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For Your Ears: The Best Christmas Song Ever

For Your Ears: The Best Christmas Song Ever

No, Baltimore's music scene doesn't

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fresh blood—it's hard enough to keep our attention on all of the amazing musicians already here with a root in—but we can't help opening our arms wide to the

fellows, transplanted this fall from San Francisco. Part of that package is

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, an offshoot project that is Drew Daniels (half of Matmos) making minimal techno music just as perfectly askew as Matmos' anatomical musique concrete. (Really, how many times can we say "cow cooter"?) SPT played its first local show at the Floristree last Saturday and we were overwhelmed. First, Baltimore doesn't really have minimal here (or microhouse or whatever). Baltimore has a claim to plenty of its own styles, but it was nice to pop off the floor to something other than breakbeats. (And, yes, I do love popping off the floor to breakbeats as much as the next Baltimorian). Second, Daniels is ardently professional. Part of Baltimore's charm is that it is casual; on one of my first days in town,

tried to explain why she loved this city: "It's a place where you can just be, you know, dumb." But, it was obvious that Daniels has done Soft Pink Truth in big clubs/festivals around the world—it was indeed

flawless

--and is part of that larger, far more bloodthirsty global music community. It's a good lesson. All apologies if that gives the impression Daniels is some self-serious snobby technophile. Hardly. In fact, he strikes me as being just as irredeemably nice as anyone I've met here. And, the "best Christmas song ever?" That would be SPT's cover of Nervous Gender's "Confession." Maybe you know the words: "Jesus was cock sucking Jew/ from Galalie/ Jesus was just like me/ a homosexual nymphomaniac/ a homosexual nymphomaniac." Once again,

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of

was there recording. Listen:

Photo: Soft Pink Truth

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