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Friday, January 25, 2008

90 Days 'til Coachella - Architecture in Helsinki

"You know... the architecture in Chicago... always brings to mind the question... How many words have the third letter to be 'k'?"

So said a very far gone Butthole Surfers bassist in a video called Blind Eye Sees All - Butthole Surfers Live in Detroit.

So what does Architecture in Helsinki bring to mind? I'm still trying to figure that out. They're definitely not one of those bands you'd imagine to have mass appeal. Something between a more listenable version of Animal Collective and a less listenable nod to Oingo Boingo or B-52's or something. Like a lot of bands I like these days, the percussion gives a more than subtle nod to Talking Heads, and I can appreciate the fact that they're just weird enough to piss off the squares while the more open-minded among us will eventually be shakin' it to the infectious rhythms of songs like the ones on 2007's Places Like This.

They kinda look like Belle & Sebastian, ya know? But with the hormones in the right places. And unlike the foppy Scots, they don't eschew the electronic psychedelic goodness. Truth be told, we'll probably all be soaking in it. And that's just fine with me.


bereweber said...

hola sr. perro malo
i like this idea very much of posting the Coachella bands on your count-down to Coachella
very neat idea!
woof!! and gotta find some videos of these guys
oh here's one!
woof und over ;)

Maashu said...

Yeah, I've been meaning to do this for years, but this year, I'm so damn old I decided that I'd better get hip or break one.

See you there!!!