I tried really hard to like Simian Mobile Disco's 2009 guest-vocal-heavy album Temporary Pleasure. If you look around the Internet, you can probably find me struggling and squirming to say some nice things about it at the time. I don't think I've listened to a track off it since its release. Thankfully, their new album Delicacies ditches the pop leanings, and instead finds the duo digging their teeth into some much meatier techno. Every song on the album is named after some awful, bizarre, Anthony Bourdain-tested foodstuff (hence the above video clip), and the tracks are appropriately nasty and prickly but ultimately delicious. SMD's live sets have always tended toward strobe-lit, hands-in-the-air raving, and this new material should sound just monstrous at Neumos tonight. DJ the Juan Maclean ain't nothing to fuck with, either. Blondes, I have no idea.
Here's what I wrote about it all in this week's Short List:
Simian Mobile Disco is an electronic duo that sprang from an indie-rock group (named Simian; the "mobile disco" refers to the after-parties they threw on tour), so it makes sense that they've kept one foot in that world, producing and remixing acts like the Klaxons and the Gossip's Beth Ditto, and calling on their Rolodex of vocalists to act as guests on their pop-leaning 2009 album Temporary Pleasure. That might have been too generous a name for an album whose few charms wore thin so quickly, but thankfully SMD have followed it up with Delicacies, which sees them abandoning vocal hooks and indulging in the kind of hard, jaw-grinding techno that the best of their work has always bled into at the outer edges. Call it a permanent pleasure. Opening is DFA mensch the Juan Maclean, whose tastes as a DJ range from robotically jacking techno to leather-and-sweat disco to, of course, happy house. With Blondes. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9467. 8 p.m. $16.