Friday, December 16, 2011

Ready, Set, Pogo!: ICEAGE Revive Punk on this Week's Bsides Wee Hour Classics, CKUT 90.3 FM

White Noise/White Runes: Danish Punks Explore the Ancient Runes of Punk & Post Punk on their Debut Youth Brigade

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With songs averaging between 1:50 and 2:00, these Danish punks come crashing in at glacial magnitudes with their debut album, Youth Brigade. These 17 year olds have really done their homework. There's a palpable innocence about this band and they've done a convincing job of making us believe that sweet spot in the punk and post-punk periods lives on.

Iceage channels Joy Division (via more than just the bandname), the early Clash, the Damned, the rowdy sing along brotherhood style of Sham 69 (Wu Lyf make good use of this too) with hardcore's speed and passion à la Bad Brains. Mix that with the pop-goth sounds of the Cure and the noisy nostalgic pop sounds of the Jesus and Mary Chain, add some Nirvana and you've got an allstar list of Iceage's secret ingredients.

These sprites bring 1979 - 1989 back with a fierce vengeance with their own brand of vim and vigour. Take everything that was great in this period, ball it up into a wak of 12 songs and well, Iceage, half of your fans pogoing at your shows will be in their 30s and 40s. (that is, if they can find a babysitter!)

This Week's Playlist:

No Fun — The Stooges
Trucker's Atlas — Modest Mouse
Hits of Sunshine (For Allen Ginsberg) — Sonic Youth
Ruckzuck — Kraftwerk
Negativland — Neu!
In the Futrure — Brian Eno & Rick Holland
Out of My Mind on Dope & Speed — Julien Cope
Library Pictures — Arctic Monkeys
Time to Reiterate — Duchess Says
Riding Tigers — Slapp Happy
Kiss Me On the Bus — Younger Lovers
Powerlines — Delta 5
Cave Song — Wu Lyf
House Clouds — Liars
Rumble — Link Wray
Big Belly Giant — Tandori Nights
Mafe Karo — Kazi Aniruddha
The Jezebel Spirit — Brian Eno/David Byrne
The Sound Of Sinners — The Clash
Johnny Appleseed — Joe Strummer
Get Lost — Tom Waits
Theory of the Crows — The National
Precarious Stair — Crystal Stilts
Sad Eyed Lady — The Clean
Broken Bone — Iceage
Panda Panda Panda — Deerhoof
Singing In My Sleep — The Chills
Young Urban — Ambulance Ltd.
I Found Love — The Falcons
Diana — Tasseomancy
Scampering the Frontier — Expwy (pronounced Expwee)
VCR(The XX) — The Antlers
Fade Into You — Mazzy Star

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