The new one by the men with no spelling skills, Miike Snow is "Happy to You" and it's on Universal Republic. There's nobody named Miike - no matter how you spell it - rather it's a trio of Swedes and their friends, all of whom are machines playing well crafted electronic pop. The song "Vase" would've been strangely appropriate when Rummy was explaining the looting of the priceless Iraqi antiquities at the outset of the second Iraq War and "God Help This Divorce," is syrupy proof that Al Bundy was right when he noted, "There are no good ones," and also a hook-filled pop gem making these guys a certainty on any Year End List. In the Cool-Stuff-You-Can-Do-Without-Guitars-Department, these guys are Exhibit A. Love them - so did 45,000 people at Coachella who caught their set.
Rockin' Roll Call
Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
He is the tall guy lurking in the back of all the local rock shows.
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