Live! The Ting Tings @ Terminal 5

Who says white people don’t like to dance? Last Monday night (March 16th, 2009) the floor of Terminal 5 was alive with a sea of bodies grooving to the pop sounds of the Ting Tings. In neon green sunglasses, Jules De Martino and Katie White dawning sparkling sky blue eye shadow and patterned art deco leggings, cat walked around the stage like models, playing a 45 minute set that could easily have doubled as a photo shoot. White’s perfected the rocker chick image, strumming her guitar and holding her microphone above her head striking a Statue of Liberty pose, beckoning the poor, the tired, and the hip.

But the Ting Tings were not all image. Playing the entire contents of the first—and only—album, their dance beats were infectious, a mix of Franz Ferdinand’s charging guitars and 80’s new wave electro-pop. White’s high pitched girly squeal combined with simple, lighting guitar riffs and a driving momentum had the crowd jumping. But nothing had the floor shaking more than the band’s singles, the second song of the night “Great DJ” and “Shut Up And Let Me Go,” which ended the first set. With easily repeatable choruses the crowd sung took up the nonsensical call, “And the girls ah ah ah . . . and the boys ah ah ah . . . and the strings e e e . . . and the drums (x4).”

At the end of the first set, the Ting Tings played an extended version of the album’s title track “We Started Nothing,” which featured a short musical reference to Talking Heads “Psycho Killer,” and four rainbow wigged hipsters to fill in as a brass section. The all female rainbow coalition of sound heralded out their parts in sharp blasts, or when not blowing revelry, promptly returned their hands to their hips, posing like an action league ready to fight crime.

The Ting Tings then returned to the stage for a brief two-song encore, closing with, “That’s Not My Name.” The band and crowd alike tired themselves out endlessly repeating , “That’s not my name,” the oddly feminist empowered chorus, and leaving behind no confusion as to what NOT to call the Barbie Doll-esque lead singer.
Opening for the Ting Tings was female rap group Hottub, who played dress-up, jumping around in a sequined pink party dress, hot pink leopard leggings and tribal eye makeup. But don’t be mistaken, these girls were anything but delicate. Like something out of the Riot Grrrl movement the three female MC’s paraded across the stage grabbing their crotches while shouting out songs like “M.A.N.B.I.T.C.H.” and raunchy, confessional lyrics, “I lost my cherry when I was 16.”

However shocking the lyrics, the raps were only mediocre and the beats loud and indistinguishable. Though the music wasn’t something to put on your IPod queue, their stage antics were radical. It was like performance art meets Gymboree, with the girls tackling each other on stage, falling down in heaps and then performing prone, air humping on the floor. Ambr33zy flashed her breasts and Loli Pop her jungle cat underwear, while both spit out mouthfuls of water at each other. In an effort to be closer to the crowd Co-Co Machete stood on an unstable crowd barrier maintaining her balance by alternately holding on to a concertgoers hand and leaning on a bouncer’s head, before jumping over it to dance with the crowd. Hottub’s performance got a mixed reaction (their sound itself just wasn’t that good) but hey kids, if the water’s too hot, get out the tub.

** If forgot my camera so for more pics of the show see PrefixMag.

Friday Top 5: Sneaker Songs To Step To

Just a few days ago, I was listening to Matt and Kim’s new album, Grand. The Brooklyn duo’s tunes have the ability to make you feel like you’ve ingested too much fun dip and it’s inevitable that you will tap your feet in time to the music. As soon as “Daylight,” began to play, I turned to Allie and said, “This song really makes me wanna dance… but with sneakers on.” Allie promptly agreed with me on this notion. Certain bands just call for a dance party in sneakers. And don’t try to wear some other kind of footwear because it simply won’t do.

Matt and Kim, Daylight mp3

Another song that this applies to is MGMT’s “Kids”. Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden formed the band previously known as The Management while they were both students at Wesleyan in a somewhat accidental manner. What started out as a joke soon became success. “Kids (Afterschool Dance Megamix)” climbed the charts at a rapid rate and music lovers everywhere grabbed their sneakers and danced to its synthy beat.

MGMT, Kids mp3

The Ting Tings are responsible for the next electro-pop goodie, “That’s Not My Name”. It doesn’t seem possible to listen to this song without moving although I’d triple dog dare you to try. Jules De Martino and Katie White of Manchester make up the group and topped the UK charts with this delightful song. You may keep the same dance moves, but in this case, substitute the word “trainers” for “sneakers”.

The Ting Tings, That’s Not My Name mp3

Black Kids first single, “I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You” is another song that practically begs for sneakers. Perhaps it’s the count off (One! Two! Three! Four!), or the amusing lyrics (He’s got two left feet and he bites my moves) that calls to our youth and makes it so appealing. Or maybe it’s just a catchy song…

Black Kids I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You mp3

Lastly, almost all Electronica music beckons for you to grab your sneakers and dance. Metallic Chuck Taylors are your best bet, but any color or brand will do. If you need a starting point, kick it off with some Daft Punk. Just thinking about Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter in their robot suits should be enough to get you going. Dance off!

Daft Punk, Harder, Better, Faster Stronger (in light of the Grammys) mp3