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This is the groups first album. It was released on Happy Happy Birth Day To Me Records (HHBTM) back in 2005. I got a repressing of the album with a different cover that was also limited to 200 copies. The repressing was done in 2009. I found out about this group from Odd Box Records. Their second 100 Club series had a single from this group. I hadn’t heard of the group before but was interested with the name of the group. I looked up their Bandcamp page and listened to this album. It was funny and fun in so many ways. There is a lot of talk of sex in pretty graphic ways, if you are an adult though these songs will be hilarious. They are probably not songs that you want to be listening to at work though. The album has twenty tracks and none of them are over two and a half minutes.

There are some great tracks on this album. I am not sure if there were any official singles released from the album so I will just highlight some of my favorite tracks. The first track on the album, I like, is a great introduction to the band. The song smacks of the sounds found on the 60s and 70s opening songs for the Saturday morning cartoons. It goes hand in hand with the cover for the album. It talks about the simple things in life that one would like to do with their best friend. I am not as much of a fan of the chorus with the simple la-la-la’s that happen but the lyrics of the song are what touch my heart.

The next song that I really like is called Dating Batman. It is a slower song that rhymes on every line. The lyrics talk about meeting Batman and dating him. She then goes on to say that things got strange because he would come back at night smelling like the bad guys. She then goes on to tell the listener that she broke up with Batman because that was uncomfortable in a relationship. It is a very silly story that has very good imagery in my mind.

I really like the cover of the cartoon version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song. It is simply labeled TMNT on the record. To hear a girl sing the lyrics with super indie music in the background is just fun. With the new TMNT movie just out in theaters this was the perfect time for me to have heard this song too. They didn’t change the lyrics either. This version is pop perfection with the right amount of nostalgia.

I like the song Abortion from this album too. The lyrics portray something that has been happening in this country for a long time. The lyrics talk about a boyfriend/girlfriend/couple that are both working part time jobs and can’t afford any kind of insurance who have gotten pregnant. Because of their situation they feel that their best course of action is to just have an abortion. I can’t say that I agree with the people that are being talked about but every ones situation is different. I think that it helps that the groups’ comic spin on the song helps to get the idea across.

I think that the funniest song on the album is one that should only be heard by adults. I don’t feel that it is meant for kids still in high school or below. It is also recommended that the song not be listened to in the work place. The song is called Dirty Song for a reason here folks. The song literally and comically talks about having sex and different ways to do so. The delivery of the lyrics is what I like the most about the song. It also helps that the music backing the lyrics is a fun romp from back in the 50s and 60s.

D In The P is a silly song also about sex but more veiled about what it is talking about. It is a short 33 second track that literally sings “Put the D in the P” in the first half and in the second half sings “Put the D in the P or the A.” The letters mean exactly what you think they do too.

The last song that I am going to talk about is called Do You Want It? (The Sex, I Mean). The song directly references the R&B sound that comes from the likes of artists like D’angelo. The music is programmed drums with a synth bass line. The lyrics are funny in the delivery with this track as well. The drummer sings, “Do want it?” and the guitarist replies “Oh Yeah.” The fourth time around with this the drummer singes, “The sex I mean” and she replies, “No.” The way that she says “No” is so funny. It makes the song perfect.

This is a very funny album with some points that shouldn’t be crossed but they seem to get away with it because of their comedic delivery. I can’t wait to share more albums from them in the future.


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Cars Can Be Blue – Trace the Tension (hhbtm)

Trace the Tension opens with “You Gave Me,” a saccharine love song that references Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and pizza rolls. That more or less sets the tone. Cars Can Be Blue’s thing is three-to-four-chord jangly pop juxtaposed against irreverent, sarcastic lyrics. Somehow the contrast comes off less gimmicky here thanon the last album I heard from them (which brought us such classics as “Retarded Retard”). Underneath the cheekily ironic twee-ness of it all, there’s a genuine sense of aggression and anxiety. “I don’t care about your fucking mouth and all the shit that’s coming out,” Becky Brooks sings sweetly over some poppy “oh oh”s in “Battleship.” The whole aesthetic is like a louder, catchier, cruder Destroy Nate Allen, minus—very much minus—the latter’s weird slut-shaming moments. Fun and worth a listen, if not for the songs then at least for the hilariously awful voicemail samples from someone’s horrible grandma.

–Indiana Laub

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Cars Can Be Blue – Trace the Tension (HHBTM)
I definitely had to listen to this album a couple of times before I “got it.” Cars Can Be Blue plays fun, fast, pop-punk songs that are catchy and get stuck in your head after repeated listens. I especially loved the songs “Lie” and “Poor for Life.” The lead singer Becky Brooks, has a great voice that is playful, melodic and bratty all at once. On “You Should Be Begging” they switch singers and the sound transforms to supercharged garage rock, which I was really into. The lyrics don’t take themselves too seriously and some of them are downright childish “You gave me back my clothes / and made me pizza rolls,” but aside from that, if you like your pop-punk fast and catchy with a garage rock twist, you’ll probably like Cars Can Be Blue.

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