They're such a new band that Genius hasn't even picked up on them yet, but I still have to share, because they're so amazing. Last night, we went to see The Hounds Below, and it was one of those all-enrapturing, amazing shows that you wish every show could be, except that if they all were, then you wouldn't have those stand-out shows. This is just a shitty show video that someone took of their first single "Crawling Back To You" (which they had for sale as 45s---250 pressed, so I had to grab one), but even in this, you can see how great they are:

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The lead singer is also the founder of the Von Bondies, and I guess he's just decided---wise choice, this one---that you can't beat the 50s rock sound. They channel Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, but they also do so while covering modern songs by the Pixies and the Mekons (plus original material). It was amazing. Here's their MySpace.

So, in honor of that show, my Genius Ten is based on a Von Bondies song. Leave yours in comments, or comments on whatever you like. Open thread.

Original song: "Tell Me What You See" by the Von Bondies

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1) "When I Hear My Name" by The White Stripes

2) "Tick" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs

3) "What's Mine Is Yours" by Sleater-Kinney

4) "Shout Bama Lama" by The Detroit Cobras (who we're seeing next Friday, whee!)

5) "Cuts Across Land" by The Duke Spirit

6) "Work Work Work (Pub, Club, Sleep) by The Rakes

7) "Blood On Our Hands" by Death From Above 1979

8) "Underdog" by The Dirtbombs

9) "She's White" by The Electric Six (this band is so trashy that they're kind of a guilty pleasure)

10) "My Friend Goo" by Sonic Youth

Videos below the fold.

Last night followed a pattern my friend Mel laid out jokingly years ago: First band (that you've never heard of) kicks ass, second band sucks, and then there's the band you came to see. This formula only tends to kick in if you specifically came to see the last band and haven't heard of the openers; doesn't apply in other cases. The second band wasn't terrible; they were just uninspired pub rock, though I did like their Radio Birdman cover. But we really liked the first band Eula, who were heavily inspired by No Wave and the artier side of post-punk.

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It sort of makes me sad that the trend in indie music buzz circles is to push lick-heavy pop music, because while I certainly like that stuff, I wish occasionally that more daring stuff like Eula got pushed around. Maybe the explosion of Sleigh Bells will change this.

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And to play a band that actually popped up in my Genius Ten:

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