“The Combination Is Explosive” by Tango Machina (10)
“Sha La La La La” by Heavy Young Heathens (6)
“Bad Days” by The Flaming Lips (3)
“Home” by Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes (2)
“Deadbeat Summer” by Neon Indian (2)
“Hubris” by Quixote (2)
Question: Did I do something to upset you all, or did you just not like this batch of songs?
Congratulations to Tango Machina as the first repeat winner of the Speakend Playlist.
Last week’s champion as voted by you: Tango Machina
Tango Machina is a hard rocking trio from Monroe with a Queens of the Stone Age type song writing style and a no bullshit attitude. Where some bands will try to blind you from their sub-par tunes with bright lights and shoddy stage antics, Tango Machina will rip your eyes out with songs that cut to the bone. “The Combination Is Explosive” is one of those tracks and a newly recorded version will be included on the band’s upcoming EP. But for now…
“The Combination Is Explosive” by Tango Machina
There is little information on this collection of Beantown bandits. The band started as a two man dorm room jam session back in 2007 between Joe Stulpin (vocals/guitar) and Evan Murphy (drums/percussion). As time passed the pair began adding friends to their sessions, Anthony Valera and Justin Veders, and eventually started recording the band’s self-titled debut album in the dank basement of a hair salon (I don’t who owned it). The intricately weaves together simplistic melodies and rhythms with squealing vocals. The best to describe this next track is Gyspy-Punk, similar to that of Gogol Bordello.
“Hubris” by Quixote
Ed Sharp & The Zeroes have taken the American Folk-Rock scene, the hipsterverse, and the entire continent of Australia by force. Alex Ebert, also the front man of Ima Robot, and Jade Castrinos lead this 19-person (musicians, management, hype-men and women, etc) drifting musical Utopia, and have quietly grown it into one of the must see acts by traveling the world in a giant white bus. The band’s 2009 debut album Up From Below peaked at number 86 on the charts in the land down under and at 187 in the U.S. You may have heard this next song in a 2010 NFL commercial
“Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
Neon Indian has made its name on the strength of its 2009 Chillwave masterpiece Psychic Chasms. If John Travolta tossed on his Saturday Night Fever garb and got funky to “Stayin Alive” on the alien space craft Will Smith shot that nuke out of in Independence Day to destroy the extra terrestrial menace…you’d have something similar what Neon Indian does. The heavy bass explodes out of the speakers and quakes you to the core. Polomo twists nobs on a sound board electroshocking the audience with eerie groans and squeals all the while singing Pop-based melodies. The next track is the cream of this crop of songs.
“Deadbeat Summer” by Neon Indian
The Flaming Lips have grown into one the greatest American live acts to grace an arena near you, not because it’s the best or most talented at what it does, but because of the messages of love and peace the band sends, how much this act cares about its music and its fans, and because Wayne Coyne and company have resonated with the masses of freaks that reside in cracks and crevices of this US of A. This next track comes from The FLips’ 1995 record Clouds Taste Metallic, and you may recognize it from the most underrated Batman film, Batman Forever.
“Bad Days” by The Flaming Lips
The brothers Mardo (Aron and Robert) have rebirthed a similar type of bluesified, garage rumbling, Rock N’ Roll that was conceived by the White Stripes a little more than decade earlier in the Motor City, with a flare and distortion influenced by life in L.A. Although Heavy Young Heathens have not yet made a huge name for themselves in the world of music, the band has come through loud and clear on your television on MTV’s The Jersey Shore with the songs “Who Do You Think You Are” and “Bass Makes Treble,” as Ultimate Parkour Challenge, another MTV production, with the track “Jackie Come Lately.” This next number is off the band’s 2009 self-titled full length record.
“Sha La La La La” by Heavy Young Heathens