Posted by: Johnny Loftus on June 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm

The Cool Kids, The Bake Sale EP (Chocolate Industries, 2008)

Listen: “Bassment Party”

Bake Sale features official versions of all the songs Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks got all famous on. “Black Mags,” “Mikey Rocks,” “Gold and a Pager,” “88.” It fills out with some new songs, too, but don’t expect the production to go all big money and wow you with layers — this Sale is sparse in both bass and frills. The low end of these songs might as well be a snort from one of the MCs, or the wheeze of a keyboard as it emulates a big wheel’s skid pattern. The raps too are considered, conversational, and derived from a central, shared brain; the 1980s brand names, BMX shop talk, high school-style come-ons, and self-aware appropriations of gangsta culture spill over the spare beats as one voice shared by both dudes. They’re not just the cool kids. Inglish and Rocks are the clowns in the back of class. They’re the stoners behind it. They’re the Star Wars nerds in the front of it. And they’re the ones throwing the most illest “Bassment Party” of the summer. They do trims, too. See them after fourth period in shop class for hi-top fade maintenance. Price? A used Speak & Spell and a pack of Garbage Pail Kids cards. Just as it’s been with their initial output, Bake Sale is fun because its style, references, and sense of humor is less than a generation from the minds of its creators. — Johnny Loftus

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