Pennsylvania’s MilkBoy Recordings just released Calvin Badnessâ€™ wonderful, whimsical, versatile debut album. Using a wide variety of instruments and musical styles, this is a record that continually stretches, experiments, and surprises. The vocals are not only are the voices strange (think: B52s) but the vocal choices are unique. Where most singers would push and wail, Kara j. (formerly of ExactlyWatt) and Sean McPhillips seem to banter, even on duets. Songs like â€œAliensâ€ are humorous and provocative, but mostly propulsive. The primary goal of the band seems to be to keep your heart racing and your toes tapping. â€œJust on TVâ€ starts with an accelerating drum beat and never lets go. â€œMr. Jonesâ€ is another bouncy ditty. It seems to about somebody who made a big mistake, but I canâ€™t quite tell what. And the song makes me smile. I suspect itâ€™s ironic. I dunno. I just like it. That about sums up Calvin Badness for me: I have no idea what theyâ€™re about, but I really dig â€˜em.