Monday, September 11, 2006

Artist Spotlight: Tonight I'm watching TV on the Radio Return From Cookie Mountain

TV on the Radio is a band that hails from New York City. Unfortunately I can't really elaborate on what exactly they sound like, which is a truly refeshing thing to say. TV on the Radio is unlike anything I've heard before. they manage to capture the essence of so many genres of music, interpret those distinctions in their own way, toss it all into a blender, and pick out bits to craft their songs. Their diverse sound has earned them the label of an indie/experimental band, which in some circles translates into premature death, however one listen and you'll instant know that TV on the Radio is not a gimmick, and it certainly isn't some pimple-faced High School freshman sitting at home on a Saturday night screwing around with his Casio keyboard that he doesn't even know how to play. TV on the Radio is the real deal. There are five core members in the band, however they constaly record and play live witha vast circle of friends including Katrina Ford of Celebration and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. David Bowie has cited TV on the Radio as one of his favorite bands and even recorded back-up vocals for "Province" a track off of their newest release Return to Cookie Mountain. TV on the Radio's slowly-evolving tunes coupled with the instrumentation dynamics that they employ, along with solid lyrics make TV on the Radio certainly one to watch. Now some MP3's so you can see(hear) exactly just what I'm talking about.

TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me - this track is my own personal favorite track off of the new album. I highly suggest you check it out.
TV on the Radio - Dry Drunk Emperor - this song was recorded after Hurricane Katrina and is a jab at President Bush. It was made available free online at their website.
TV on the Radio - Modern Romance (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
TV on the Radio - Staring at the Sun
TV on the Radio - Dreams
TV on the Radio feat. David Bowie - Province
TV on the Radio - I Was a Lover
TV on the Radio - Blues From Down Here
TV on the Radio - Dirtywhirl

Today is 9/11 as I'm sure you all know. What transpired in New York five years ago was truly a horrendous act that affected the world. So, while enjoying the songs of New York band TV on the Radio, keep in mind those who lost their lives five years ago today. And if you're feeling generous, something to help you find the legit charities out there.

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