Thursday, October 11, 2007

Universal Congress Of- Stovetop


Universal Congress Of's limited sense of funk was part of their appeal. It's as if Bootsy Collins was given only a week to prepare a hardcore band for a showcase gig opening for James Brown. When vocals don't interfere with their stilted groove, they evoke the soundtrack of an imaginary punk rock murder mystery. Perhaps it's perverse, but I continue to appreciate UCO and many of their '80s No Wave, pseudo-jazz counterparts. "Stovetop" is from the out-of-print SST release Prosperous and Qualified.

Kristie Stremel finally has a song worthy of her sincere rock'n'roll heart. "Best Kiss" is posted here, as is a fine interview. Equal parts "Crimson and Clover" and "Even the Losers," "Best Kiss" is an immediately satisfying meat-and-potatoes gem.

Kansas City Click: It's no secret that I love Roger Clyne, although "D-Backs Swing," a new baseball song streaming at his MySpace page, is entirely unacceptable. Clyne and the Peacemakers are at Knuckleheads tonight.

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