The Down Times
White Nights CD EP
Indie rock didn’t always have a negative connotation. Mid 90s. 4-track in the basement. Wanting to move past loud, fast rules, capture a little pop magic, make it sound spontaneous like a Lou Barlow project. That’s what I hear on The Down Times. And if that’s too much to swallow then how about this: early They Might Be Giants covering New Order songs?
Never Mind the Bollocks, Work the Shaft CD
Swings back and forth between clever budget rock (Four Eyes, Tortillas You Wanted) and inside jokes. I like “The Beaver Survives” even if I don’t understand it (“The beaver survives on carbon dioxide!”) and “It’s Getting Hot Dog in Here,” and “B.I.A.S.,” which sounds produced just a bit, suggests that these guys might be capable of South Park/Team America level humor, gross but funny. Slim pickings otherwise.
Don’t Care Mix Tape Vol. 1
24/7 House guy #1: Dude, let’s call in sick, finish off that 12-pack and record an EP.
24/7 House guy #2: Cool. Got any songs ready?
24/7 House guy #1: I will by the time we get downstairs.
That’s how I picture the 24/7 House. Songs written during the commercials of Simpsons reruns. New sub genres of punk rock started and abandon while the Ramen noodles simmer on the stove. On Don’t Care Mix Tape Vol. 1 there are fifteen guys credited with performing 21 songs by as many bands. There’s rock of the punk, indie, surf, synth, and folk varieties. My favorites were Sirens of Titan, White Nights, Smartest Men Alive, The Children’s Crusade, Love Machine, Somethingtons, Johnnie/Dave, and PoliceCops. 8 for 21 = .380.
- Mike Faloon