August 30, 2007


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You Say Party We Say Die, Lose All Time
Paper Bag Records, Aug. 21
Hipsters know that the result of Tokyo Police Club fronted by Exene would sound quite a bit like Romeo Void, and it’d be an easy sell to casual CMJ readers, if not to their parents, who’ve already been there. Nevertheless, the scene could always use more wasp-down-your-shirt agitation, what with all the tiresome, unintentionally discordant indie-pop out there. (Text IH8MUZC to us if you’d like a two-foot-tall stack of it, which would include Grand National’s latest disaster in triplicate.) YSPWSD’s sophomore release is more explosive than 2005’s Hit the Floor, squaring off against Erase Errata for the no-wave title belt in a few places (not that that automatically spells an improvement, particularly given the bouncy infectiousness of “Gap Between the Rich and the Poor,” Floor’s bread-and-butter track). “Downtown Mayors Goodnight” is this year’s “Gap,” making the best use of Krista Loewen’s funeral-home keyboards, which can be a buzzkill at times. Singer Becky Ninkovic’s best “Never Say Never” moments come during “Opportunity.” B-Eric W. Saeger.