We Are Scientists's new album, Brain Thrust Mastery, is out in the UK. Brendan, ever the resourceful fellow, was able to get us a listen.
It's pretty amazing. It seems darker than the previous With Love and Squalor, but I love it. I am not going to lie, I might be loving it because I have been sitting around at work all bitter about the cube moving politics drama as I listen to these songs, but that's neither here nor there.
After Hours [of course]
The CD comes out in the U.S. on March 25.
Also new and refreshing in my playlist rotation are Vampire Weekend with Vampire Weekend, also thanks to Brendan. I have trouble classifying and describing them. Guitars and drums of course, but also violins, and is that a xylophone-sounding keyboard melody in one song and a harpsichord one in another? Amanda notified me that they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last Saturday, so I taped the show just for them. Their image and their status as alternative/indie rock musicians was a tiny bit incongruous - their j.crew v-neck cable sweaters made me think of sailing and playing croquet, not rocking out at the 9:30 club. I have to say they are enjoyable though, upbeat, sound like spring and then summer are just around the corner.