Guilty Pleasures, Here We Come!


Various Artists
Guilt By Association Vol. 2 / Engine Room Recordings / BUY

While we here at the Rind feel pretty firmly that one need not feel guilty for liking cheesy pop songs (seriously, you should see some of our playlists), the idea behind this second volume of covers from Engine Room is a great one – indie artists cover their favorite songs that others might deem “un-indie” and therefore “uncool.”

We’re going to ignore the subjectivity of all that and get to the songs. Move over Marilyn Manson, because Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) delivers a totally creepy version of the Soft Cell classic “Tainted Love,” making it sound more like a spy theme than a new wave song. Check it out here. Speaking of new wave, Rafter’s take on the OMD hit “If You Leave” is sparse in a good way, while Cassettes Won’t Listen offers an electro-poptastic version of INXS’ “Need You Tonight.” (more…)

You And I Have A Lot To Be Excited About


As Pitchfork recently reported, New Zealand new wavers Cut Off Your Hands are set to release their debut LP, You And I, in the US via Frenchkiss on January 20th.  Like the band’s sophomore EP, Blue on Blue, You and I was produced by Suede’s Bernard Butler, and features the bouncey, razor-sharp rock that’s been winning over fans since 06. Fresh off a string of successful CMJ shows, the band is currently touring Europe and Australia, before they’re slated to return to the US in 2009. While that’s certainly a long wait, “Happy As Can Be” oughta tide you over for at least 4 minutes…

MP3 : Cut Off Your Hands – Happy As Can Be

Tracklist after the jump.
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Passion Pit Tour, Blog, Continue To Build Crazy Expectations For LP1


In between recording sessions for their obscenely-anticipated 2009 full-length, Boston buzz beneficiaries Passion Pit are keeping up a feverish pace in support of August’s Chunk of Change EP . After a slew of highly-regarded CMJ shows, and a run of sold-out west coast dates with French electro-pop starlet Yelle , the band has announced a live schedule that should see them through the remainder of the year and into early ‘09. But before they embark, they’re, you know, finishing that record of theirs. And if you’re eager to check on their progress, the boys got you covered with their recently launched studio blog . Give it a look, and then scope out the tour dates below the fold.

MP3 : Passion Pit – Sleepyhead

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Duel-tide Cheer: The Hives + Cyndi Lauper!


If you’ve been anywhere on the internet lately, you’ve already heard the news . Indeed, overtaken by Holiday spirit, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper have teamed up to record the song A Christmas Duel , duo on December 1st in the UK and one day later on December 2nd in the US.  As an early present to fans who have found themselves being particularly awesome this past year, the single will be exclusively available for free download via the band’s website throughout Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 28th through Sunday, November 30th. While some would expect one of those warm-your-toes-by-the-fire-while-snuggling-up-to-your-loved-one-between-sips-of-hot-cocoa-and-smooches-under-the-mistletoe type of songs, The Hives and Cyndi Lauper offer more of a unique take for this holiday season.  Let’s just say that the pair get a little scrappy.  It also features a piano.  Yay.

The Hives explained, “It may sound weird and come as a surprise to some, but we had to.  It came to us.  It landed in our lap and was way too good to shake or toss.  We knew we had to record it.  A sign if you will.” Cyndi Lauper offered “this goes to show even rat sideswipers can have a good Xmas too.”

You Can Try And Run But…


The Exeter-bred punk quartet, The Computers, got some well deserved recognition when Radio 1’s Mike Davies brought the group in for a session. It didn’t matter that they only had a two-track single to their name – their unique blend of blues and hardcore and great energy grabbed him immediately.

Now several months later, their Fierce Panda debut, You Can’t Hide From The Computers, tears into it as if Chuck Berry’s sensibility was overwhelmed by 80’s hardcore. With raving reviews about their captivating live performances, The Computers dive into rock n’ roll solos that avoid the predictable. Pulling influences from Elvis Costello, Rocket from the Crypt, The Hives, and The Bronx, this brand of infectious commotion is breaking new ground in the landscape of aggressive music being spit out of the UK.