Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Next Big Thing: Javelin

I’m loving everything about Brooklyn-based duo Javelin: their Odelay-chillwave-hip hop sound, the fact they share a name with both a Japanese goth band and a 1970s New Jersey rock group, and for sure the videos of a couple live performances embedded below. On a sour note, I just found out that they’ll be in Toronto on the same night I already have tickets to see the Toro Y Moi / Ruby Suns show, so I’m not sure what I’ll do, because as you’ll see from their videos, their live shows look like they’re a blast. And so is their music, a blast from both a Kurtis Blow past and a PlayStation future. “Oh! Centra,” from an album coming out next month on Luaka Bop, shows off their groovy, wilder side, complete with Salt-N-Pepa hook. Oh!

Javelin: Oh! Centra (from Pitchfork)
from the upcoming CD No Mas

And for more new sounds, make sure to subscribe to my latest podcast, JeffMix2010.02.21 (also on iTunes), featuring music from Drive-By Truckers, Los Campesinos!, The Radio Dept., and Jónsi, among others.

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