This New TV On The Radio Song Is Fantastic In Way Too Many Ways For Me To List

tvontheradio.jpgNo, seriously, it is: It starts off with a twitchy bassline that reminds me of the Au Pairs’ finest moments, then opens up into this absolutely gorgeous, string-laden track that sounds like it’s meant to soundtrack a sumptuous dream, the type that results in you waking up with a satisfied smile playing across your lips. I’m only sorry that I didn’t get to it until the end of the day (damn the RSS-cluttered world of the music blogger!), because that means that those of you who have already left work for the day won’t be able to hear it until 15 hours from now or so. [TV On The Radio]

  • MayhemintheHood

    Sweet! I’ve been dying to hear a track from this album. “Golden Age”, or whatever it’s called, definitely doesn’t disappoint.

  • Anonymous


    Is anyone else hearing a little bit of “Don’t Stop Till U Get Enough?” in this song? And, I love his vocal tics on this one.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @slowburn: I even hear elements of “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground).”

    Wow. This is something I wasn’t expecting to hear from these guys: total body music.

    Mission accomplished: they’ve lured me back in. (I am among the, like, 10 indie-rock fans who liked the first TVoTR album way better than the second.)

  • Tauwan


  • Maura Johnston
  • SomeSound-MostlyFury

    @Al Shipley: They block streaming audio and flash at my work, so I also have to wait until I get home to play good links and videos.

  • metalkate

    maybe she thinks we all work at record labels, where nobody does anything but fuck around on the internet all day anyway. i see all these stories about the tragic personnel turnovers at record labels, but then i’m like, wait, we’re talking about publicists. maybe they should look into more meaningful lives anyway.

  • Maura Johnston

    @metalkate: no, that’s not it! i just figure that many people here were able to work while wearing headphones. mea culpa?

  • Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    I used to listen to tracks linked from Idolator through my dictation headphones.

    Nobody at my firm was the wiser.

  • MayhemintheHood

    Idolator is definitely a work related website for me. I work in an office, and rarely do I not have at least one ear bud in, if not both, and I only come on here while at work(because that’s when all the cool stuff is being put up). I rarely visit this site when i’m home…so Maura must know what she’s talking about.

    I’ll say again that the new TVOTR song kicks ass and get’s better every time i’ve listened to it. They’re are what music should sound like in 2008, and the future.

  • brownham

    it’s weird I kinda think it’s cheesy

  • Tauwan


    True dat.

    I also can’t help but think of !!! when I play the track, meaning I rather be listening to them than this. But I’m biased. Never really cared much for TVOTR radio anyway.

  • Jon Can Dance

    So is this what Coachella sounded like this year?

  • Plague

    Stanky, overripe cheese at that.
    Don’t worry, you’ll get a whole record of this crap.
    If they are “indie”, they can never be a jamband, right?

  • T’Challa

    Doesn’t anybody remember laughter?

    This is one of the most joyous songs I’ve heard all year.

    Bless TVOTR. I’m counting the days until they hit L.A.

    Tunde is the MAN!!

  • brownham


    what does this song have to do with laughter?



  • Tauwan


    What I think T’Challa is trying to get at here is some of us are, yet again, being those random, faceless internet commenters quick to supply the snark and negativity to yet another band with a little popularity? TVOTR are obviously letting their hair down and catching a groove, so why can’t we?

    Problem is I just can’t “catch the beat” or give in to this song’s come ons. And for me to feel like that is fine. I remember laughter, yes, but I also remember how and when a couple of other bands I know and enjoy did the exact same thing, sang in the exact same voice, jumped on the exact same “dance-like-trance-like-get-ya-hustle-on-groove” and a lot of peeps wouldn’t give it the time of day. TV on the Radio does it [quite awkwardly and average if you ask me] and all of a sudden I’m supposed to bow in the presence of greatness? No. Thank You.

  • Chris Molanphy

    @Al Shipley: I have to cherry-pick maybe two or three moments per day when it wouldn’t look fishy for me to put headphones on at my desk and listen to audio foolishness on the interwebs. But yeah, you have a point.

    If I can download something and leave it on my desktop for listening at home (I carry a laptop between work and home), I will, but if it’s on YouTube or a stream or something, I’m liable to forget to play it later; so I sneak it in at work.

  • Al Shipley

    @Maura Johnston: Oh, I know a lot of people do their web surfing at the office in the daytime. But I definitely don’t get to listen to any of the cool links I come across during the day unless I remember to go back to them at night when I’m at home.

  • Al Shipley

    So wait, you’re working on the assumption that a large number of readers at work get to download blast music in the office but not at home? If that’s true, man I’m jealous of those people.