I first read about Harlem Shakes a few days back in a post-Southby recap published in the New York Times; while the words I read kind of had me at hello, it wasn’t until I finally listened to their music that they had me. They remind me of different predecessors (Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, Grandaddy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, even Stereolab) at different times and while this happens upon occasion every now and again, rarely does it just remind me of awesome music because it’s just plain awesome, rather than derivative or just plain derivative.
Here’s a couple jams from their most recent effort, Technicolor Health, which is just plain awesome.
Harlem Shakes “Strictly Game”
Harlem Shakes “Sunlight”
Harlem Shakes will be playing a few shows here and there in March/April:
- Mar 26 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York
- Apr 11 2009 DC9 Washington, Washington DC
- Apr 16 2009 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Apr 18 2009 Williams College w/Deerhoof Williamstown, Massachusetts
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers “Roadrunner”
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”
Grandaddy “The Crystal Lake”