Monday, October 26, 2009

Contest: Art Brut @ Casbah, 10.28.09

Art Brut return to the Casbah this Wednesday night in support of their latest release, Art Brut vs Satan. The record and tour are getting rave reviews and you can read and see some of that if you 'keep on reading', but the bigger point of this post is to tell you that I have a pair of tickets to giveaway. Shoot me an email with subject "Art Brut". Include your name and phone number. Must be 21+ to enter. I'll select a winner Tuesday evening. Princeton and Northern Towns, two awesome bands in their own right, will open the show.

Art Brut Play SAN DIEGO At Casbah On 10.28
Art Brut VS. Satan Out Now To Rave Reviews On Downtown Records

Play WNYC Soundcheck

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NPR : “Art Brut vs. Satan, Argos goes back to what he knows. When a song titled "The Replacements" appears, it's already the third of four consecutive tracks about rock 'n' roll itself. There are only two cuts about love, and soon enough, one of those ("What a Rush") moves on to the subject of music, too”

“Argos doesn't claim to live clean. Art Brut vs. Satan begins with one called "Alcoholics Unanimous" and ends with one called "Mysterious Bruises," keyed to the wonderful line, "I fought the floor and the floor won." But there are also several songs about being young and poor — or, in the case of the one called "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake," being 28 and still eating nothing but cereal.”

Pitchfork : “If they can't topple vague, pasty, barely breathing background rock from the charts, at least they can sing gloriously doomed songs about it.”

“Argos proclaims: "I fought the floor and the floor won." Satan always wins. The beautiful people and their sycophants will always outnumber lovable losers. But this is a record I like.”

Alternative Press : (**** 4 Stars ) “British indie outfit regain their charm/snark balance. Art Brut Vs. Satan is compelling for three crucial reasons. First, Black Francis—a guy who knows something about charging guitar rock—produced the sessions. Second: The guitar subterfuge of Jasper Future and Ian Catskilkin (the only good components to 2008’s rather dismal It’s A Bit Complicated), drive home these songs with a renewed enthusiasm. Lastly, frontman Eddie Argos’ sing-speak ruminations are inspired once again, whether he’s reminiscing about his youth (“D.C. Comics And Chocolate Milkshake”) or riffing on his allergy medications as on the loose jam “Mysterious Bruises.” His delivery is open-ended enough to confuse his intention (sincere? snarky?), which was the very reason their debut, Bang! Bang! Rock ’N’ Roll, was so engaging. With luck, “one Zyrtec, two Advil and a drink” will replace “that’s what she said” as 2009’s catchphrase of choice. “ Jason Pettigrew

Spin : “In a world where nothing is a metaphor, singer Argos still just digs "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshakes," "The Replacements," and records that are "Slap Dash for No Cash." And as long as he does, the band behind him will give him three chords and a wink.”

Rolling Stone : “On Art Brut's third album, Argos is in his usual form, waxing wittily about suspended adolescence, hangovers and, in "Slap Dash for No Cash," hack musicians: "Why is everyone trying to sound like U2?/It's not a very cool thing to do."”

Billboard : “The English rock act Art Brut has established itself as the class clown of the indie scene, creating lightweight punk songs with a sarcastic edge.” “The seven-minute closer, "Mysterious Bruises," is Art Brut's most ambitious song to date, but a funky guitar hook and thoughtful lyrics make it a highlight.”

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