There are three records I thought a lot about including in my best of list this year but didn’t make it…. “We Started Nothing” (The Ting Tings) Bright, optimistic, catchy English electro dance pop. The chanteuse sings with a thick, quite hot British accent.
Last night at Studio B, Tigersushi’s Poni Hoax put on a little party for us. They sounded great, played with an austere setup of two keyboards, a guitar, and a backline, and their singer is balding and wore bad sunglasses…. Leaping around to his own band’s fantastic soundtrack, I remember thinking that I liked that my first reaction to seeing this guy performing was enmity, because despite any visually induced prejudices I may have wanted to bring to the table, there I was on the floor fully dancing with my friends in rapt enjoyment of music that a band was unabashedly good at making.