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Can I get a remix? If Mrs. Lange can provide different versions of Up! for fans who shelve their Shania next to Celine Dion, Faith Hill, or Asha Bhosle, can’t the Apples in Stereo give us a couple of tracks that recall the former glory of one of the premier indie-pop bands of the ’90s? In a decade rife with Brian Wilson comparisons, Apples mastermind Robert Schneider was one of the few writer-producer-arrangers who actually deserved the hype. But parenthood and the Powerpuff Girls have changed all that. After Schneider and his singer-drummer wife Hilarie Sidney squirted the worm (that’s miracle-of-life lingo, folks) and PG soundtrack fave “Signal in the Sky” went into heavy rotation on the Cartoon Network, the Apples went after the nursery-school set with gusto, waxing “If You Want to Wear a Hat,” a daffy ditty about sartorial embellishment, to flesh out the lean cash-in EP Let’s Go!. Now that the band’s supposedly back to making music for the post-teen set, it has adopted a shrill, hissy fuzzlegum sound, with guitar tones about as appealing as a Sunday-morning kickball game after a hard Saturday night. Last fall’s nigh-on-unlistenable Velocity of Sound is 29 minutes of Chipmunk-y chatter buried in layers of treble-y noise. To judge from past demos, the underlying songcraft is likely quite solid, but my head hurts too much to tell. Throw a tantrum when the rotten Apples spoil a whole bunch of possibly good songs with Oranger at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Glenn Dixon)