I always through Tegan & Sara were a cutesey little indie folk thing who did their bit while twee girls and boys swooned. But while at the gym a few weeks ago, I was caught off guard by this synth-soaked, gyratingly catchy dance number I dismissed as another quick fire radio grab by some fresh faced band plucked by greedy A&R suits from obscurity. Alas, it was Tegan & Sara going dance pop.

It was quite….. good. And as strange as it is to admit, I’ve listened to this song a plenty and still enjoy it. I won’t be listening to the rest of the album (c’mon man, I’ve got some self respect) but this song, well, good enough for me to have watched the only 3-4 minutes of Ellen’s show I’ve ever watched.

Fat Mike needs to write another song, maybe this time about creepin’ out Tegan.


New Screeching Weasel album, First World Manifesto, due March

Don’t look now but the latest incarnation of infamous Chicago punk band Screeching Weasel will release its first studio album in ten years next March. Ben Weasel had been keeping fans updated on the progress of the new album through the last few months but it looks like the concrete details have now been revealed!

The new album, titled First World Manifesto, is due out March 15, 2011 via Fat Wreck Chords. It will be the first album since 2000’s Teen Punks In Heat and the first for Fat Wreck since’s 1998’s Television City Dream (which was recently re-released via the label). Here’s the word straight from the Weasel’s mouth;

“So we’re back in the fold. But coming back after a ten year layoff? Believe me, sportsfans, nobody knows better than me what it’s like to try to hop back in the saddle after a, uh, “hiatus” and reclaim your former glory, so we’ve pulled out all the stops on this one. From pure pop-punk ditties like “Baby Talk” and “Frankengirl” to point-and-laugh-at-the-punk-rocker anthems like “Little Big Man” and “Follow Your Leaders,” this is everything you could ask for from the band the humorless twats love to hate and the cultured, refined connoisseurs of quality rock and roll love to love. The album is titled First World Manifesto and will feature 14 songs. Mike Kennerty is producing and Justin Perkins is engineering at his studio, Mystery Room, and at the Blasthouse here in Madison. The album will be out March 15th.

The band’s upcoming touring plans have also been given a bit of a stir, with Weasel saying that no international dates are on the cards just yet, but if anyone wants to make an offer, feel free; “if you want to see us play somewhere, even in some third world country like Ireland or Canada, make an offer, or have the blokes in charge do it. We’ve been having a blast playing shows again for the past year and a half and we’re looking forward to more of the same in 2011 and beyond!


Australia needs this.