Here it is. My last Album of the Week recommendation for 2008! And what better way to close out the year than with a little Starf**ker. Come on, say it. You know you want to. Starf**ker!!
The debut album of this Portland-based group has grown into one of my favorite listens these last few weeks. The band’s dreamy, tranquil grooves are just the right anecdote for these foggy, wet San Francisco days of late. It’s just downright refreshing and fun from start to finish. Their lyrics are whimsical and kooky – but never kitschy – bringing a smile to my face with every listen. From the hilarious ‘German Love‘ (I’m gonna give it to you) and the completely nonsensical ‘Iaadeedaa’ to the obsessively catchy ‘Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second’, this album has me hooked. Now go get your groove on.
As with most indie music festivals today, there’s typically a stage dedicated to the electronic/dance genre. It’s not my usual scene but some of my best festival moments have been enraptured in the energy of a full-fledged, 80s flashback, dance your pants off set from groups like Chromeo – who’s performing on Saturday. ‘Cuz you know, sometimes is so bad it’s good. Here’s a video for ‘Fancy Footwork.’