Sunday, February 24, 2008

boys & girls come out to play

Ruminating on some new releases by boy/girl outfits lately: The Raveonettes

and the Kills

Both are fond of a stripped-down sound with lashings of feedback.

The Kills are all over the fash mags of late - the male half Jamie Hince is dating Kate Moss. They're stylish in the classic skinny-cigarettes-dark hair & leather rock aesthetic.

The Raveonettes are a little easier to warm to.
Danes who temper the coolness with a touch of sweet & sad...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Eye of the Devil/13

Wonderfully stylish and evocative film from 1966.
David Niven, Deborah Kerr and an impossibly gorgeous Sharon Tate & David Hemmings.
Niven is the eldest son returning to his ancestral chateau to complete a ritual which will ensure the town's survival.
A familiar trope but sharply shot in B&W with some genuinely sinister moments.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Buffalo Gals

From a spread in American Vogue, July 1983.

Malcolm MacLaren's "Buffalo Gals" was the craziest thing I ever heard that year.
Skipping, skratching, all messed up like 8 songs in 1 - and after seeing the video, it made you want to change everything you listened to, everything you wore, ditch your friends and fly to New York...even if you were only 12.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure

1973--a dark, slick cover with S/M overtones---'In Every Dream Home A Heartache'---need any more?