#FridayFinds: Thao and The Get Down Stay Down
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Thao and The Get Down Stay Down bring elements of folk rock to the party without forgetting to ice down the keg with experimental noise and world music. This band is smart, charming and fun as all heckfire. One of the best things about the band’s latest release We The Common, are the rough edges. For me, those edges are magic and near perfect. I find myself yelling along to one part of the song Move where midway through Thao yell-sings “TO BE FREE” over the din of purposefully off-kilter strings and horns. If you can listen to the title track We The Common and not get those woo-hoo-ah-hoo-ah-hoos stuck in your head afterwards, you may be a demon robot.
Influences range from the Talking Heads to traditional Chinese music, making this album arguably the band’s strongest release to date. Dig into Thao Nguyen’s back catalog and you’ll find lots of great stuff including a collaboration with soulful singer Mirah & a terrific cover of Yo La Tengo’s You Can Have It All that will make you sweat.
The band will be at Fitzgerald’s with The Wheel Workers on Wednesday August 13th get your buns there & dance.
What’s #FridayFinds? Every Friday, I post new albums from artists we all love, or new artists that maybe we don’t know yet. Expand your music library and maybe even learn more about the artists that you live in the city you’re from.