Posts Tagged ‘Groove Armada’


Heavy Rotation 60

January 30, 2011

Featuring 65 Days of Static, Ringo Deathstarr, Simply Saucer, Titus Andronicus and Groove Armada. Beats, noise and a bit of swamp rock. If you’d like a track removed, please contact me at


Death wears a Snuggie.

At some point in the Twilight series they must have fired the editor. Reasoning with Vampires breaks down Stephanie Meyer’s written tics. (And they are legion.)

A duck’s quack does echo. Men do not think of sex every seven seconds. Alcohol does not sex kill brain cells. Wikipedia’s List of Common Misconceptions.

65 Days of Static – Radio Protector.mp3

For something that only runs a little over 2-1/2 minutes it sure sounds epic. From the spare piano in the beginning to the full-on martial beat that carries it to the chiming coda, 65 DaysRadio Protector has all the key ingredients of a final scene soundtrack.

You know the kind: beloved character dies but not before changing lives/beloved character is still miraculously alive and will continue to change lives. The type of track that bleeds into the credits, leaving the audience with a song in their heart and tears in their eyes.

Groove Armada – Look Me in the Eye, Sister.mp3

Groove Armada wants to beat your uncaring, undeserving ass. Hey, you asked for it. If you back something into a corner and put yourself between it and the only exit, it can’t be responsible for what happens.

This song is a righteously pissed vendetta-on-electro-rock-wheels and singer Jess Larabee sounds like she could run you over without hesitation or a second glance in the rearview mirror.

Ringo Deathstarr – Some Kind of Sad.mp3

From one of the best band names in the business (see also: Kathleen Turner Overdrive) comes this speedily cruising deathmobile of a track. The pacing is relentless, the vocals appropriately moody and the hints of feedback are a nicely piercing counterpoint to the brutally effective rhythm section.

It’s the kind of song you want pouring out of the speakers as you haul ass across town to deal with your destiny. Or the devil. Or possibly both at once. Mood music for doomed lovers and impossibly angular budding nihilists.

Simply Saucer – Dance the Mutation.mp3

Simply Saucer sound exactly like as if the Rolling Stones, slowly recovering from a mid-1970s night of debauchery, wandered into the wrong studio and were forced to crank out Cramps tunes.

Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union.mp3

Titus Andronicus take the road less traveled on their latest (The Monitor), delivering a concept album dealing with the Civil War, which may seem anachronistic but the universal themes of war and death still resonate, what with war and death being somewhat of a constant in the world.

This track finds doomed youth searching for a “new New Jersey,” even going so far as to paraphrase the Boss (“Tramps like us/Baby, we were born to die“) in the lyrics and paraphrase Dinosaur Jr’s guitar licks elsewhere in the track (specifically Feel the Pain).

While we may not be trapped currently in a brother-vs-brother conflict on the homefront, we seem to be able to place ourselves in the middle of everyone else’s, putting our young men and women at the business end of a gun all too frequently. The fatalism is also universal:

If I come in on a donkey/Let me go out on a gurney.”



Heavy Rotation Vol. 23

November 15, 2009

No particular theme here today other than the usual theme of shit-hot music with earworming characteristics. Some bouncier tunes than usual, but it’s probably just water weight. Enjoy.

Previous volumes here:
The Heavy Rotation Archives


Sunny Day Sets Fire – Brainless (Baron Von Luxxury Remix)
These London indie-poppers weigh in with an extremely contagious tune whose contagion level is only made worse by the mysterious Baron Von Luxxury’s production work. Flanging the hell out of the vocals is always a nice touch as is the dirtied-up synth work. Recommended for all tomorrow’s parties (and that includes today’s).


Black Hollies – Gloomy Monday Morning
Sounding like they escaped from someone’s garage in the mid-60’s with Phil Spector in tow, the Black Hollies throwback sound evokes a simpler time when drug busts only happened to bikers and truckers. This track takes an enjoyable spin around the “corner of 39,” scattering echoing, spacious drums and gorgeous harmonies all over the place.

Never in a million years would anyone believe something this good has come out of New Jersey. Believe it.

human people

Human People – I’d Run Just Like You (Demo)
I think I’ve featured them before on the Heavy Rotation but what the hell, let’s do it again. Everything you’ve always loved about synthpop jam-packed into a 2 minute exercise in icy, new wave brilliance. Like Gary Numan with a beating heart.


Groove Armada – Warsaw
Holy shit. What happened here?

These guys used to watch everyone shaking their ass (I See You, Baby) or lying around soaking up salty air on the sand dunes (At the River). They’ve spent a majority of their career entertaining the slower tempoed side of house. Now, without any warning, they have decided to slash your tires and set your lawn on fire, musically speaking. This rocks harder than it has any right to, given the pedigree. Enjoy.


Divide & Kreate – Little Bitch (Britney Spears vs. Death From Above 1979)
Nothing like a great mashup to wrap up the day. Divide & Kreate add Britney Spear’s winsome bitching to the thunderous drum and bass combination of Death From Above 1979 to create the most kickass track Britney Spears never released. If someone can make Ms. Spears bearable, D&K can. They can most likely put a man on the moon as well.

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Heavy Rotation Vol. 23


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