Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NYT: Generationals are nifty

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Congratulations to New Orleans' best — OK, only — pure pop band, Generationals, who made The New York Times' Nifty 50 list (basically a print version of America's Got Talent, minus Sharon Osbourne, plus Maureen Dowd).

“Con Law,” their delectable debut, shimmers with the music of the British Invasion, Stax soul, Wall of Sound production, 1950s doo-wop and California-dreaming jangle filtered through a contemporary indie-rock lens. ...

[T]hey share twin passions for their hometown’s rich music heritage — Widmer cites the legendary New Orleans producers Allen Toussaint and Wardell Quezergue and the engineer Cosimo Matassa — and late-20th-century fare (the Replacements, Squeeze and Aimee Mann). ...

So how does an analog-based band — albeit one with a MySpace page — react to finding its music the subject of so much digital-based blogosphere hype on sites like Pitchfork? “What’s Pitchfork?” Widmer asks. “I’ll run a search for that on AltaVista.”

Widmer: Zing. Gensler: Clever, but no.

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