Dirty Beaches - Badlands

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I know it's been talked up a bit on some other threads, but I'm curious what you all think of this one.

I'm digging it but the appropriation of so much is nagging at me a bit - "A Hundred Highways" is built around a huge Rallizes Denudes sample, "Lord Only Knows" is Francoise Hardy's "Voila" and "horses" is som Link Wray song ("I'm Branded")...

and I know I know who cares, sampling is fine - no big deal

but coupled with his full-on Suicide vocal thing... it does seem pretty pastiche-y

but then again I do really like it and maybe I should just get over it

brio, Monday, 15 August 2011 02:31 (eight years ago) link

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Mark, Monday, 15 August 2011 04:47 (eight years ago) link

love this disc. wasn't aware of the sampling, but who cares. it's retro, but retro of a different era (50s noir), and sounds vital/edgy.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 15 August 2011 04:54 (eight years ago) link

obv have to hear this

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 August 2011 05:03 (eight years ago) link

Saw him open for Dum Dum girls way back earlier this year....

....oh my God, if there was something meritable about the music the guy was totally ruining it with his showmanship. I must've smoked about 6 cigarettes through his entire set and even seemed to influence the large majority of the crowd to take up smoking out of boredom.

kelpolaris, Monday, 15 August 2011 08:00 (eight years ago) link

smoking = stepping outside the venue, as it's prohibited to smoke indoors here in Denver. As I assume elsewhere...mostly.

kelpolaris, Monday, 15 August 2011 08:01 (eight years ago) link

Dirty....Beaches?

(loads gun, points into mouth, pulls trigger)

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 15 August 2011 12:26 (eight years ago) link

lol yr making fun of a band called dirty beaches.... didnt you start a thread abt 'hype williams'?

just sayin, Monday, 15 August 2011 15:34 (eight years ago) link

I haven't seen him live, so can't say if he would have made me smoke six cigarettes... the stuff I've seen on YouTube seems cool, if a little self-conscious...

brio, Monday, 15 August 2011 16:27 (eight years ago) link

hes alright live but p terrible in gen

lol @ da hoos saying he 'has to hear this' tho

Monstrous TumTum (Lamp), Monday, 15 August 2011 17:59 (eight years ago) link

hes alright live but p terrible in gen

lol @ covering all your bases here

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 15 August 2011 18:07 (eight years ago) link

retro of a different era (50s noir), and sounds vital/edgy.

― Daniel, Esq., Monday, August 15, 2011 4:54 AM (13 hours ago) Bookmark

^^^ is what did it for me, + knowin me and d,esq have similar tastes

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 August 2011 18:07 (eight years ago) link

xp Hype Williams is an original name, at least. What were some other names he was tossing around, Wolf Castles? Beach Bear? Crystal Beach?

Also, Hype Williams shits all over this dreck, sorry

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:55 (eight years ago) link

Hype Williams is an original name, at least.

lmao

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Monday, 15 August 2011 22:58 (eight years ago) link

Holy shit

50000000 elves (blank), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:00 (eight years ago) link

cool dude but i kind of hate this stuff, makes u realize there was a reason 50's musicians were confident and poised and perfect and endearing rather than mumbly and volatile

back in a .gif ;) (flopson), Monday, 15 August 2011 23:07 (eight years ago) link

xpost lollll

just sayin, Monday, 15 August 2011 23:18 (eight years ago) link

I didn't say it was a good name fer chrissakes. It's actually a miracle they haven't been sued yet. My point is that you're not likely to confuse a band called Hype Williams with dozens of faceless bands with animal-and-beach-themed names.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 15 August 2011 23:20 (eight years ago) link

that kurt gif is really hypnotic

shannon goon (symsymsym), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:26 (eight years ago) link

i like this dude. he's playing in sf this friday and i'd go if i wasn't already gonna be outta town

jaxon, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 15:04 (eight years ago) link

hair-based music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OqjG2uL4X8

bamcquern, Thursday, 18 August 2011 17:38 (eight years ago) link

ok finally hearing this

ctrl+f cramps 0 results

why

this is basically just grimier cramps with some sprinklings of suicide

lux interior always seemed like he was gonna stab you with his toy knife and then try to sleep with you

this dude seems like he wants to stab you with his real knife and then try to sleep with you

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 18:34 (eight years ago) link

this doesn't really sound like Suicide or The Cramps, so much as the music James, the motorcycle "dreamboat" records in Twin Peaks.

sarahel, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:21 (eight years ago) link

listen harder.

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:31 (eight years ago) link

seriously, you're telling me you don't hear any frankie teardrop in "speedway king" or human fly in "horses" and all over the rest of it?

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:32 (eight years ago) link

lord that cobain gif is awesome

markers, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:36 (eight years ago) link

irl lollin

markers, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:36 (eight years ago) link

okay, i can hear suicide similarities, but I dunno about Lux Interior/Cramps -- like The Cramps were pastiche of Orbison, Elvis, etc.

sarahel, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:40 (eight years ago) link

'this band sounds like another band!'

Lamp, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:41 (eight years ago) link

"this band sounds like another band who sounded like another band"

sarahel, Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:43 (eight years ago) link

like The Cramps were pastiche of Orbison, Elvis, etc.

― sarahel, Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:40 PM (11 minutes ago) Bookmark

sure, but with a foregrounding of the uncurrent of creepiness in the latter

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:53 (eight years ago) link

and this is carrying that on

steens furiously (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Thursday, 18 August 2011 19:53 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Bought a copy today. Listening now. It's fantastic.

chromecassettes, Saturday, 17 September 2011 21:22 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

it is. and his older stuff, which is now available on bandcamp, is just as good.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 4 October 2011 11:26 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

new stuff has a very different sound. abandons 50s vibe in favor of something more electro-y, maybe? certainly more propulsive. sax is distinctive on these new cuts.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 23 October 2011 10:43 (eight years ago) link

cool dude but i kind of hate this stuff, makes u realize there was a reason 50's musicians were confident and poised and perfect and endearing rather than mumbly and volatile

― back in a .gif ;) (flopson), Monday, August 15, 2011 7:07 PM (2 months ago) Bookmark

badlands is a great album

flopson, Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:12 (eight years ago) link

yep. one of my favorites of the year.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:37 (eight years ago) link

it's so short, too

flopson, Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:42 (eight years ago) link

well, i think it's technically billed as a "mini-album" or "extended EP," or something like that.

yeah, it's short.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:44 (eight years ago) link

the old material he put out on various cassette-only labels (e.g., night-people; italian beach babes) is now available on bandcamp. it's also outstanding.

Daniel, Esq., Sunday, 23 October 2011 17:45 (eight years ago) link

one year passes...

Man. "Dune Walker" sounds like Iggy Pop and Steve McKay over a seriously reduced, almost fried Basic Channel track. And then the guitar starts.

Frances HELL NAW (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 1 June 2013 03:32 (six years ago) link

This new album is incredible.

MikoMcha, Monday, 10 June 2013 21:29 (six years ago) link

i do not get this dude

precious bonsai children of new york (Jordan), Monday, 10 June 2013 21:33 (six years ago) link

Late at night working, seems just about perfect right now.

MikoMcha, Monday, 10 June 2013 21:36 (six years ago) link

new album's really interesting, i like how he switched it up just a little bit, like another album of murky rockabilly would've been a retread but it's still super-recognisably dirty beaches

flopson, Monday, 10 June 2013 21:38 (six years ago) link

This track is a highlight, especially the electro-doom second half:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jonGD22sGKo

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:58 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Just heard the August At Akiko's soundtrack and finding it difficult to believe this is the same guy. Some really nice jazz improv here. Was there talk about this album somewhere I might have missed? Also is it weird that Factory released this?

Anyone seen the film?

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:42 (one week ago) link

I've seen it! one of my favorites in recent history

winters (josh), Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:47 (one week ago) link

Ah, good to know! I'll seek it out. Thanks!

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 03:39 (one week ago) link


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