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Spears Recommends

By Alex Spears

For this set of recommendations, I have decided to simply recommend albums that I think are a lot of fun to listen to. These albums have unique and interesting sounds, have very catchy songs, and are generally quite up beat. Enjoy!

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World

Death From Above

One of the best shows that I saw this summer was Death From Above 1979 at Riot Fest. After an almost 10-year hiatus, with the exception of a few festival gigs, Death From Above 1979 had finally returned with a truly amazing show, and a fantastic album. This album features powerful vocals, heavy and distorted bass lines, and fast-paced punk drum beats with a bit of a dancey flare to them. It is worth noting that all of this fantastic sound is just two guys: one on bass and synths, and the other on drums and vocals. Despite these limitations, the band puts out a sound that could rival any 4-piece band out there. This is a truly excellent album; the tracks on this album are fast-paced, up beat, heavy, and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

Favorite Tracks:

Train wreck
Cheap Talk
Right on, Frankenstein
Nothing Left

Gogol Bordello – Pure Vida Conspiracy

Gogol Bordello image

Last year in Media Studies, Mr. Darvasi came into class one day and told us that he had seen a fantastic band the other night called Gogol Bordello. He told us that this band’s genre could best be described as “gypsy punk.” This immediately caught my attention; throughout the summer I got really into Gogol Bordello, and they rapidly became one of my favorite bands. The first time I heard their latest LP, Pure Vida Conspiracy, I was completely blown away. It was the same Gogol Bordello that I had come to know and love, but the songs were more powerful, catchier and seemed to be far more personal. This album incorporates a punky chord structure and rhythm, and combines it with traditional “gypsy” sounds. This makes for a truly fun, catchy, and upbeat sound that you cannot help but dance and sing along to.

Favorite Tracks

We Rise Again
Lost Innocent World
My Gypsy Auto Pilot

Die Antwoord – Ten$Ion


About half way through the last day of Riot Fest, I decided to take a break and sit down on the grass to recuperate. After 10 minutes or so, I heard the most strange sound coming from the distance. I heard the sounds of heavy techno music, with the sounds of a woman with an extremely high-pitched voice rapping over top of it. This sound immediately piqued my interest and I ran over to the stage. Ever since this show, I have been listening to a lot of Die Antwoord. Their second album, Ten$Ion, shows them at their best, with upbeat electronic beats and melodies, fun rhymes, and truly bizarre music videos to go with it. These songs are so catchy and energetic that it is almost impossible not to bounce up and down and sing along while listening to them.

Favorite Tracks

Never Le Nkemise 1
Fatty Boom Boom
I Fink You Freaky
Baby’s On Fire

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