Dance Punk

The Golden Age of Knowhere

Artist: 
Funeral Party
Label: 
RCA Records

Funeral Party formed out of the LA underground dance punk scene in 2004 and this is their debut album release.  They named themselves after the Cure song of the same name. This whole album is high energy dance punk.  I remind me of the Vines and Strokes sort of mixed into one.  ***Some of the best tracks are unairable so I recommend looking the censored version up online. **** (for tracks 1,5 especially!!!)

Sounds Like: 
The Vaccines, Little Comet, Chapel Club, Joy Formidable, Bombay Bicycle Club
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
10/25/2011

In the Grace of Your Love

Artist: 
The Rapture
Label: 
DFA Records

This album is still pretty dance-y, but the lyrics are more serious... the frontman wrote most of the songs in mourning of his mother's recent death, and I would say that theme consumes the entire album. It features gospel and jazz influences combined in their typical electronic sound on previous albums. "In the Grace of Your Love" (the title track) is the stand out of the album, but it's 5 minutes and 34 seconds long (but well worth every minute) so be aware of that if you wanna play it.

Sounds Like: 
LCD Soundsystem
Sounds Like: 
YACHT
Name: 
Marcea Decker
Date Reviewed: 
10/19/2011

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Artist: 
Does this Offend You, Yeah
Label: 
The End Records

Does this Offend You, Yeah is a badass UK band, as evident by the number of non-airable tracks (those songs are amazing though so you should give it a listen).  This album has a wide array of sounds: from very slow and quiet (2, 10) to more rap-y (8), to straight out alternative (3).  It sucks because the really great songs are non-airable...but there are still some good PC goodies in this!

Sounds Like: 
USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)
Sounds Like: 
Muse
Name: 
Erin Ogram
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2011

Sidewalks

Artist: 
Matt & Kim
Label: 
Fader Label

Matt & Kim have another album! Located in Brooklyn, the duo began recording in 2004. Their brand of happy pop songs have brought them popularity, from "Daylight" in the Bicardi commercial to the breakthrough video at the 2009 VMAs for their "Lessons learned" where they stripped in time square. In the video they were tackled by the police....that was not staged. This album is not lo-fi like the previous records, were it was basically just drums and keyboard, but is still very good

Sounds Like: 
Katy Perry (more recently)
Name: 
Erin Ogram
Date Reviewed: 
11/24/2010

This Is Happening

Artist: 
LCD Soundsystem
Label: 
Virgin/DFA

Three years after the release of LCD Soundsystem's "Sound of Silver," my expectations were perhaps unreasonably high for anything that followed, but rightfully so. The predecessor of "This Is Happening" was without question, a near-flawless release. Although this album is decent in its own right, it still leaves a bit to be desired and can take a few listens to truly begin enjoying (at least it did for this listener).

Sounds Like: 
the Rapture
Sounds Like: 
Hot Chip
Name: 
Adam Guerrero
Date Reviewed: 
07/22/2010
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