January 27, 2008

I Don't Wanna Grow Up.

Lately I've been listening to music that was either created by or marketed people under the age of 12, which I guess is strange, but I am strange...

My favorite of these artists are Care Bears on Fire. CBOF is a pre-teen trio from Brooklyn, New York who play a refreshing blend of catchy, raucous punk rock. Although the oldest member of the band is only thirteen-years-old, CBOF are veterans of the Brooklyn indie scene. The group has been playing together since 2004, formerly performing under the name Nada Clue. In 2007, the pint-sized punkers got exposure from various musical outlets, and their single “Everybody Else” was even been featured on a Converse shoe commercial. While the members of the band aren't musical virtuosos (sometimes the drumming and guitar solos are choppy) they play with impressive skill for their age. Their unique blend of power chord packed rock demands to be played with songs like “Met You on Myspace” (the story of meeting a 300 year old unicorn via Myspace --i love it!) and “Five Minute Boyfriend.”

I'm also obsessed with this song. It's quite possibly best song I've heard all year.

Operator Please- Just A Song About Ping-Pong

Baby-core anyone?
I recently noticed an inordinate amount of rock music for babies. Several companies (including, Rockabye Baby! and Punk Rock Baby) specialize in making instrumental lullaby covers of popular bands. The NY Times even did a write up on this trend. On iTunes, I sampled their Radiohead album. It was quite nice. Since Radiohead already has a lot of soothing song structures ("Karma Police" and "No Surprises"), the transition from the originals worked within the lullaby context. However, Nine Inch Nail's "Closer" has no business being turned into music for babies...tsk tsk.

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