Single Take: This Song Is Awful/Awesome And You Are Stupid for Liking/Not Liking It (Here Lies Man, Los Angeles Police Department, Xiu Xiu, Drahla, OCSs, US Girls)
Single Take is a Reviler feature where multiple people give a passing glance at some new music and causally rank it somewhere between 1 (Justin Beiber) and 10 (really amazing). Fun, right? Check out the latest installment below and feel free to tell us who stupid and out of touch we are based on our opinions. Arguing on the internet: the greatest of American traditions.
Here Lies Man – Sorrow Tears and Blood (Fela Kuti)
Should anyone cover Fela Kuti? Probably not, but if you do (and you’re not related to him), it pays to add some different wrinkle to the song. I dig the Sabbath guitars that add some crunch to this cover and have dug other things by this band, so I’m inclined to dig this track.
Los Angeles Police Department – “Drugs” (Live)
I was trying to remember what the lead in the song reminded me but was too distracted by the flip flops.
Have liked some of their stuff in the past but this is too gooey, too polished and just lacks anything that feels real.
Xiu Xiu takes on ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”
Not nearly as off-kilter as I had hoped, but still a quirky-yet-funky take on this greasy classic.
I am fascinated by John Dwyer and company. Even when the song doesn’t totally float my boat (like this track), I always know it is something real and the music is from a genuine place. While I’d prefer clanging garage-punk, I appreciate this past (and now current) version of the band that explores softer, more melodic avenues.
I like this quite a bit and have always felt that the U.S. Girls’ sound scratches and itch that I didn’t know I had. I hope the rest of their new record is this good.