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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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A.Dd+ – Suitcases

11-20-2012

In the past four years, the Dallas, TX rap scene has brought us an interesting mix of artists.  On one hand, we have “talent” like the GS Boyz known for being the creators of every white girl’s favorite dance moves the Booty Dew and the Stanky Legg. I certainly can’t think of any other moves that allow me to lean wit it and drop wit it quite like the BD and SL but let’s be real, these guys were never going to change the rap game. Around that same time, some true Texas talent emerged on the scene. Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy are an up-and-coming rap duo better known as A.Dd+. They have been dropping mixtapes since 2009 but they received mainstream media props in 2011 when they released their debut LP, When Pigs Fly, which is produced entirely by Dallas producer, Picnictyme. A few days ago, they finally dropped a track off their upcoming release, DiveHiFlyLo: The Mixtape, which is also produced  by their go-to, Picnictyme. Suitcases has that old-school rap sound with a simplistic beat and repetitive, sythy keyboard sounds. It’s another A.Dd+ banger!

Word on the web is that these guys killed at SXSW last year so I’m hoping they’re back at it again this year. Wait And Scene is going to “pack it up” can give you that new news straight from downtown Austin!

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