Wednesday, November 05, 2003

Thunderstorms that keep interrupting uploads shall not stop me from posting two tracks from New York City's Laptop's 2003 album, which is in the process of getting overlooked as people begin assembling their best-of lists. The record is called "Don't Try This At Home" and it contains more of Jesse Hartman's cynical and catchy synthpop (think again if you're thinking Magnetic Fields). With added guitars this time out, some might say it sounds a bit like the new Dandy Warhols album, except the Laptop album came out first.

I note that there's a teensy blurb on the band in the November Mojo, so perhaps the media blackout is beginning to lift. If ever a guy deserved to get the Strokes treatment, it's Jesse, who's been at it for years, first as Sammy and now as Laptop. He still gets ignored in his hometown, but if you have a chance to see him live (with his band of backing dominatrices, I kid not) I'd advise doing so. Here are the first two tracks from Don't Try This At Home. First is Want In, and second is Back In The Picture. Please listen to the lyrics and marvel at a man who can work "my difficult little shiksa" into a catchy song about a one-night stand.

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