nothing gets you high anymore
As my voyage out to NYC (next week) approaches, my excitement for the July 29 Rocks Off Concert Cruise with RANA is growing each day. A couple days ago, I found out that another great up-and-coming Brooklyn band has been added to the bill, as Sam Champion will be playing an opening set. Now it's more than a show, more than an event - it's gonna be a serious throw down & I can't wait! Tickets are still available online, if you're interested. Here are a couple of Sam Champion tracks from their upcoming debut album, Slow Rewind (linked from the band's official website):
MP3 Sam Champion - "Company Dance"
Sam Champion is made up of Noah Chernin (another NYU alum) on guitar & vocals, RANA's Ryan Thornton on drums, and Jack Dolgen on bass. Noah is definitely channeling Malkmus quite a bit, and the band cites Pavement, Wilco & Neil Young as their primary influences. In other words, they sound a lot like upbeat Silver Jews (circa America Water). Notice the generous use of cowbell at the end...you can never have enough.
MP3 Sam Champion - "It's Getting Late"
According to their website, Sam Champion "tries to uphold the aloof aesthetic of early nineties rock music your older sibling(s) brought home from college." I suppose they do a pretty decent job of upholding that ideal. Yeah, their music may be a lot like a stripped-down version of Pavement, but I freakin' love Pavement - so I don't think that's such a bad thing.
Filed under completely unrelated, check out this feature from ESPN.com's Page 2: The Vengeance Scale. It measures revenge on a scale of 0.0-10, mixing plenty of sports, pop culture, and pro wrestling examples along the way. It's pretty amusing. Thanks go to mr rosen for the solid heads up.