In the age of digital streaming music, entire discographies are at your fingertips but the concept of the rarity is on its last legs. The End of Scarcity is a feature that attempts to spotlight the deep cuts from big names that can’t be found on Spotify or bought on iTunes. Demos, B-Sides, Covers, whatever — things that require a close searching. Today: TV on the Radio.
Enjoying Seeds? You should be. But join us for a minute as we go back to a time when TV on the Radio was an unknown quantity, back to 2004 when their proper debut album Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes was released. “Staring at the Sun” was the hot track with a grinding, buzzing bass line and their overlapping vocal stylings that would soon become so familiar. That original version has a subtle dread to it, but it wasn’t that way on the original demo version.
This early acapella demo was sold as part of the album’s MP3 release and, to some, is a superior, soulful version. Me, I still prefer that Hollertronix remix that throws in a Dead Prez verse. But to each his own.