January 27, 2008

Today's Hotness: Benge, Superman Revenge Squad, The A-Sides

>> As we loaded up the disc changer this morning with birthday brunch-appropriate Belle & Sebastian, our eyes wandered to the right in the row of CDs and noticed Benge's sublime platter of understated electronic music, Meme Tunes. It's a very fitting record for a quiet morning with a surprise inch or two of snow. Benge -- recommended if you like ISAN or the more bleepy Morr Music acts -- is the nom de clicks of British electronic music veteran and Expanding Records principal Ben Edwards. Meme Tunes was released in 2002 -- some four years after Benge issued a Very Best Of... set -- and we reviewed it for Junkmedia right here. Listening to and enjoying immensely the set this morning inspired us to check in at the Expanding Records web site and it appears Mr. Edwards' output slowed substantially after the release of Meme Tunes. After releasing nine records in six years or so, Benge has only issued one more; a tenth called I Am Nine was released in 2004 (the Expanding site refers to this a Benge's ninth record -- we guess the label doesn't count the Very Best Of... set). Last.FM has maddeningly short samples of the tracks on I Am Nine here. In case it is snowing where you are, here is an MP3 of "Adam-Age Loneliness" from Meme Tunes.

Benge -- "Adam-Age Loneliness" -- Meme Tunes
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[buy Meme Tunes from Expanding Records here]

>> UK-based online music 'zine God Is In The TV will release a re-recorded version of Superman Revenge Squad's "Idiot Food" Feb. 18 as the fourth installment a free digital singles club, according to this blurb. The track is backed with new versions of "The Angriest Dog In The World" and "When Everyone's Dead." The boundlessly bitter and remarkably verbose Superman Revenue Squad's "Idiot Food" has to be our favorite song with the word "diarrhea" in it. Readers may recall we devoted a fair amount of digital ink to the Croydon, England act and its stellar pre-cursors Tempertwig and Nosferatu D2 last fall here, here and here. God Is In The TV pronounces that the new versions of the tracks sound ace, so we are eager to have a listen when the appointed date rolls around.

>> Philadelphia-based indie rocker The A-Sides launch another strand of tour dates at the end of February in support of their 2007 release Silver Storms, according to this item at Pun Canoes. We still haven't seen the band perform, despite following their trajectory for the last few years. As the dates posted below attest, this tour will not change that -- the band is heading due west from Philly. But one day... Silver Storms was one of a bunch of records we discussed in this post concerning 2007 releases we wish we'd had more time to write about.

02/20 -- State College, PA -- Bar Bleu
02/21 -- Cleveland, OH -- Grog Shop
02/22 -- Bloomington, IN -- Bear's Place
02/2 -- Chicago, IL -- Subterranean
02/24 -- Ames, IA -- Maintenance Shop
02/25 -- Milwaukee, W -- Mad Planet
02/26 -- Minneapolis, MN -- 7th Street Entry
02/27 -- Omaha, NE -- Slowdown
02/28 -- Lawrence, KS -- Replay Lounge
02/29 -- Denver, CO -- Hi Dive
03/01 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- Kilby Court
03/04 -- Portland, OR -- Holocene
03/05 -- San Francisco, CA -- Bottom of the Hill
03/06 -- Costa Mesa, CA -- Detroit Bar
03/07 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Spaceland
03/08 -- Upland, CA -- The Wire
03/10 -- Tucson, AZ -- Plush

>> We'll be back Wednesday.

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