Apparently, when they cut the other three members from their band, Broadcast's Trish Keenan and James Cargill also lost the ability to write real songs. Tender Buttons (ick) is the kind of "experimental" pop disc where they think it's fun to repeat the two-bar opening of My Sharona over irritating static and drag it out over three minutes. Badly referencing classic 60s psych-rock, krautrock and IDM, Broadcast muster a hazy mishmash of vaguely trippy sound effects, buzzy two-note analog synth bits that repeat ad nauseam, drony melodies and Keenan's breathy vocals cooing nasal non sequiturs. It occasionally sounds like Keenan might be trying to say something (I think I caught a line about "axis of evil"), but for the most part she tries to imitate the stream-of-consciousness delivery of superior singers and fails. Tune into Broadcast at Lee's Palace Sunday (November 6).