Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tennis fever

I'm going to really try to make an effort to get back into the habit of blogging, or at least finish that damn 30-Day Music Meme (does anyone care about it anymore? I just want to complete it just so it's not hanging in my mind as this thing I never finished!).

Anyway, let's talk about stuff I've been digging lately - mostly music-related of course! I haven't been able to stop listening to Cape Dory by Tennis, as recommended to me by Ben at I have 19 voices. I don't think I ever would've discovered this album otherwise! But seriously, when I say "can't stop listening," I mean it - check my charts for the past three months.

Clocking in at 29ish minutes, it's the perfect morsel of pop perfection wrapped up in an album. I love the sweet vocals and harmonies, the simplicity of the songs and the entire album's ability to make me smile, want to dance and sing along. As a side note, though, I have to be honest and say that I hate the album cover - it's far too cheesy and 80's looking. I still need to buy this on vinyl, but I don't want to cringe every time I look at the cover, haha.

Preview two songs via their official Facebook page.

When is the next Dum Dum Girls record coming out?? This EP is killing me with anticipation - it contains three new songs and a cover of the classic Smiths' tune, "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out." Gahhhhhhhh. I love it.

Preview the title track "He Gets Me High" (and some older songs) via their label Sub Pop.

So of course, while I was away on my Seattle/Portland vacation in February, BOTH Tennis and Dum Dum Girls played in Toronto (I also missed Nicole Atkins, but she played on the same day as Dum Dum Girls... had I been around, I think I would've chosen to see Dum Dum Girls?). Worst timing or what? Really hope these bands come back to Toronto soon....

The EP was co-produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes and I would just like to put this out there - if The Raveonettes and Dum Dum Girls were to tour together (and bring the tour to Toronto, of course), I WOULD DIE OF HAPPINESS. I think they'd be perfect tourmates.

I've also been listening to my usual mix of Jenny Lewis/Rilo Kiley/Jenny and Johnny, and SHIT, what about the new Radiohead album? I admit, I haven't played the hell out of it, but it's a damn good album. In fact, I might listen to it right now...


  1. Hahaha @ your comment about the 80sish album cover, I thought the same thing when I first looked at it! I'm like, "hmm, Debbie Gibson meets Bananarama??" :D And oddly enough I've been on an 80s listening kick myself lately!

  2. ha! that's another thing i don't really like about that album cover - it might make you assume things about the music that are totally incorrect! their music isn't remotely 80's-esque AT ALL!