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Shittly Little Disco

Rating: 8/10 ?

June 23, 2006
I have a fairly enjoyable day job working for an interior design/architecture firm. It's my first foray into the salaried "grown up" job market and, as scared as I always was at the thought of growing up and working forever, I have found it's a great fit for me.

There are about 20 people in the office. Most are young and have a sense of humor - and our clientele is made up of the richest people in Chicago (which means, when they bring gifts it's usually something decadent). There is the perfect amount of free time between projects and assignments, so my day to day is never bogged down by one specific thing. I also have enough time to write up reviews when I get an idea. The one drawback to the job is a new employee who, if I'm not on a project, works at my side. I know this may come back to me at some point, but I thought it would add to my review today.

When I begin listening to an album with the intent of reviewing it, I like to give it two listens all the way through and then begin writing down ideas of what the album makes me think of. It's usually pretty easy to do when I'm on my own. Lately I've been fairly busy outside of work and not so busy inside of work, so I've been trying to do more writing while here, but I've found it to be impossible. No matter how many times I mention it, this new girl listens to music on her computer far too loud. I sound like an old man saying that, but it's true - I'm not the only one who complains. How can I focus on the music I'm writing about when all I here is "Karma Police" blaring out of her shitty computer speakers ten times a day? It's not that I mind Radiohead - far from it, in fact - but the same song over and over will drive anyone batty, no matter what the song.

Thanks for letting me vent. I doubt Todd Goldstein has ever had to work with someone like this.

New Yorker Todd Goldstein is the fellow behind Arms and he's one of the kindest folks I've ever had an email exchange with. Based out of Brooklyn, Todd has his hands in a lot of different hipster music projects, both creating and writing about music. He plays in local Brooklyn bands Harlem Shakes and The Sea & The Gulls. He also writes for the music websites Flavorpill and PopMatters. Seems like a busy fellow. How could he ever find the time to create such a lush seven-song EP, and presumably do so by himself? It says he had a few friends play with him in the recording, specifically Brian Betancourt on bass, Sam Lipshultz on drums and Leah Beeferman throwing some vocals into the mix, but one would assume that Goldstein did most of the work solo. Seems like a busy fellow, indeed.

"Whirring" kicks the EP off with a dramatic start. It's as shoe-gazey as it is indie-rocking.

"Superday" is the most upbeat and emotional songs for this summer. You'll fall in love when you hear it.

It's hard for me to say what the exact appeal of Shittly Little Disco is, but there is a strong one. At times the sound is similar to Superchunk with the perky guitar chords and clever lyrics, while the title track sounds like it was taken from a My Bloody Valentine session. All of it has more life in it than anything else I've heard this year. Being only seven songs in length, I feel like this entire EP could be my "Karma Police" if only I were a heartless numbskull.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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