I’m not sure how many of you picked up (okay, maybe “picked up” is a little bit arcane, I take that back, and replace it with “downloaded illegally but without an ounce of remorse”, because that’s what we’re all doing these days, myself not exempted) the I’m Not There OST. But it was pretty awesome, I downloaded it solely for the purpose of getting a taste of Karen O and the Million Dollar Bashers

I’m pretty much a musically-inclined stalker, you see. And wherever Karen goes, I go, musically speaking. I followed her to Native Korean Rock, had a brief spurt of depression when I was left to wait years between Yeah Yeah Yeahs albums, and now, with It’s Blitz! my thirst for Karen has been quenched. Musically, that is. 

I downloaded it illegally a couple days ago, and I have been listening to it non-stop (with the only exceptions being that I just got the entire Sufjan Stevens discography, as well as that one Black Kids album, you know the one). I hated Zero (which was my first taste of the album, via YouTube video) the first couple of times I heard it, and I only stomached it on mute, watching Karen on full screen. Creepy, right?

I have changed my views on Zero now, and I come at your from the other side of multiple listens to the album. It’s definitely what I’d call different. No longer acoustic, more electronic, closer to Metric, but still tip toeing away from CSS’s sophomore. The electronics, and the newly integrated piano almost make you think you’re not listening to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, until Karen starts, that is. Nick seems to have taken a backseat on this album, but I could be wrong… maybe he plays the piano (he has the moody pianist haircut)?

As per usual, it’s a solid Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, highlights outweighing low lights without dispute. I can never listen to a YYYs album and figure out what the next single will be; and it’s partially why I love them. An album with more than two songs that are radio worthy? Those don’t exist. As Sara of Tegan and Sara would say (maybe on a little show called This Just Out), those are like unicorns! 

They’ve lead with Zero, I’m hoping Heads will Roll will follow, but I could be wrong, as I’m often wrong. Other highlights, without simply giving you the track listing, of course, include Dull Life, Hysteric, and Soft Shock.

“Pick it up.”



This is really all about the video. Everyone knows I love Karen O, except for maybe Karen herself. And as It’s Blitz! is now out, we have four odd minutes of Karen. 

Seems like Yeah Yeah Yeahs are taking a new direction… and I think I like it, I’ll just work on my Gold Lion acoustics until the next, less dance-y album.

Without any further ramblings, Zero:

O, Karen O.

If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m borderline obsessed with the lovely and talented Karen O. Karen, bless her extremely attractive soul, is the lead singer of one of my favourite bands, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. She has done a couple things on the side which I’m ecstatic about as well (I’m Not There soundtrack, anyone?). And while I cannot find Fever to Tell on vinyl anywhere, I still consider myself a diehard. And if ever given the chance, groupie.

My friend Ben Derksen & I were at a Blue Jays game a month or so ago, and seeing as baseball can be (you know, at times…) unbearably boring, we played the “5 celebrities” game. I’m sure there’s actually a  real name for the game, but that’s what I’ll call it now because of it’s straight forward nature. Anyways, you pick 5 celebrities you’d hook up with, no questions asked. Needless to say, Karen O topped my list. And for a damn good reason, I mean, have you seen her in the Christian Joy catalogue? Hubba hubba.

(First written on 18/06/08)