Somehow, REDEFINE had unwillingly gotten a subscription to SPIN Magazine last year, and I was recently perusing it when I stumbled across something really hilarious and ridiculous; SPIN had a " Songs You Must Hear Now!" section, and numbers two, three, and four were various incarnations of Yeasayer's "Ambling Alp." Talk about hyping a band. I was convinced that the editors at SPIN would have ousted Freelance Whales' number one spot and actually put Yeasayer as numbers one, two, and three, but they'd felt too bashful about it. I mean, they have pretend like they have some
unbiased standards, right?
Well, let's parallel that with Tegan And Sara's latest Alligator
LP. Apparently, remixes have reached the heights of popularity where you can now release a 17-track album, with 16 of the tracks dedicated to remixes of the same song. In this case, Alligator
is dedicated completely to, well, "Alligator" off the duo's last album, Sainthood
. And I guess when you enlist the help of heavy-hitters like Passion Pit, Holy Fuck, Four Tet, Toro Y Moi, and Ra Ra Riot, you can do that, and it's okay. The scariest part, though, is that if I were to be compiling a top tracks you should download list, I might even include three of the remixes off of Alligator
on that list. That's how good these remixes are -- well, some of them, anyway.