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The Mini-Listen #1

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Every so often I get a huge pile of musical ‘stuff’ on my desk…CD’s, singles, articles, reviews, notes scribbled down during the drive home, etc. It all goes into my music ‘in-box’. To be ‘processed’ later.

Well, now’s the time. The pile has grown too large. So, here we go with a new series I’ve dubbed The Mini-Listen.

“Talk To Me, Dance With Me” – Hot Hot Heat

The next step beyond the ‘new’ garage rock movement? Successors to The Strokes, The White Stripes, The Hives, etc? Man, this tune really reminds me of the New Wave era. Maybe it’s the Robert Smith-like vocals. The snarky Gang Of Four-ish guitar line doesn’t hurt either. And geez, is that a synth I hear? The rhythm section is fun too (I’m a sucker for a great guitar riff).

Does this style work in a full album context? I just may have to find out.

(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)

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