We've been trying to come up with palate cleansers for the 2006 4th quarter rap feast, and cheap table wine didn't really do the trick. So this Sunday we're heading over to The Echo in LA to have our tongues scraped by two bands from the lands of Bush and Arnold. Indian Jewelry, from Houston, put out Invasive Exotics last year, and it sounded like driving across West Texas in the middle of the summer with no air conditioning, maybe a big stinky dog breathing down your neck. Lots of grinding synths and trebly drum programming layered over drawling vocals. Hot stuff. Oakland's Clip'd Beaks, on the other hand, were a bit more groovy on Preyers, but no less abrasive with the synthesizers. We're not exactly talking Dance Party USA when dudes are dropping lyrics about Abu Ghraib, but they'll still get you moving. Plus, it's like, if you can't see the direct lines between This Heat and DJ Screw, then maybe you need to do a little more homework.
January 05, 2007