The best blog entry in ages: We love the peeps at WFMU, they keep track of bizzaro music so we don't have to. Case in point, the best collection of rip-off tracks ever. It's a contest, name the rip-offed artist, win prizes! I'm particularly fond of the all the Joy Division/Bauhaus/Siouxie imitators; you think we have it bad now with the retro revival! Just be glad this isn't the 80's my friends, when these kinds of bands sprang up like weeds everywhere -- not unlike today's Radiohead Replicas issue. Anyway, you'll never tell us that Interpol sounds exactly like Joy Division ever again after you hear the fantastically wonderfully derivative Primitive Romance. Seriously. I mean, now, THEY sound exactly like Joy Division.
One of the most beautiful songs I've heard in months:
Marissa Nadler -- Diamond Heart (site)
One of the most wonderfully bizzare songs I've heard in months:
Envelopes -- Put On Hold (site)
What David Sylvian's been up to (with Steve Jansen and Burnt Friedman): Nine Horses. It's dark, and jazzy, and both extremely minimal and strangely lush. But would you expect anything less from the very grown-up former members of Japan? And, not unlike that project's hallmark, Nine Horses seems light years ahead of every current trend, around some curve off in the distant horizon.
Nine Horses -- Wonderful World
Nine Horses -- When Monday Comes Around
Japan -- Night Porter
And, well, because you never thought this would exist: Shake and/or bounce yr. bootay to the remixed strains of The Boy Least Likely To (!?!?!?).
The Boy Least Likely To -- Monsters (Armand Van Helden Dub Mix)