Mike McClain gives you a brief introduction to three new tracks for your spinning pleasure. This week, hear new music from Dirty Beaches, Hunx and His Punx and Crystal Stilts.
Dirty Beaches taps into inspirations not often heard in today’s scenes (besides beaches, of course…), filtering rock and roll before it knew what it was through psychobilly. Mimicking the haunted off-kilter warble of Gun Club or The Cramps, Zhang Hungtai achieves some kind of sleazy delight through twisted haze. “Lord Knows Best” is carried by a repetitive piano line, dancing between his murmurs of infatuation: “Lord knows best that I don’t give a damn about anyone but you.”