Have you ever put on a pair of jeans that require a hop, an Olympic lunge and electro beat to don? Skinny jeans, with tapered legs and narrow-peg ankles, aren’t just a fashion statement, they’re also a musical one. Perhaps it’s that bouncy jean shimmy or their stretchy, dance-friendly maneuverability, but “skinnies” have been associated with a certain type of music—electro-tech, folky electro, electrorock, dance/synth pop, folk pop, indie rock—since Julian Casablancas of The Strokes wore them in the early 2000s. As a skinny-jeans aficionado (both musically and fashionably), I offer you the first installment of a column that will explore the musical genre I like to call … drum roll, please … “Skinny Jeans.” Without further ado, here are some songs to listen to as you paint on those pants:
Hot Trax. “Madder Red,” Yeasayer: This band has grown considerably since they arrived in early 2007. They have two hit singles under their skinny jean’s belt—this may be the third. And their new album, Odd Blood, is really good. “One Life Stand,” Hot Chip: If you can’t get down with this U.K. band, then take off the tight jeans and stop reading. Hot Chip is the essential group with a mix of perfect vocals and disco-electro-rock beats. They are a dream, and I demand you listen.
New Classic Pick. “Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix),” Whitest Boy Alive: When it hits the fan, this 2008 mix will get you through. Freddy Falke is one of today’s “in-demand remixers,” working with artists such as U2, Grizzly Bear and Miike Snow.
New Albums. MGMT will release Congratulations on April 13. I won’t admit I’m excited, but “they good.” Why won’t they come to Vegas? To my fellow Las Vegans: If everyone pitches in $10 to get MGMT here, I will get a stage and a location. I’m so serious.