After a quick trip to the Jersey shore last night/today to party a bit with some friends, I did some quick catchup with my room-mate Jay. We haven’t had an whole lot of time to chat since he got back from London last week, so part of our conversation was some media syntonization. I got him into our new movies being hosted on my Mac Mini media center…he reciprocated with some new tunes. Jay’s a music industry major at Drexel, and since he has an incredible passion for good music (and a collection of tracks thats pretty mind blowing). Two new albums found their way onto my iPod tonight:
Both of these bands are part of a relatively recent genre recreation, which we like to call “dance rock”. Original members of this genre include bands like Depeche Mode and more upbeat tunes from The Cure. More recently bringing the genre some massive attention would be The Killers, whose album Hot Fuss always makes me want to get drunk on wine and dance around in my underwear. Not that I do, but thats the kind of fun that I visualize along with their songs. Anyway, Rock Kills Kid reminds me a lot of The Killers. Their album Are You Nervous? is very fun, fast, and listenable. Men, Women, & Children do something different with the genre…there’s still alot of twangy fast guitar riffs, but some of their sounds remind me more of recent favorite of mine, Panic! at the Disco (whom I’m going to see next weekend at Festival Pier in Philadelphia).
I really like having Jay back in town for a lot of reasons, but his musical recommendations to keep my listening habits fresh (and in turn, helping me continue to seem cool) rank near the top of the list of things he’s good for :-).