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 V.20 No.9 | March 3 - 9, 2011 

Song Roulette

Songs from KC Strangler Joel Sanchez

Joel Sanchez doing his little turn on the catwalk
Joel Sanchez doing his little turn on the catwalk

New band the KC Strangle is made up of former members of Jet Black Summer, Into the Quick and Your Name in Lights. On Saturday, March 5, the band debuts at Burt’s Tiki Lounge on a bill with SuperGiant and Lousy Robot. KC Strangler Joel Sanchez was kind enough to give his music library a spin—below are the first five random items to appear.

We’re Only In it for the Money

1) “The Idiot Bastard Son” • Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention • We're Only in It for the Money

“What can I say? It's Zappa. I put this in the category of ‘sitting in a lawn chair at sunset in front of your trailer off somewhere in the desert, while sipping Mescal’ music. This would go good with a chaser of ‘Knights in White Satin.’ ”

2) “Myops Coin Ops” • The Apes • Oddeyesee

“I would liked to have seen this band live. They were from D.C. and toured with At The Drive-In for a while. My description: wizards falling to darkness, accompanied by the blackest of organ tones in the key of D & D.”

3) “How Much I Feel” • Ambrosia • Life Beyond L.A.

“I believe this was their biggest hit in ’78. I'm sure Hall & Oates heard this song and immediately stepped up their game. Then, Steely Dan came along and showed everyone how it was done. Fact: Ambrosia is the Greek word for the food/drink of the gods that gives ageless immortality. Hope you like classic rock and smooth jazz stations. Thanks to bands like these guys, you're going to be hearing these songs for a long time to come.”

4) “How It Ends” • Devotchka • How It Ends

“It's not enough to say I love this song. I love this whole record! I saw them play at Launchpad a couple of years ago and was blown away. Shortly after, I noticed they had a song in the movie Little Miss Sunshine. Big hit. They then followed that up with a spot on a Coachella concert lineup. What a quick climb to popularity, and well-deserved. The mood of their music takes me back to my Mexican villa right off the Baja coast. Wish I were there right now. And one more thing. Tuba players, you now have a future in rock and roll.”

5) “Whoo! Alright—Yeah...Uh Huh” • The Rapture • Pieces of the People We Love

“This track is by far the best on this Motown Records release. I recommend going to your local hi-fi home audio store, purchasing the biggest B&W speakers they have, back that up with ridiculous power amps, invite all your best-looking friends and crank it up ’til the party patrol shows up and doesn't care that you and your friends are over 21, or that you are at your own home.”


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