How To Dress Well —Love Remains, 2010 2010 ended with a bang. A year that felt lethargic and calm in June (musically, anyway) turned on its head, as we bore witness to some of the most ambitious, grandiose projects of the 21st century. This album isn’t an exception per se, but it doesn’t quite fit the mold either. How To Dress Well, Brooklynite Tom Krell’s alias, unleashes a reverb-drenched psychedelic fog of organic sampling and melting vocals that gets thicker as the album rolls on. But it’s far from gray and dull – on the contrary, Krell’s brainchild is as colorful as it is moving. If this year is best summed up by Kanye West’s epic nightmare, consider Love Remains the soundtrack for a profound dream conjured during a restful nap. After every listen, you’ll wake up refreshed and enlightened. There’s truly no better feeling. -Jesse Javna
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"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." — Victor Hugo
Last Night, I went to a show at a bar called PJ’s Lager House in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, just a block from the former site of Tiger Stadium, now Ernie Harwell Park, which is just an enormous empty lot with a baseball diamond in the middle of it. This morning, my ears are still ringing, but lord am I glad, as they ring with memories of a two-man outfit that like to call themselves Pure Country Gold and hail from that great Northwestern utopia of Portland, Oregon. If the genre ‘punkabilly’ didn’t yet exist, they’ve created it. Perfectly simple, hard driving, high-energy rock music with a healthy dose of country-blues twang. To quote the band's website, they like to play "fast fun loud rock music for the people." And to quote Petey, the terrific twosome's frontman, they're called "Pure Country Gold, and this is a song called Pure Country Gold, off the album Pure Country Gold; it's about being us: Pure Country Gold. We hope you enjoy it."
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