TV on the Radio 
Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
/touch & go; 2004/



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AHhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. i'm drunk. 


I spent a lovely evening/night. March looks like the "well, i'm not as desperately unique as i thought i were" month. and it feels nice. 


They didn't play TV on the Radio at that party. not catchy enough i guess. I would love to be able to play some songs off "desperate youth, blood-thirsty babes" at some party but it wouldn't work. The songs are great, but they lack the danceable song chromosome. It's not really a bad thing though. there are already so many records i can play at parties. 


I spent last summer listening to TV on the Radio's debut ep, along with the Wrens' The Meadowlands and the Constantines' Shine a Light. "Staring at the Sun" is one of the most impressive songs i had heard then, and it still is. They put it on the album, i would have considered that a mistake or a misstep if the song was not so damn good. But, far from capitalizing on already released material, TV on the Radio really succeed in impressing with new material. "Ambulance" is just voice. no instruments, layers of a cappella singing, barbershop style, dumdumdums and ooooooohs. "King Eternal" is a groovy bassline and oppressive drums. My favourite song off the album is "Poppy," with Sonic Youth-esque guitar lines, a barbershop bridge, a gorgeous chorus and a beautiful climax. 


At first listening, TV on the Radio sound cold, despite Tunde Adebumpe's warm voice. They sound like rain falling on the pavement, the sonic equivalent of a bare neon sign in a desert street. That's why i like them so much: it's music for lonely city souls, cold at first sight, but really warm inside. 


-Barbara H

/apr 1st 2004/