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Black Taxi have an interesting stash of sounds coiling around this live recording of their jam "Friend". The verses seem soulful and semi-loungy, but turn abrupt corners on their approach into choruses that reminisce of all those fun Franz Ferdinand sing-alongs from back in the day. Chirpy guitar shreds find a few moments to take off, only to plunge into an ocean of grungy undertones. Something also happens with a muted trumpet. It sounds kind of weird on paper, except this band of Brooklynites make it work in memorable, head clinging ways. The video and live capture of the song was recorded at Bad Racket Studios in Cleveland OH and we're feeling pretty good the band chose us to debut it for the world to see. Enjoy. The song is from their current release We Don't Know Any Better.

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Black Taxi is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious. BLACK TAXI songs can be heard on radio stations from Maine to California, accompany hit TV shows, provide the soundtrack for film, and hit the airwaves on commercial airlines. Their most recent music video "Shoeshine" has found a success of its own as an Official Nominee for the Webby Awards.

BLACK TAXIs first full-length offering Things of that Nature received strong reviews in publications throughout the country. For their second full-length album they returned to The Bunker Studio to record with Aaron Nevezie, who has worked with Grammy nominated acts like The Black Keys and Danger Mouse

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