I don’t care if the buzz band of the moment, circa 2006 (what’s up, 17-year-old me?), is no longer the buzz band of the moment, I still like Tapes ‘n Tapes. Ignoring the blogosphere’s inevitable backlash of the group they propped up as gods when I was in high school, I popped the Minneapolis band’s debut album, The Loon, into my car’s stereo this afternoon and remain blown away by their stuff, whether it’s the weird Pixies-indebted offerings like “Insistor” or bluesy instrumentals like “Crazy Eights,” the album works for me. The masterpiece, though, is “In Houston,” with its strange circus-inspired lyrics and doom-laden guitars.
Awesome, eh? Listen, enjoy, comment, etc.