Monday, March 14, 2005

Music review of tomorrow, today

From tomorrow's Newsday, this is probably the first and last time three of my favorite artists are mentioned in the same column in a daily paper.

Employment by Kaiser Chiefs gets an A. I'm catching the boys from Leeds on 3/25 at Bowery Ballroom. I'm pretty pumped about that.

And Good Music for Tsunami Relief actually seems to be good music. Check it:
Live tracks from Wilco ("Jesus, etc."), French Kicks ("The Trial of the Century") and My Morning Jacket ("The Bear") are standouts, as are remixes from Interpol ("Slow Hands," given new energy by Britt Daniel's remix), Franz Ferdinand (the grooving Headman remix of "The Dark of the Matinee") and Elbow (a dreamy RJD2 remix of "Fugitive Motel"). And there are great album tracks from Bright Eyes and The Faint, alongside cool unreleased nuggets from Rilo Kiley, Dios Malos and Hot Hot Heat.

The biggest surprise, though, is Death Cab for Cutie's organ-driven cover of The Cure's "Love Song," in which singer Ben Gibbard taps into his inner Robert Smith.
Franz and Interpol? Cool. Rilo Kiley and French Kicks? Awesome. An RJD2 remix? Spendaculous.

Finally, the previously mentioned Ben Folds cover of Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit" gets some love as well. Sweet.

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