Cristina Martinez / Jon Spencer / Solex - Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown 12"
Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown! unites three of the most distinctive talents in ‘80s and ‘90s indie rock: Solex’s Elisabeth Esselink, Jon Spencer, and Cristina Martinez. Though Esselink and Spencer and Martinez’ sounds are very different on the surface, they actually have quite a bit in common: they all have a fondness for deconstructing and reconstructing pop culture in their own fashions, and Esselink and Spencer are both Matador alumni. However, Amsterdam Throwdown King Street Showdown! feels like a long-lost album that should have appeared on Grand Royal -- it’s got the sample-friendly, postmodern pastiche of funk, hip-hop, rock, and pop that bands like Butter 08 perfected in the mid- to late ‘90s and early 2000s.