This is a good month for Talking Heads fans. Tomorrow, David Byrne's magnum opus book on music and technology How Music Works ships, and today, Tom Tom Club -- the band founded by Heads Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz -- releases its first EP in ten years: Downtown Rockers.
Downtown Rockers is just what you'd like from funky pop heroes like Tom Tom Club: a bit silly, with infectious grooves, and a bit of nostalgia. The title track (there are 12 tracks in all: six songs with six instrumental mixes ready for mashing up and club extension) is an ode to the legendary acts of the golden age of CBGB. All six of the tracks make me want to get up and dance. The band's PR notes that "The album was mixed by Ed Stasium, who
also recorded and mixed Talking Heads '77 and umpteen Ramones classics."
Downtown Rockers (MP3)
Downtown Rockers (Vinyl)
Ladder lockdown is a metal tray with super-grippy patches on its underside; set it down on any surface (including ice!) and then set your ladder’s feet in the tray and cinch it in place and the ladder won’t “kick out” and injure you and your loved ones.
Machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) continues his run of collaborations on small, gorgeous kinetic sculptures and fidget toys with the “Netsuke Hybrid Vessel Bead,” a collaboration with Revolve Makers.
There are three more stops on my tour for Walkaway: tomorrow at San Diego Comic-Con, next weekend at Defcon 25 in Las Vegas, and August 10th at the Burbank Public Library.
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