At least one person has e-mailed me to note the irony that I’m hosting a panel tonight (Tue., July 22) about fertility issues even though I don’t ever want to have kids myself. Nonetheless, as a fan of comic books, Muppets, and Star Wars, I can still appreciate some things created for kids.
The kids’ show Yo Gabba Gabba, for instance, apparently sometimes has cool alternative rock bands as guests. Thus, Shiny Toy Guns, whose ominous “Le Disko” I’ve praised before (a song that has more than one video and that was used to good effect in a sexy, Matrix-like ad for Raza cellphones), appeared on the show (p.c.-ishly referred to simply as the Shinys) looking and sounding decidedly different from their usual intense, serious New Wave/Stefani-like selves.
Of course, Shiny Toy Guns have varied their sound before, as shown by their cover of “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
And speaking of New Wave-ish performers varying their sound, Michael Grace, formerly a member of My Favorite (and once a debater at Lolita Bar himself), performs this Thursday, the 24th, 9pm at Galapagos (North 6th St. in Williamsburg), with his new band, Secret History, which he says sounds more like early Roxy Music — which is fine by me, given one entry in my recent list of my six favorite songs. I don’t know if they’ll be as good as the Lou Reed Berlin documentary now playing at Film Forum, but I bet they’ll be more melodic.