Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Introducing the Weekend Six-Pack

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Introducing the Weekend Six-Pack

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Byline: Eyder Peralta, The Times-Union

I've caught myself, more times than I can remember, plopped on my couch and wasting my time watching meaningless countdowns: Best Albums, Sexiest Person, Steamiest Moments, Greatest One Hit Wonders. It's VH1's forte, and every time they're on, I'm hooked. No, the comments made on there aren't particularly insightful, and normally when that dude from Ed is on, it's not particularly funny. But I'm always hooked, and I don't know why.

In honor of the Top 10s and endless countdowns, I'm trying something new this week: The Weekend Six-Pack, six random things that caught my fancy that I want to pass on to you.

The six-pack can be anything: It can be a dope B-side (as is the case this week) or a killer local act that I happened to catch some random night. This'll be something I'll consider doing every month, so let me know if you like it, or if it's a flop, like Gigli -- or even worse, "Macho Man" Randy Savage's cheap attempt at a rap album. So, here it is, for the first time:


1. Modern Girls & Old-Fashion Men -- Fear not, it's not another Britney video. It's the B-side on The Strokes new single, Reptilia. In it, The Strokes have found their Nico. That is, they've invited Regina Spektor to provide vocals along with Julian Casablancas. The end result is a band with much more depth and weight. Spektor's Bjork-on-helium highs foil Casablanca's lows, and the crashing cymbals, signature tube-talk vocals and chopped-up riffs bring the Strokes into Coldplay in Politik territory. It's a welcome change for a band that stuck to its guns for its latest release, Room On Fire.

2. Songs -- Regina Spektor is a New-York area artist and part of the anti-folk movement. She's torn and sometimes broken in a very un-Natalie Imbruglia way. She's a Russian immigrant with bushy eyebrows and a hell of a new release: Think Bjork with the vocal control, literacy and sensibilities of Fiona Apple. …

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