Wizard of Ahhhs
|Wizard of Ahhhs|
|EP by Black Kids|
Wizard of Ahhhs is an EP by American indie rock group Black Kids, released by the band in August 2007 via free download on their official MySpace page. In November the band launched their official website, where the EP was available for download until March 2008. The EP was recorded at The Glow Studio in the spring of 2007 by fellow Jacksonville musician Jesse Mangum (Jesse and The Glow Studio have since relocated to Athens, GA.) Some of the other demo tracks recorded during the sessions have been leaked on the internet: "Listen to Your Body Tonight", "Designs on AKA You", "I Wanna Be Your Limousine", and "Love Me Already".
Newly recorded versions of the tracks appear on the Black Kids' debut album, Partie Traumatic.
- "Hit the Heartbrakes" – 3:37
- "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" – 3:32
- "Hurricane Jane" – 4:27
- "I've Underestimated My Charm (Again)" – 3:33
- Owen Holmes – bass guitar
- Kevin Snow – drums
- Dawn Watley – keyboards and vocals
- Ali Youngblood – keyboards and vocals
- Reggie Youngblood – guitar and vocals
The EP has gained favorable critical response, including an 8.4 rating and a "Best New Music" recommendation from Pitchfork Media. Pitchfork also placed the song "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" in their Top 100 Songs of 2007 and featured it on their Pitchfork Forkcast. In November 2007, Rolling Stone highlighted "Hit The Heartbrakes", giving the track 3.5 out of 4 stars. On December 28, 2007, The New York Post named "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You" the #2 best song to download from 2007.
BBC Radio 1 has featured both "Hurricane Jane" (played by Zane Lowe) and "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You" (played by Rob Da Bank and Colin Murray). Kate Nash performed a cover version of the song "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend..." on French radio station Ouï FM.
- MySpace.com - Black Kids - Jacksonville, Florida - Christian Rap - www.myspace.com/blackkidsrock
- blackkidsmusic.com. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
- Hogan, Marc (October 5, 2007). "Black Kids: Wizard of Ahhs EP: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
- Pitchfork Forkcast: On Repeat: Black Kids: "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You" [MP3/Stream]
- O'Donnell, Kevin (November 1, 2007). "Downloads: Black Kids "Hit the Heartbrakes"". Rolling Stone.
- Huhn, Mary (December 28, 2007). "207 BEST SONGS TO DOWNLOAD FROM 2007 - New York Post". Archived from the original on January 1, 2008.
- BBC - Radio 1 - Zane Lowe - Tracklisting
- BBC - Radio 1 - Rob da Bank
- BBC - Radio 1 - Colin Murray