Wednesday night, I went to see one of those bands that's so cool and so good that you really have to wonder how they aren't wildly famous: The Ettes
Their fourth album came out Tuesday, and can be downloaded for 8 bucks here. It's called "Wicked Will", and continues in the same vein of ass-kicking garage rock as their previous three albums. And I continue my run of mostly (though not completely) getting into new bands that happen to be female-dominated. It's not some kind of feminist statement or anything, either. There's just many flavors of indie music lately: quiet & contemplative (gag), noodly stuff that passes itself off as experimental (double gag), sunny pop music that's got a California-dreaming vibe, and good, old-fashioned rock and roll. I'm mostly into the latter two, and for some reason, women are way more common there. *shrug*
Anyway, let's keep doing what's been kicking ass for two weeks now: spending our Fridays rocking and rolling in the Panda Party room on turntable.fm. The format is free-form, play whatever you like. Themes sometimes crop up, and I encourage that, because it's really fun. Two weeks ago, people started playing songs with "Friday" in the title and last week, it turned into a situation where everyone started playing the raunchiest songs they can think of. I was particularly pleased with my selection of Devo's "Penetration in the Centerfold", which goes the distance by using the word "gash". It's a good way to get some music rolling at your workplace on a Friday; I maintain that turntable.fm is a great complement to working at a desk, because it really doesn't require a lot of maintenance.
So come on in, the water's fine!