136. Django Django - ‘Django Django’ + Cocaine Lady

Django Django - ‘Django Django’ + Cocaine Lady

Ingredients: 1 part Stoli Vanil vodka, 1 part Kahlua coffee liqueur, 1 part Bailey’s Irish cream, 1 splash peppermint schnapps (such as Rumple Minze), 1 part whole milk

Mixing Instructions: Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, then strain into shot glass.

Notes: When I was young I used to play a django my Uncle had given me.  This is false, but you probably don’t realize why.  A django is not an object, something one misplaces and bashfully exclaims, “Oops, I lost my django!”  So what is it?  Well, Django is a 1966 Italian spaghetti Western film about a drifter that is constantly seen dragging around a coffin.  Django is a Python-based, open source web application framework.  And Django Django is the self-titled debut album from an Edinburgh-based band that is doing something really interesting with their music…something that, in my Ringling Bros. mind, masterfully absorbs all the definitions from above.  

They do so by producing a sound that, as Laura Snapes astutely points out, comes “rendered in two basic colors—natural and synthetic.”  A band equally at home with artsy Italian filmmaker and geometrically-minded software engineer, songs like “Default” “Hail Bop” and “Love’s Dart” each derive from a common space-western aesthetic, but energetically test all its boundaries…and oh, how vast those boundaries.  In the same way Yeasayer first tickled ears with “2080”, Django Django takes one to a seemingly futuristic place that feels strangely homey.  Take a night, pour a round of mind-bending shots and know what it means to experience smart, beautiful, addictive art.

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