Crown on the Ground, Hands Up in the Air
A video of Brooklyn duo Sleigh Bells doing "Crown on the Ground" at Le Poisson Rouge about a month ago, via this guy. Every single dynamic change in this song is great. Guitarist Derek Miller used to play in Poison the Well, a band that did very different (but, paradoxically, similar!) juxtapositions between melody and abrasive noise--their The Opposite of December 1999 debut is not as far away from Sleigh Bells as one might think. Alexis Krauss, the other Sleigh Bell, is a schoolteacher. Everything on their MySpace slays. We are loathe to mention CMJ at this point but this was probably the band that everyone really missed, us very much included.