I can stop buying CDs any time I want, dammit.

Purchased today at HMV’s huge sale:

  • The Sounds — Living In America
  • Talking Heads — Speaking In Tongues
  • Klezmer: A Rough Guide
  • Patsy Cline compilation
  • Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys compilation


All good CDs, but I need to rave a bit more about The Sounds. This
Swedish quintet — Ivarsson, Anderberg, Nilsson, Bengtsson,
Rodriguez? — cranks out rough-edged indie power-pop with just enough
new-wave FM synth mixed in to make you wonder if Blondie’s back
on the scene again. If that’s your thing — and I know you people! —
then I’d encourage checking these guys out. I’m not sure how much
radio traffic the first single, Living In America, is getting, but
this is worth checking out — there’s video and audio available
on New Line
‘ website.

And don’t get me wrong, despite how Maja Ivarsson sounds (and
like Debbie Harry, The Sounds aren’t any Blondie clones. The influence
is there, but they’ve got their own sound and style which recalls
new-wave without leaving the current power-pop world.

10 responses to “I can stop buying CDs any time I want, dammit.”

  1. Good God! My dream come true, Debbie Harry reincarnated into a hot young woman again!

    I wish bands today would stop looking like they just stepped out of the 70s or 80s though.

  2. I can’t! I bought that CD after passing some klezmer-playing street musicians, and it’s a compilation because I didn’t know what to buy. It’s a neat one, though — each tune appears twice in a row, first from an old European recording, and then from a contemporary American recording.