I complain a lot about my distaste for many electronic/noise bands on this site. It’s true- I’m bad at liking that kind of music and I feel like a critical failure. But Black Dice and Blues Control? These are two absolutely fantastic electronic noise outfits. Black Dice use all kinds of warped noises and twisted bits of unrecognizable sounds to make songs that crunch in your ears. To me, Black Dice are trying new things and creating music that’s innovative, challenging, but also inspires common emotions in listeners. So much new noise/electronic music I hear just makes me cranky, but definitely not Black Dice. (I’m guessing a lot of this problem stems from the fact that listening to a mediocre punk band or power pop band is a pretty easy thing to do, but listening to a mediocre noise artist is more difficult to less trained ears- it’s a more challenging genre to begin with.) Blues Control combines some really sick guitar parts with churchy-sounding keyboard parts to create extremely fun songs that I want to be playing behind me during epic commutes to work- like when you just get on the Q train before the doors slam shut. They’re from Baltimore and have been around for a long time and deserve way more recognition than they get.
Oh My Rockness says that McDonalds consists of members of Oxford Collapse. I can’t find any evidence of this on the Internet, but I’m a lazy googler. If this is true, I am SO EXCITED. Oxford Collapse broke up last year (or two years ago now?). I’ve continued to listen to their music, and every time I hear it I realize more and more what an incredibly talented band they were. The songwriting on those albums is just bananas, honestly on par with some of the more classic 90s alt rockers. So, I’m hoping that they’ll be playing a similar type of music, but who knows. Oh yeah, and that Avey Tare guy, you know, from Animal Collective, is DJing.