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Chromatics Band, Kill for Love

Chromatics, Kill For Love

The new Chromatics album starts with a remake of the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey My My (Into the Black).” It’s a bold move to open a record with a cover, much less a cover of such a seminal rock anthem. Young himself did two versions of the song on the 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps, and the tune has since been redone by everyone from Dave Matthews to Oasis to Battlme, whose version appeared in the FX family drama Sons of Anarchy, a.k.a. Hamlet on Harleys. Yet the Chromatics cover –a closer cousin to Young’s acoustic “My My Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” than the electric “Into the Black” –works both in its own right and as a prelude to the rest of Kill for Love. Singer Ruth Radelet replaces Young’s nasal earnestness with her ethereal tone and narcotic delivery, the anthemic A minor guitar riff survives, and percussive squeaks foreshadow the album’s hypnotic electronic melancholy.

Chromatics have made music for nearly a decade, but were relatively obscure until their 2007 song “Tick of the Clock” not only made it onto last year’s acclaimed Drive soundtrack, but accompanied the movie’s opening scene. According to the liner notes, Kill for Love took five years to make and was recorded in seven cities: Montreal, Los Angeles, Houston, Minneapolis, Paris, Jakarta, and the band’s hometown of Portlandia. (Their record label, Italians Do It Better is based in New Jersey. Ohhhhh.)

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Frontier Psychiatrist Monthly Mixtape

Thanks to our busy time at SXSW, we were a bit slow on posting  our mixtape this month.  So, instead of the usual two-installment approach, today we deliver the whole thing.   This should be more than enough music to distract you from your actual work on this Friday afternoon.

1. Chromatics – “Kill for Love”

2. El-P – “The Full Retard”

3. Ty Segall & White Fence – “I Am Not a Game”

4. Spaceghostpurrp – “No Evidence (Edit)”

5. Lemonade – “Neptune”

6. Holograms – “Hidden Structures”

7. Balam Acab – “Come True”

8. Action Bronson – “9-24-11”

9. Screaming Females – “Expire”

10. Mister Lies – “I Walk”

11. Titus Andronicus – “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus”

12. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

13. Neon Indian – “Hex Girlfriend (Twin Shadow Remix)”

14. For Romeau – “SW9”

15. Zammuto – “The Shape of Things to Come”

16. Children of the Night feat. T. Shirt & Roc Marciano – “’86 Mets (3:05 AM)”

18. Lushlife feat. Styles P – “Still I Hear The Word Progress”

19. Lower Dens – “Propagation”

20. Killer Mike feat. Scar – “Untitled”


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