I like my beaches dirty as long as Alex Zhang Hungtai is the one doing all the thrashing and trashing. Alex has had a few releases so far but his debut full-length called Badlands is expected out March 29 on Zoo Music. You can pre-order it in the US at Insound, or in the UK or EU at Rough Trade.
I have to say, the Badlands are pretty badass; and from what I can tell so far, so is this album. This full-length (and Dirty Beaches, in general) has a Cass McCombs meets Elvis thing going on, mixed with the perfect amount of psychedelic pop—a combination any caged animal or romantic soul simply cannot resist.
Here are three songs off of this 8-track LP.
[MP3] Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best
[MP3] Dirty Beaches - True Blue
[MP3] Dirty Beaches - Sweet 17
True Blue and Sweet 17 were actually released back in August and can be purchased at Amazon or elsewhere. Also, Amazon has made this album available for an early listen, so I'd head over there and check out the rest of the LP, too; but first, watch this new video by Magic Chill for Lord Knows Best.
Lord only knows how good this is.
Dirty Beaches - Lord Only Knows from MAGIC CHILL on Vimeo.
A quote from Alex (via Rough Trade):
"The concept behind Badlands, is about a man who is possessed by the road. My mother used to say to me, "you walk at night often enough, sooner or later you'll run into a ghost."
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