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The Caribbean = DC locals!

I only have Instrumental Analysis to blame for my recent addiction to the Caribbean. Don't take this to mean anything, I'd just like to point out that they're (The Caribbean, that is) a very grim looking bunch. Maybe they've spent to much time riding the metro with the morning rush hour crowd who always have exactly that look on their faces, every one of them reading the Washington Post, all of them united in complete silence.

Onto the music.

In "Bees, Their Vision and Language" we're told of a science experiment designed to discover if Bees can detect color. "The Go From Tactical" deals with equally technical subject material, albeit in a more low-key way. The lyrics in both have the potential to make the songs awkward, a nerd's experiment with guitar-based music gone horribly wrong (at least there are no synths involved). But it works, with jangling guitars, interesting vocal arrangements, even some handclaps. I'm hooked (and they're playing Iota in September! Why not August?), plus some more dates elsewhere.

The Caribbean - The Go From Tactical [alt link]
The Caribbean - Bees, Their Vision and Language [alt link]
Buy their albums from Insound (Populations out October 2nd)
The Caribbean's Website/Myspace

While I was in Arlington last week I picked up a copy of The Beanstalk Library's promo cd at CD Cellar, and have been enjoying it a great deal. It's catchy, and fun - America at Night is their debut. They're playing DC9 on Sept 11 with the Winter Sounds.

The Beanstalk Library - Elephantitis
The Beanstalk Library - Fake It
Buy America At Night from CD Baby
The Beanstalk Library's Website/Myspace

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