I dunno about you, but for me, summer makes the hormones go a ragin and, at times, all I can think about is how badly I wanna get it on while listening to some sexy new tunes. Enter: Hecuba.
Hecuba’s a duo based in LA; comprised of lead singer, Isabelle Albuquerque, and Jon Beasley. I was a big fan of their debut album, Paradise, when it came out a few years ago; thanks to Isabelle’s low, interesting voice and some slinky production. That said, I always got the sense while listening to Paradise that Hecuba were just getting started – and, clearly, I was right. Their new album, Modern, is right up there with one of the best I’ve heard all year. Each song is unique, weird and a little chaotic, but in a totally controlled way.
So many different artists come to mind while listening to their music, but the low hanging fruit here is to compare them with the late 90s trip hop scene. That said, there’s something way more interesting about Hecuba’s music than anything that came out around that era. Sure, there’s plenty of beats, plenty of hooks, and the same old nifty studio tricks that we’re used to, but this time they’ve upped the ante by adding more dimensions and layers to each song in the form of everything from do-wop to jazz – not unlike Planningtorock or even Bjork.
Needless to say, I’ve been COMPLETELY ADDICTED to Modern ever since I heard it for the first time a few weeks ago. The album is fucking HOT and I highly recommend checking out my two favorite songs, Dancing and Faith, below.
(As a bonus, I’ve added my favorite track off their debut, called “Extra Connection.” Enjoy!)
Thanks to NYC’s Holy Ghost, disco was deemed cool again, by all of the cool kids, in 2011. Signed to one of the best labels in the world, DFA Records, Holy Ghost became the centerpiece in a roster of amazing DFA artists that includes everyone from Hot Chip to YACHT to Planningtorock and many more.
Their debut album came on the heels of a bunch of high profile opening slots on a few different tours, a bunch of remixes and a few original songs – such as their debut single “Do It Again.”
Listening to Holy Ghost’s music brings me back to one of my favorite periods in music history, the mid-late 90s rave scene. Their beats may not be as hard as The Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, etc, but they remind me of a more polished version of The Crystal Method – a band who was never able to really break through into the mainstream (and truthfully should’ve made this album years before Holy Ghost did).
I don’t workout much at all (because I loathe exercise), but the few times I did this year, Holy Ghost’s album was my choice to get me into that pumped up frame of mind. But their music is equally as good to listen to while at a party; cleaning; going for a walk and..um..FUCKING. Seriously, the best sex I had all year was while listening to Holy Ghost!
PLAY: Hold My Breath, Do It Again, Wait And See, Hold On, It’s Not Over (Basically the entire album.)
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.
18 November 2011
This weekend I’m headed up to a bed & breakfast in a town situated right on the Hudson River about 90 minutes north of Manhattan. The guy I’m dating and I have had this weekend planned for a few weeks and I’m beyond excited that the time has finally arrived!
The itinerary is simple: We have none!
Originally we’d planned on turning our weekend into a mini retreat of sorts. We’re both writers and have a similar writing style (which was the initial reason for our mutual attraction to one another, actually) and we’ve been talking about collaborating on a piece together for a while now. But after seeing how stressful the past few weeks have been, between all of the balls we’re juggling (insert crude joke here ________ ), I’ve decided that I’m not going to even bring my laptop with me.
I can’t wait to be unplugged for a few days!
On another note, this week was quite possibly the most rewarding week for me out of any I’ve had since launching Fred Hystere last year; due in large part to the incredible emails I’ve received from all of you in response to the very personal piece I wrote about the Penn State sex abuse scandal on Tuesday. I’ve responded to as many of you as I’ve had time for, and I promise I’ll respond to the rest of you sometime next week.
Seriously, though, thank you all from the bottom of my heart – I can’t tell you how touched I’ve been from your wonderful words.
Thankfully (no pun intended), next week is a short week for all of us here in the US. I’ll be finishing up my list of Fred Hystere’s Top 10 EPs of 2011 and then leave you on Wednesday with some sort of corny piece about what I’m thankful for or something.
There will be no new posts between Thursday and Sunday next week, BUT but but…. Beginning Monday the 28th, I will begin the countdown of Fred Hystere’s Top 25 Albums Of 2011! I can’t wait! Oh and I’ll also be debuting a new look for the site in the coming weeks as well in preparation of 2012 – which WILL be my year. I can feel it!
As always, I want to thank all of you for your continued support and kind words you continue to shower upon me on a daily basis. I read every email you send and they all mean more to me than you know.
I’ll leave you this week with Fred Hystere’s Top 10 Music Videos Of 2011! Some are sad; some weird – but ALL are incredible in their own unique way. Please take a few minutes to watch every single one of them!
That’s all for me! Have a great weekend and I’ll see you all next week!
Planningtorock is the recording moniker of Berlin-based UK artist, Janine Rostron. I’ve written about my love of PTR before and will continue to do so at every opportunity because her new album “W” is hands down one of the best I’ve heard all year.
I’ve heard PTR’s music described as avant garde pop and mentioned in the same breath with artists such as The Knife and iamamiwhoami, but I personally find her music more interesting and accessible than either one of those two. Don’t get me wrong, I love both of those artists too, but for some reason I feel as though I can relate to Planningtorock’s music more than just about any other artist I’ve heard all year.
The visual element that PTR adds to her music always has the ability to make me happy, sad, scared and fascinated all at once. She’s just released the music video for my favorite song off “W” called “Living It Up” and it’s exactly what I picture a dance party with PTR to look like. However, I’m not sure that I like the version of the song used for the video; so be sure to check out the album version.
The goal of this website is to expose you to new and old music; and make you laugh along the way. My sense of humor and ear for music are my gifts to you. No matter how much your life sucks, you still have the ability to laugh. So, screw it – let’s laugh together every day on this site!
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