Thursday, July 24, 2008

Black Kids Ride New Wave

2008 is definitely the new 80's, or maybe it's just a reaction to the Bush years? In any case it seems like a lot of acts, both major and minor, are borrowing some elements from the 80's. First I fell in love with the keyboard-driven 80's-style synth-pop of Cut Copy. Then I heard that EP by the Cool Kids, which actually made me fall in love with a 2 year old Spank Rock record.

Well this week in indie-rock we were finally able to get our hands on the full-length debut from Black Kids. These Floridians have been making waves ever since the release of their Wizard of Ahhs EP. As you might have guessed, it has a very 80's new-wave sound. In other words, lots of keyboard sounds, mixed with Robert Smith-like vocals, on top of disaffected, post-punk dance beats.

The, inappropriatly named, Black Kids will be showing Mr. David Letterman their stuff on the Late Show tonight (Thursday). So set your TiVo to record the last 10 minutes of Letterman that way you don't have to watch his whole dinosaur hosting thing for too long.

Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Black Kids - Hurricane Jane
Videos and more after the jump...

The new album by the Black Kids is called Partie Traumatic and you can buy it directly from their MAJOR label, Columbia. Wow how does a group of mostly white people from Florida get signed to Columbia with a name like Black Kids? Well their cooler than cool music probably has something to do with it...

You can stream their music by clicking this audio player link from their website.

You can also watch these videos:

Black Kids - I'm Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You video via YouTube

Black Kids - Hurricane Jane video via YouTube

I've embedded this widget from Columbia Records, it's a major label so I don't really trust it. Like see how it says "Free Download" sure it's free if you sign up for their mailing list...which is Free with a catch. See how they do that?

the Cool Kids have a free mixtape. The link was in their MySpace blog.