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Thursday, April 21   >>

THEY'VE GOT THE 9-16 DEMO BY THEIR PINK SHOELACES

Someone asked me what I've been listening to lately.

Marvin Gaye's What's Going On? has been on loop in my room. An album that just grooves so, so nicely. I love it.

The Shins' latest (Chutes Too Narrow) is something I dismissed after a couple listens last year; ever since I heard it again recently, I've regretted doing that, especially after a classic performance they did on Austin City Limits. It was great and I can't stop listening to them.

I got the Violent Femmes' first EP out of sheer curiosity a couple days ago. It's good.

One thing that I cannot stop listening to, though, is Jellyfish's Split Milk. WOW what an incredible album! I highly suggest picking this up. A friend sent it over to me last (I believe it was) November. What an excellent pop rock album, I tell you. It's full of heart and great power. It's whimsical and yet so musically sophisticated. Get it on Amazon.

Enough of that.

Last Saturday night, I went to see Rooney headline at the incredibly small joint known as the Chain Reaction. I went with a couple people who are fans and, well, let's just say I was one of the tallest people at that club.

One thing I noticed about Rooney is that their audience is very, very young and very, very vaginal -- meaning that they're all mostly girls (mostly). Why they don't attract more walking boners is kind of strange given that they can shred pretty well and handle their pop tunes in a raw, live setting.

While I'm still not converted, I can easily say that it was entertaining to see how being touched by a rock star can affect a hardcore fan.

"OH. MY. GOD. I HAVE HIS SWEAT ON MY SHIRT, I'M NEVER WASHING THIS!!!"

Direct quote from a fan.

It was rather cute because the band does a very, very good job communicating and connecting to their audience. They all seem like good guys who want to please their fans as much as they can, and that's sort of rare in the pop world today.

Albeit campy, they were fun to watch, even as a person who only knows one song that goes "sh-sh-shaken."