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Monday, May 21, 2007

Free, vaguely cartoon-related indie rock comp available

Posted By on 05.21.07 at 04:40 PM

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For some reason that I can't quite figure out, the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block is offering a compilation of rarities from indie rocker faves like the Rapture, Broken Social Scene, TV on the Radio, and Les Savy Fav. I guess they're just doing it because they can. At first I felt a little Pepsi Blue about blogging it, but the download page actually has less advertising than most sites. (Although the handy "Download the entire album and artwork" link kind of blends in with the sponsorship shout-out.) I haven't gotten through the whole album yet, but I gotta recommend the TV on the Radio track, "Me-I," from their ultra-rare self-released debut OK Calculator. It's super lo-fi—the band recorded the whole album in their loft, a lot of it on a cassette tape four-track—but the main piano riff has this tinny, dissonant Wu-Tang-ish vibe that bangs pretty hard. There's also a video for "Me-I" featuring a dude dressed as a bird, a sandwich with a knife, and some big-time choreography. It's kind of "wow".

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