don't you tell me how i feel.

paging ian curtis by v
November 13, 2013, 7:10 am
Filed under: creepy in an awesome way, gothy shit, New music, Shit I Like

Holy Joy Division, Soviet Soviet.


hook, line, etc. by v
November 11, 2013, 10:45 am
Filed under: New music, New Shit That Sounds Old, Shit I Like | Tags:

The Hookworms are a Leeds-based, reverb-obsessed band whose new Pearl Mystic is dizzyingly good, if you’re into the whole psychedelic thing. “Since We Had Changed” has opium den written all over it.

step by step by v
October 23, 2013, 7:11 am
Filed under: mellow, New music, New Shit That Sounds Old, Shit I love | Tags:

The Stepkids’ “Memoirs of Grey” off of their new Troubadour evokes big bushy 70’s mustaches — I needed more Steely Dan soundalikes in my life.

More on the band here

you better work by v
October 21, 2013, 7:21 am
Filed under: danceable, New music, Shit I Like | Tags:

For possibly the first time ever, Ms. Spears has released a single with lyrical merit, espousing the notion that good things come to those who bust ass — “You want a Lamborghini? You better work, bitch.” Also, the faux-British accent we heard on that collaboration last year is still in full effect. You just never know with this one.

mr. self destruct by v

photo-13Teeny tiny Trent & co. from the top of the Barclays Center

I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t gotten around to buying the new Nine Inch Nails record until yesterday, on the heels of their Hesitation Marks-heavy Barclays Center show on Monday night in Brooklyn. Yes, I saw them less than a month ago at Made in America in Philly, but a greatest-hits festival performance this was not. Instead, it made clear to latecomers like me that the recent singles hardly scratch the surface of Marks, which apparently comes complete with soulful female backup vocalists (a first!) and Trent’s version of a slow jam. But the new stuff also had its share of familiar moments — “Find My Way” finds Mr. Reznor “whoooaing” over that now-classic eerily clear psycho piano.

Of course, they played all of the old standbys: “Terrible Lie,” “March of the Pigs,” “Wish,” etc. The big surprise for me was song two of the encore, which was preceded by Trent expressing his amazement that the band has lasted this long…then explaining that he didn’t want to get “too positive” before launching into “Even Deeper” off of The Fragile. Haaa.

All of this was accompanied by an elaborate light show that was quasi-visible from our perch at the very top of the arena (although I assure you that Trent’s arm definition remains discernible from the nosebleediest of nosebleed seats).

cheer up charlie by v
October 14, 2013, 12:42 pm
Filed under: danceable, New music, Shit I love | Tags:

Just discovered the ultrapoppy Save Charlie EP from Brooklyn’s Rubblebucket — disco guitars, brass, and big big choruses, plus a near-unrecognizable Doobie Brothers cover. Love.

cover of the day by v
October 9, 2013, 7:16 am
Filed under: covers, creepy in an awesome way, moody, New music, Shit I Like | Tags: ,

Anyone who dares cover a Smiths song has some nerve, but if you’re going for it, you might as well go big — in the case of Ebony Bones, get the London Children’s Choir to perform “What Difference Does it Make,” lending an even more horror-film-like cast to an already sinister song (and that’s to say nothing of the whistling). I was skeptical at first, but she won me over. If you were into Dead Man’s Bones, I suspect you’ll like this.

Moz, on the other hand, will likely have a different perspective.