Man Plus

Friday, October 31

If you haven't picked up bizarro pop specialist Man Plus' second record yet, The Hungarian Suicide Songbook, you no longer have an excuse, because the band is giving it away for free on their website ( It's a modgepodge of an album, one that invokes seminal satiri-punk outfit the Dead Milkmen as much as it does electro-nerds the Neptunes. Jared Mills' vocals even sound a little like Milkmen frontman Joe Genaro, but it's the band's satirical approach that really reminds me of the Milkmen. Only that sense of humor is set to electronic guitar-pop music instead of straight-up punk rock. But the punk influence does come out sometimes: Hungarian Suicide track "Kisses Don't Like Me Anymore" contains vocals that are half-spoken, but instead of heavy guitar and pounding drums, Mills' voice is set to synthy keyboard and a few guitar interjections. Since part of Man Plus is heading to Tokyo to hang out and possibly start recording their next album, this will be the band's last Seattle show until spring 2009. Plus, this is a good opportunity to pick up Razrez' new album, the release of which they’re celebrating tonight. With Neon Nights, the Valkyries, Razrez (CD release). Comet Tavern, 922 E. Pike St., 323-9853. 9 p.m., $7.

Fri., Oct. 31, 9 p.m., 2008

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