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Photo by Zac P

In this week's paper, I wrote:

El Ten Eleven are the duo of drummer Tim Fogarty and guitarist/bassist Kristian Dunn who incorporate mathy elements and post-rock soaring into their instrumental workouts. Some of their Lite-Brite guitar hues will appeal to fans of Ratatat, and their robotic, jerky disco groove wouldn't sound out of place on the dance floor, with steady basslines and plenty of twinkling harmonics. Be warned, though, that their new record, a short eight-song affair called These Promises Are Being Videotaped, contains a completely unnecessary cover of "Paranoid Android," condensing the familiar Radiohead epic to two irrelevant minutes. "Android" is the "Stairway to Heaven" of the 1990s; it doesn't need to be covered by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
I stand by what I said about "Paranoid Android," but the rest of the record is worth hearing. For starters, you can go to this page to listen to an MP3 of album track "Jumping Frenchmen of Maine" and even buy it via a pay-what-you-will system. (Hmmm... it seems like another band might have done something like that, but... oh well, doesn't matter.) Meanwhile, here's a clip of the band performing "My Only Swerving," from their 2005 debut. It's not as dance-oriented as their newer stuff, but you get to see Dunn's doubleneck guit-bass (or is that bass-ar?) in action.

El Ten Eleven play tonight w/Miss Massive Snowflake, The Escapists; Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 9 pm, $6