!


  2. Posted by buzz biscuits on February 21, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I really like The Ettes – great throwback sound without being derivative. Reading your entry I was expecting to counter with Holly Golightly/Thee Headcoatees (as I’ve tried with others before!) or maybe the Bellrays, but those expectations didn’t stick after listening. Cool video too.


  3. Hello. Very interesting Blog. Not really what i have searched over Google, but thanks for the information.


  4. Rozella…what is that you’ve searched over Google that’s different? If I’m wrong about something, please correct me! Thanks for visiting!


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