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click to enlarge You Say Party! We Say Die!  - Lose All Time  -  -  - Paper Bag  -  - Sounds like: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, full of PBR -  - Short take: Hammering drums, screeching - riffs, cutting vocals -  - In a world where Karen O exists, one doesn't really need - the Canadian quintet, You Say Party! We Say Die! But it - very well might be fun to have them around anyway, just - in case the house party gets a little drunker. The dance- - punk/riot grrl outfit bull-rushes its songs like music is - something to be attacked and subdued  then - abandoned. It's no wonder so few of the band's songs - breach three minutes; in fact, they often don't make it to - two minutes. Lead singer Becky Ninkovic blares over - chunky dance beats and punk riffs, narrating the party - scene while sound-tracking it. Luckily, there also are a - few slower songs. Paradoxically, they're the group's best - efforts, given that indie kids will always be more emotive - than brash anyway.  Matt Martin
  • You Say Party! We Say Die!

    Lose All Time

    Paper Bag

    Sounds like: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, full of PBR

    Short take: Hammering drums, screeching riffs, cutting vocals

    In a world where Karen O exists, one doesn't really need the Canadian quintet, You Say Party! We Say Die! But it very well might be fun to have them around anyway, just in case the house party gets a little drunker. The dance- punk/riot grrl outfit bull-rushes its songs like music is something to be attacked and subdued then abandoned. It's no wonder so few of the band's songs breach three minutes; in fact, they often don't make it to two minutes. Lead singer Becky Ninkovic blares over chunky dance beats and punk riffs, narrating the party scene while sound-tracking it. Luckily, there also are a few slower songs. Paradoxically, they're the group's best efforts, given that indie kids will always be more emotive than brash anyway. Matt Martin

click to enlarge Ween  - The Friends EP  -  -  - Chocodog  -  - Sounds like: Pet Shop Boys on Pixy Stix -  - Short take: Creative goofs go techno -  - It's more than an accomplishment for a two-man band to - be a great live act, a house party staple and a - gotta-hear-this-shit stereo regular  especially when - that two-man band is known for producing nothing but - genre-detonating lunatic electro-rock cheese. There's - really no way to categorize the sounds of Ween's Dean - and Gene besides just listening to the end result and - understanding. And that's generally where they are on - the new EP The Friends. After two albums of - fairly consistent indie rock, Ween has returned to the ball - pit, goofing around like children with newfound Casios. - The chosen genre this time is techno-pop, and they - explore it in this collection with madcap enthusiasm. - Their ability to parody/pay homage is so well-honed that - it actually makes the EP both fun and viable.  - Matt Martin
  • Ween

    The Friends EP

    Chocodog

    Sounds like: Pet Shop Boys on Pixy Stix

    Short take: Creative goofs go techno

    It's more than an accomplishment for a two-man band to be a great live act, a house party staple and a gotta-hear-this-shit stereo regular especially when that two-man band is known for producing nothing but genre-detonating lunatic electro-rock cheese. There's really no way to categorize the sounds of Ween's Dean and Gene besides just listening to the end result and understanding. And that's generally where they are on the new EP The Friends. After two albums of fairly consistent indie rock, Ween has returned to the ball pit, goofing around like children with newfound Casios. The chosen genre this time is techno-pop, and they explore it in this collection with madcap enthusiasm. Their ability to parody/pay homage is so well-honed that it actually makes the EP both fun and viable. Matt Martin

click to enlarge Junior Senior  - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo  -  -  -  - Rykodisc/Crunchy Frog  -  -  - Sounds like: Europop for ADD Americans -  - Short take: Making bite-size electrofunk - palatable -  - Junior Senior, a Danish, half-gay, half-straight - electrofunk duo, is a purveyor of pure enjoyment  and - little else  that never lets thoughts of respectability or - substance get in its way. Having made the world a - giddier place with its 2003 song "Move Your Feet," which - sounded like a revived, hyper-caffeinated Jackson 5, - Junior Senior showed that music doesn't have to exist for - anything more than three-and-a-half minutes of pure - dizzy glee. Ridiculous choruses and Caribbean drums - notwithstanding, JS made some irresistible music, its - technical ability shining through layers of musical - frosting. The Hey Hey My My Yo Yo sophomore - album is probably even better, as a broader and, - somehow, livelier record that searches out the corners of - funk-rock, house and even Big Band.   Matt - Martin
  • Junior Senior

    Hey Hey My My Yo Yo

    Rykodisc/Crunchy Frog

    Sounds like: Europop for ADD Americans

    Short take: Making bite-size electrofunk palatable

    Junior Senior, a Danish, half-gay, half-straight electrofunk duo, is a purveyor of pure enjoyment and little else that never lets thoughts of respectability or substance get in its way. Having made the world a giddier place with its 2003 song "Move Your Feet," which sounded like a revived, hyper-caffeinated Jackson 5, Junior Senior showed that music doesn't have to exist for anything more than three-and-a-half minutes of pure dizzy glee. Ridiculous choruses and Caribbean drums notwithstanding, JS made some irresistible music, its technical ability shining through layers of musical frosting. The Hey Hey My My Yo Yo sophomore album is probably even better, as a broader and, somehow, livelier record that searches out the corners of funk-rock, house and even Big Band. Matt Martin

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