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It’s always been ‘Cruel Summer’

By July 11, 2014 Growing Up Geek, Music

“Hot summer streets, and the pavements are burning. I sit around, trying to smile, but the air is so heavy and dry.”

The hot summer breeze drifts into the Valley, carrying along with it the promise of recreation and a respite from the daily grind. My own adventures begin when I lace up a fresh pair of black Converse sneakers and hear my favorite summer jam on the radio. Sometime near late May, radio stations mercilessly shuffle and repeat playlists until a single track – through sheer tyranny of will – conquers the national zeitgeist, becoming the unofficial ‘song of summer.’ For me, it happens to be Bananarama’s Cruel Summer.

It’s always been Cruel Summer.
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The Pool Scene from “Let The Right One In”

By July 10, 2014 Growing Up Geek, Movies, Music

Everything is calm just above the surface. I squirm nervously in my seat, helplessly watching as young Oskar is led into a watery trap.

While I found the whole film to be brilliant, it’s the final moments of Let The Right One In that forever sealed it in my subconscious. Apart from all the bloody dismemberment, there’s something quite haunting about the pool scene. It’s a flawlessly executed sequence, with slow-burning tension. The part that left a lasting impression for me was the synth-pop tune “Flash in the Night” playing on the radio. It’s this one small added detail that lent a haunting realism to the moment. The song immediately triggers for me a flood of nostalgia and emotional triggers.
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CHVRCHES – ‘Team’ (Lorde Cover)

By March 12, 2014 Music

It’s time for another completely rad CHVRCHES cover song! This week (it does seem weekly doesn’t it?) they’re putting some much-needed bleep and bloops in Lorde’s “Team” on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Damn, what I wouldn’t give to hear them cover “Royals.”

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Soak – Blud (CHVRCHES remix)

By February 27, 2014 Music

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The Chvrches trio has wasted no time in getting their new label Goodbye Records and first signed artist, Soak off to a proper start. While I think that Soak is immensely talented, I haven’t had her music in my regular rotation (apart from haunting my very soul – does that count?), so I’m thrilled to have this electrified Chvrches remix of her first single “Blud.”

They do an amazing job of picking up the page and adding their signature electronic flourishes, while maintaining the soulful integrity of her lyrics and sound.

(via: Nylon)

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CHVRCHES totally slay “Do I Want to Know?”

By February 18, 2014 Music

It seems like a week doesn’t go by where the electro-pop trio CHVRCHES haven’t done something awesome or unexpected. Fresh off the heels from their cover of the Bauhaus classic, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” they’re putting their spin on a current indie hit, “Do I Want to Know” by The Arctic Monkeys. The original track is already perfect in its own right, but the gang puts their own sublime spin on the ?track (which really comes together when the chorus kicks in).
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CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead (Bauhaus Cover)

By January 28, 2014 Music

“Bela Lugosi’s Dead. I’m dead. I’m dead. I’m dead.”

I was somewhat shocked and pleasantly surprised to find this audible delight in my news feed today. It’s from CHVRCHES (my favorite band of the moment) covering the classic goth Bauhaus track, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.

Do we call it a ‘track’? Or were they only called ‘songs’ or ‘cuts’ back in the day? Well whatever the case, it’s certainly a track now, among many others on the Vampire Academy soundtrack. At first glance, the idea of this particular cover is quite intriguing, but even before I clicked the play button I resigned myself to the fact that it’s not going to be the original track. And why should it really?

The track, which stirred up some strong opinions on Soundcloud, is a delightfully synth goth-lite version. Knowing CHVRCHES fascination with 80’s horror film scores, I was hoping that it would drift into darker waters. However, I think their interpretation is a perfect pairing for a teen vampire flick…and another nice addition to my growing collection of CHVRCHES cover songs.

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That crazy synth moment in “Tether” (Live)

By December 3, 2013 Music

You’ve probably heard this before. I’m a HUGE fan of the Glasgow indie synth-pop band CHVRCHES. Their debut album is sublime and they canpretty much do no wrong in my eyes, so don’t even try to convince me otherwise.

Anyway, I recently caught the first-leg of their North American tour, starting at the historic Fox Theater in Oakland. That’s how much I love this band; I risked my life to see them live in Oakland. While everyone around me held their smartphones in front of them for the duration of the concert, I waited patiently until the right moment.

This moment in particular is when the slow, melancholy song “Tether” suddenly explodes in a fury of synthesizers and epic awesomeness. The live version did not disappoint. Face melting awesome.

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I like my coffee like Depeche Mode. A Black Celebration

By May 30, 2013 Music


Forgot to post this recent screenshot from a ridiculous Facebook convo I had with Dirk recently.

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