Ryan and Matt listen to and discuss Shamir’s Ratchet.
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Okay, so, first thing’s first: I love this album. It’s much more in my wheelhouse than any of three flavors of white male singer songwriter on the last few episodes even though I really like earlier work from all three of those artists. (I do need to go back and comment on those episodes though.)
Also, while listening to this episode I was wearing a Ladytron shirt from a show at Club Firestone in Orlando in 2006, when I was living in the East Orlando suburbs and attempting to survive the first of what ended up being two junior years of college. Which is one connection; their images and climates may be drastically different but the levels of engineered vacation-destination artificiality and disastrous real estate speculation between Orlando and Vegas are quite similar. That night was also one of my life’s heights of hot messitude, though I won’t go into how for TMI reasons. Anyway thee opening act was the Brazilian band CSS (aka Cansei de ser Sexy), whose self-titled first North American album had just come out Sub Pop. I know I’ve talked about them with TFT intern Amanda Jorda; Matt & Ryan probably at least know their song “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” which was featured in commercials for both the iPod Touch and the Microsoft Zune. Attitudinally I see them as an important step leading to Shamir even if the sonics remind me more of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, and Kele Okereke’s post-Bloc Party solo albums on the dance songs and (as you said) contemporary R&B on the slower ones. I think the amount of irony in the lyrics, especially, connects Shamir more to Lovefoxxx than to Ke$ha.
This episode made me hope that when you go back to the historical overview you’ll at least discuss New Order a bit, because I would say that they did the “imposing pop song structures on EDM” thing first. Like almost literally first.
This album is basically the non-gibberish version of Midnight Vultures.
Oh hell yes it is!
I wonder how someone as all over the map as Beck fits into the TFT frame.