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Tuesday, February 09, 2010 

Hot Chipapalooza

So the new Hot Chip album, One Life Stand, is really amazing. I mean, really amazing. 2010 is already shaping up to be quite good year, but I think One Life Stand will rank highly for me at the end of it, and I am very excited to see them live in April.

For the second time in as many weeks, Pitchfork has beaten me to the punch (although this time much more narrowly), and Scott Plagenhoef's review of One Life Stand is one of the few I've seen that's a sensible take on the album, and not just because (like me) he loves it; most of what I read from more measured commenters, including friends of mine, doesn't resemble the album I've heard at all. And Pitchfork is also hosting a brief featurette on the band, too, which is worth it just for This Heat's Charles Hayward's appearance. This Heat, Robert Wyatt, Peter Gabriel, house music, Bill Withers, Prince... if nothing else, you can't fault the influences they're drawing on.

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