The Fredhead Weekend 10: Shedding

Every Friday, Fred Hystere sends a note to fans of the site and streams 10 of his favorite songs…aaaaaand then he takes off his pants on camera and makes up a dance to each song.

29 October 2011

Hello, everyone!

Sorry I missed you guys last Friday – I was CMJ’ing it up at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (as the guest of Cascine) and watching some of my favorite new artists, including: Chad Valley, Penguin Prison, Data Romance and more. They were all incredible, but, as he’s tended to be in 2011, Chad Valley was a cut above the rest. INcredible.

I’m going to attempt to make this post short, because I have a fuckload of dumb bullshit I have to do before bed. But today I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind a lot, something I refer to as ‘shedding.’

As I’ve  mentioned before (probably way too much), the last few years have been all about personal growth for me. Of the many reasons I’ve been able to grow as a person, one of the biggest has been my ability to get rid of extra baggage in the form of people. The older I get, the more I realize that I’d rather have no friends at all than friends who I don’t gel with in the most important of ways. That realization has led me towards ‘shedding’ many people in my life; and it’s a process that’s essential if you’ve ever felt as though you’re spinning your wheels and recycling the same negative forces in your life over and over.

The fact is, no one needs to have people in their lives who chip away at any confidence they’ve worked hard to build up over the years. Recently the word ‘contributor’ came up in a conversation between myself and a friend.  We both came to the conclusion that people are either contributors or they’re not – and feel free to add that train of thought into all aspects of life. From co-workers, to friends, to spouses and to (literally) writers for a publication, what use are people who taketh away for every way they giveth? Translation: If you feel as though someone in your life is a draining force, as opposed to a positive contributing one, you don’t need them.

We all have our own definition of the things that are important to us in relationships – be them business, friend, romantic, etc. A few of my personal needs include people who have:

1. ability to communicate on the spot as opposed to letting shit fester

2. ..a good sense of humor

3. ..good manners

4. ..patience

5. ..a real interest in being a good listener/having good conversation

Originally, I had planned to give a specific example (without naming names) of someone who I recently stopped speaking with. But instead of going down that route, I’ll just say that having that person out of my life has felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders – which only confirms just how amazing it feels to shed people like that out of your life.

Bottom line: If you’re currently in a situation which is draining as opposed to ‘contributing’…try shedding. It works.

Ok, now onto the music!

This week there’s no theme for my Weekend 10 other than party time! You should recognize many of these artists and a few of them I’ll be introducing you to next week.

In the meantime, listen to every dancetastic track below and click the link at the beginning of the list to download the entire mix.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all next week!

Nakedly Yours,

Fred Hystere


To download the entire mix, click here:


1. Quentin Mosimann “Do You St Tropez (Dante & Sicky Remix)”


2. Charli XCX “Jungle (Phaeleh Remix)”


3. Fiorious “I’m In Love With A German Film Star (Cerronza Remix)”


4. Switch featuring Andrea Martin “I Still Love You (Louis La Roche ‘I Still Love Switch’ Remix)”


5. Sandee “Notice Me (James Anthony Works The Big Room Bassline Mix)”


6. Strange Talk “Climbing Walls (Strange Talk Remix)”


7. Fiorious “Pretty (Scuola Furano Remix)”


8. Queen Of Hearts “Shoot The Bullet (Le Prix Remix)”


9. Monarchy “You Don’t Want To Dance With Me (Moonlight Matters Remix)”


10. Futurecop! “Starworshipper (MPM Remix)”



has some friendly advice for anyone who happens to shop for shower curtains at Walmart:

1) No matter how many times your colorblind saleswoman ‘swears to god’ that your polyester shower curtain is navy blue, she’s lying- it’s purple.

2) Make sure to look at the picture on the front of the package, just in case you end up buying a shower curtain that’s sheer on top like a fat girl’s prom dress.

3) If you insist on slipping while taking a shower, be careful not to grab onto the curtain while attempting to break your fall.

4) Always be sure to tell your Mom that she’s a bitch, as she laughs her ass off, when she finds you on the floor of the tub wrapped in your new purple shower curtain and shower rod and comments that you look like ‘the lovechild between Carol Burnett and Violet Beauregarde.’

The Hotness: Blondfire, Felicity Groom, Chromatics

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Blondfire is a brother-sister duo comprised of Erica and Bruce Driscoll; located in my neck of the woods, here in good ole NYC. Originally I was going to say that I have no ‘I-loved-them-before-they-were-cool’ story about these guys, as I truthfully just stumbled upon their music while reading a music blog last week. However, after doing some digging, I discovered that Blondfire were formally known by the name Astaire – whose “Don’t Whisper” EP was one of my favorite releases of 2004. As one would expect, Blondfire’s sound has matured A LOT since 2004. And while, everyone in the blogosphere seems to like to lazily compare Blondfire’s music (and everyone else’s) to MGMT, their sound is very tough to categorize – one of the many benchmarks of great songwriting. Musically, their sound seamlessly moves from Supreme Beings Of Leisure-style lounge pop  to alternative pop and trip hop the next; and the versatility of Erica’s gorgeous voice recalls everything from a lower version of Ivy’s Dominique Durand, to Metric’s Emily Haines and Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara, to name a few. Having wondered whatever happened to Astaire, I couldn’t be more stoked to have discovered Blondfire. Check out the video for their great new single, Where The Kids Are, below.

*Blondfire’s new single, Where The Kids Are, is out 1 November via Tender Tender Rush.


Blondfire “Where The Kids Are”


Felicity Groom is an Australian singer-songwriter whose sound brings to mind a bluesy Laura Marling if sung by a less dramatic but still moody Anna Calvi. Those of you that follow the site, know that two of the biggest themes in my music collection in the last two years have been the rise of electro-pop artists from Australia and Sweden. But, as artists such as Butterfly Boucher, The Grates, Lovers Electric, The Jezebels and more have shown, Australia is full of plenty of acoustic and rock talent, too; and Felicity Groom is the latest example of that fact. Armed with deep sexy vocals and Cat Power-style gorgeous looks, it won’t take more than a couple of seconds watching the video for her single, Siren Song, for you to be completely entranced..and eventually obsessed.  I may be gay as Christmas, but I’ll be damned if I’m not oddly turned on while listening to that voice of hers and watching the video below. Unless her label does something to fuck it up, expect big things from Felicity once her debut album drops next month.

*Felicity Groom’s debut album, Gossamer, is out 11 November via Spinning Top.


Felicity Groom “Siren Song”


Chromatics are a Portland, OR-based quartet, comprised of singer Ruth Radelet, Johnny Jewel, Adam Miller and Nat Walker. They’re signed to one of my favorite indie labels, Italians Do It Better; along with Fred Hystere faves Desire and Glass Candy. The Chromatics sound is something I like to call ‘lazy lounge’ mostly because listening to their music makes me want to sit around on a brisk fall day with nothing but a cup of tea and my thoughts. Their latest single is called “Kill For Love” and it’s a lyrically straightforward ode to…, and features production that gorgeously recalls early 80s New Order if sung by Leslie Feist. Check out the video below.

*Chromatics’s 4th album, Kill For Love, is out in January via Italians Do It Better.


Chromatics “Kill For Love”

Daily Dickhead(s): Bill “Feminists Want Men” Bennett & Patty Robertson

With all of the focus on civil rights and women’s rights in this country, it’s easy to forget that the true victims of inequality are neither gay, nor female, nor poor or a minority. The real daily struggle in our society belongs to……

You see men account for ONLY:

55% of income earned in the US

80.3% of government officials around the world

83% of US Congress members

95% of domestic violence perpetrators

97% of Fortune 500 CEOs

and, um..

100% of dictators

Yes, regardless of whose life they walk into, men are such victims that one wonders if anything can be done to turn the tide back in their direction…

Well..fear not!

Former Education Secretary, and current misogynist asshole, Bill Bennett, has written a new book entitled The Book Of Man; which seeks to re-masculine-ize our nation by trashing……women and gays! Weeeeeeeeeeeee!

Last week, Bennett appeared on Patty Robertson’s The 700(lbs of poop) Club to promote the aforementioned Book Of Man and they both solved all of the world’s problems  with dialogue such as this:

Bennett: “What feminism did I think, Pat, was confuse the debate to some extent by saying those expectations we have of boys, the kinds of responsibilities that they will need to take up as men, we’re not sure we need them anymore because we’re not sure we need men any more, well we do need men.”

Robertson: “Well you know it’s interesting in the news today was the changing of the guard at IBM where Palmisano is changing off and a woman’s taking his position as head of this great corporation, IBM.”

Bennett: “That’s right and there’s just a ton of that…fine all power to the women and the girls, as long as we don’t confuse roles and the differences in genders. Boys have to wake up! We got to wake them up!”

Robertson: “What’s this going to do to society, if men don’t take their places as men and suddenly there’s a gap and women and we have a matriarchy. What will this do ultimately to society?”

Bennett: “I think it can hurt society, maybe grievously. Interestingly the feminists are not celebrating this Pat, they want men too. They might want to rail against this and they may want to talk about stereotypes of man and male domination and so on, but women want men. They want men for that strong arm, they want men for that protection, they want men for a partner in marriage and so it’s something that has got very blurred and what I try to do in this book is remind people of things that are true. And to the boys, as you very well said, the array of things offered on TV and elsewhere is very confusing, from macho stuff to gay culture to all sorts of things. What I got here is a point of view that is time tested, based in tradition that will get boys to manhood.”

Yes, Bill, thank you SO MUCH for pointing out how badly we ‘need men’..because we have such a shortage of them, in general, that testicles far and wide have begun to shrivel up, while penises turn into vaginas. True story – but you probably already knew that what with the vast amount of time you’ve put into researching feminists; discovering that they ‘want men too.’

Considering he’s such a prophet, it’s interesting to hear Patty ask questions such as ‘what’s this going to do to society?’ But, I am really glad that that he took the time to address the troubling news that IBM has decided to turn their company into the first known example of a matriarchal business here in the US, by hiring a female CEO.

I mean, what’s next? Gay people running Apple?

Watch the video below.


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