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)
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