Thursday, September 11, 2008

Me on Fierce and Nerdy

I'm loaning out my services to a new blog for a weekly column, starting today. My friend Ernessa's started a page called Fierce and Nerdy, and she dares to go toe-to-toe with me about pop music. This week it's TV on the Radio. Here's my take:

I’m over-the-moon in love with TV on the Radio’s new single from their forthcoming album, Dear Science. The song is “Golden Age,” and it’s absolute po-mo disco perfection. It’s a little bit smart-assed, like Midnite Vultures-era Beck, but without a hint of parody. It’s also somehow dreamy and ethereal, like beatific Zooropa-era Bono. It feels authentic too, like New York in the 70s, or even the 80s, which might be less apt but seems somehow cooler. Imagine a scene from Paris is Burning or Grace Jones dancing in Keith Haring-applied bodypaint as you listen. I used to find this band merely interesting; now I want them underscoring my next night on the town, complete with a hot new outfit, Delia Hauser-approved shoes and androgynously cool eye make-up.

I wasn’t asked to comment on “Golden Age.” Instead, I got the new album’s second single, “Dancing Choose.” If “Golden Age” is disco, this song is more pogo, like the way we used to jump up and down whenever the DJ would play “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” at school dances. Or when Ernessa and I were hopping around to The Go-Gos at that Monday night party during finals week in some grad director’s apartment in Pittsburgh. Remember that, Ernessa? And then the cops closed it down? I know…crazy, right? Now can you skip back to “Golden Age” again? Thanks.
Read what Ernessa has to say and listen to both songs here.

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