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There is no song that could have been more perfect for today. Mondays are always tough but this one especially so because it was my first day back to the daily grind after a two-week vacation.

I mostly feel I had a good day… It wasn’t that GREAT.

Naw, it was fine. I have one of the best jobs ever but I really REALLY like vacations; it’s one shocking trait that makes me unique from everyone else in the world. Today I needed a new upbeat track to remind me that, despite the necessity of a full-time job to support my music addiction, life is pretty great. These guys delivered!

I’ve been listening to New York indie Ra Ra Riot for ye ye years…weak, Jenna, weak. I was one of the lucky (read: super hip) ones that got their first self-titled EP (cop this) back in ’07. Dying Is Fine and Ghost Under Rocks continue to be a couple of their best tracks and their cover of Kate Bush’s hit Suspended in Gaffa on the 2008 debut LP The Rhumb Line (cop that) is still so beautiful…I say that as if music gets progressively ugly over time. (“Yikes! Looking rough, Pachelbel’s Canon, you haven’t aged well.”… “Pssst, I think Symphony #5 had some work done.”)

See, it’s still purrdy..

Ra Ra Riot’s new LP Beta Love comes out on January 22 through Barsuk Records. They’ve been releasing tracks over the last couple months to let us know what we’re supposed to know about the album in a couple week’s time…because bands are really bad at keeping secrets. First we heard the title track Beta Love, then we heard When I dream, and now we’re hearing the opening track Dance With Me. They all sound great but so far this upbeat, dancy track is my fav.

They’re going on tour in support of the new stuff right after the album release. Check out the tour dates here. Wait And Scene will be at the Portland show on February 9th at the Wonder Ballroom. Will you? If your answer is yes, come and dance with me pretty, sweet fool, I wanna be your…toy?…wait…that got creepy real fast. Anywhoooo….

Voici.

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I think the proper British term for how I was feeling on Saturday night would be absobloodylutely gobsmacked! alt-J are truly the dog’s bollocks!

…that last slang felt awkward, but I dare you to use it on a regular basis. If people think you’re a wanker, you can tell them I dared you and direct them towards this article. It’s sly blog networking, people!

A Little Background

alt-J  a.k.a. (how very Prince-eque!) are a British quartet that don’t really fit into one genre. Are they alternative? Indie? Rock? Folk? Electronic? Hip-hop? Pop? Experimental? Unique? I like to think they’re a dash of everything. The delta sign is created when you hold down the alt key on your keyboard and press j on a Mac computer. The band reported that, just as it does in mathematical equations, the delta is used to represent change. It’s the most hipster and bad-ass of all band names! Their debut album An Awesome Wave (cop it) was released at the end of May 2012 in the UK and us sorry North American’s didn’t get see it released until September. I think we can all agree, 1. Thank (deity of choice) for the internet and 2. It was worth the wait.

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Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, and Gwil Sainsbury. Not pictured: Thom Green on drums

About The Magic That Was Their Live Show

My live music bender continues…

My friends and I arrived at the Star Theater a bit before show time and secured some spots really close to the stage. The venue is small but it has a lot of character and the acoustics are always on point. I’d never been to a sold-out show at this venue and let me say that I was happy that we turned up early. By the time alt-J hit the stage, the place was packed to red velvet draped rafters but I think the tight quarters had a lot to do with the utter awe that I felt Saturday night; we got to see a big band in a small venue and few things are as special as that.

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