With TV Girl signing a label deal we (read: I ) expect Trung and Brad will be taking their music to bigger and what we (I) all assume will be better places. That sounds like a knock or a neg but I mean no harm. What it means is that with added visibility it will be hard for the duo, who are now a full on fleshed out band, to continue down their sample pop path. Legal pads and douche bags can squash that kind of crafty sound. Knowing that their current mojo is about to go the way of the dodo TV Girl decided to give us all a parting gift that would make Alex Trebek cream his pants. That gift is “The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle”, a free “mixtape” to be had by all for all at their bandcamp.
This mixtape is no mixtape mind you. It’s an album full of original TV Girl music that is soaked in killer (“Pump Up the Volume”) samples, old girl group lyrical references, and throbbing beats. The mixtape vibe is drawn from the way they expertly packaged the tracks. Flowing in and out of each other there is a gelled cohesive vibe that begs the listener (me) to keep the TV Party (Black Flag references abound!) going from beginning to end.
The opening piano in album closer "All a Dream" might be the best use of a sample ever. Those fuckers got me. I laughed out loud (no I did not LOL) and that is a rarity for a jaded robot like me. Laughter turned into uncontrollable head rocking that made everyone at the Charlotte airport wonder if I was getting into some exciting NASCAR news.
If this is the original incarnation of TV Girl’s swan (’s Crossing) song than everyone should hold back their tears and instead give them mad Cheers.
This shit has got me Danson.
Don’t worry if you think the party is over. TV Girl will be back after these brief commercial interruptions so no flipping!
PS: Love TV Girl's free and tasty mixtape as much as me? Well how's about paying it forward and contributing to their Kickstarter. They're looking to get a functioning van for their first ever national tour. Kick in some cash and feel better about yourself for an hour or two. I say we all go in on a $400 donation and get them to cover Gotye's Someone That I Used to Know. That song is ripe for a remake don't you think?