Monday, September 20, 2010

Music Monday: Matt and Kim

During a week in which Kanye West's introspective douchebag song and Gaga's meat curtains...oops, I meant dress-o-meat, topped the headlines in the music industry, I'm choosing to focus on the antithesis of such artists, the Brooklyn duo, Matt and Kim. Though relatively obscure outside indie circles, the band's since been thrust into the spotlight after NBC used their single, "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare," on promos for their sitcom, Community, Bacardi featured the song, "Daylight," in one of their commercials and most notably, when the band stripped down to their birthday suits in the middle of Times Square in the music video for "Lessons Learned." But unlike the aforementioned artists, Matt and Kim don't need gimmicky acts, relying instead on transfering the same frenetic energy of their live act into their infectious brand of dance-punk music.

Meeting while attending Pratt Institute, the band features Matt Johnson on keyboard and vocals and Kim Schifino on drums. From the band's upcoming album, Sidewalks, set to be released on November 2nd, "Cameras," is the band's first single.

Although technically a mash-up from the talented group, The Hood Internet, it'd be a crime for me not to showcase this track combining Matt and Kim's "Good Ol' Fashion Nightmare" and "Rump Shaker" from the legendary New York band, the Beastie Boys.

And for posterity's sake, I've decided to end with the notorious "Lessons Learned" video, where the couple run naked in a chilly and crowded Times Square. Hope you all enjoy and have a happy music Monday!

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