"Hard Wired (ft. Isabella Goloversic)" by Perturbator // Dangerous Days (Available Now on Bandcamp)

I must be slipping. Halloween is seven weeks away and I have yet to start posting songs that would make great additions to a Haunted Mixtape (it kills you with synth vibes, apparently - coming soon to your local cinema). Anyway, let’s go ahead and get to work. The retrosynth pop sounds of Paris based artist, Perturbator, would be perfect for any neon-goth dance party, or the soundtrack for a particularly creepy 80’s horror film, but instead it’s going to be the sound of your chilly autumn nights. “Hard Wired” is a track from his recently released full length, Dangerous Days, and it is a brilliant piece of work. Sounding something like what I would imagine a band made up of John Carpenter, M83, and Johnny Jewel, and you’re just about there. Beautiful, ice-y synths shimmer beneath a neon-hued heartbeat that pulsates alongside ghostly choral backing vocals. The track also features vocal assistance from Memory Ghost's Isabella Goloversic. I could go on, but that would only delay the pleasure of hearing this stunner. Highest recommendation!

it’s the most wonderful time of the year.. (the hap-happiest season..)

A beautiful essay on one of my most enduringly favourite films. 




by Chad Perman

“The way to read a fairy tale is to throw yourself in.”
—W.H. Auden

Joe Versus the Volcano is all kinds of things at once—a fact which no doubt contributed to the poor reception it received upon its release in 1990—but at its heart, it’s a…


"Iroquois" by Cemeteries // Track & Field Summer Compilation Vol. 1 (Out 7.29.14 via Track and Field Records)

It’s been a pretty great summer (so far) for random one off singles and pre-release promos. The result usually finds me adding another name to my list of anticipated releases. When it comes to Cemeteries, it’s a name that stays on top of the list. Kyle J. Reigle’s haunting dream pop project is currently do for a new full length sometime in the next few months (release date TBD). In the meantime, Reigle’s contribution to the forthcoming Summer compilation from Track & Field records is here to satiate that hunger/anticipation. “Iroquois” finds the artist expanding and exploring new areas of his sound. There’s an ominous urgency here that calls to mind the earlier post-punk days of The Cure, but at the same time “Iroquois” feels one hundred percent like Cemeteries - which is always a good thing. In a very short amount of time, Reigle’s work has developed into a signature that feels wholly his own. When I look around at other bands exploring dream pop and shoegaze sounds, no one is doing it like Cemeteries. There’s an eerily beautiful atmosphere hovering over these tracks, that feels cinematic and alive in a way that very few artists are capturing these days, and it’s just one more reason to be excited for whatever is coming down the line from Cemeteries. 

Be sure to check out volume one of the Track & Field Summer Compilation, for this and many other tracks from up and coming artists. Of course, be sure to keep an eye peeled for that sophomore release from Cemeteries later this year. Highest possible recommendation. 



"Homeless Club Kids" by My Favorite (2000 // Joan of Arc Awaiting Trial)

When I made the list that I’m going to be working from in choosing the material for the Dreaming in Reverse, I found a bizarrely large number of them originate from the year 2000. I don’t know exactly what that says about myself or that particular year, but I can say that none of the songs from that year (and maybe that list) have anywhere near the number of cumulative plays over the years as My Favorite’s “Homeless Club Kids”. 

The track found it’s way to me that year on a CD compilation from CMJ, and in turn wound up as a go-to track for all sorts of mixtapes that i made in the following years. What always shocked me, but probably shouldn’t have - was that more than any other song that i’ve ever used on multiple mixtapes, “Homeless Club Kids” regularly got the best reaction. It’s easy to  why. It’s an incredible track and one that sounds like something that you’ve loved your whole life. There’s an ethereal beauty  coursing through the ghostly synth pop gem and it’s that lush design that makes it stand out - all the while leaving you wondering how this song never stormed the charts. 

The song originally was released on the band’s near-impossible-to-find EP, Joan of Arc Awaiting Trial, but later it was compiled on the band’s 2-disc collection of singles and out of print EPs, The Happiest Days of Our Lives. “Homeless Club Kids” would certainly place fairly high on any comprehensive list of my favorite songs of all time, and that should seem strange considering I’m not terribly familiar with the rest of their discography. Normally, when I discover a new song that blows me away, i investigate the rest of said band’s music in hopes of finding another homerun. With this song, I gave the compilation a solid listen, but nothing grabbed me quite the same way. So, many favorite songs from various bands carry with them a sense of nostalgia for the time that you discovered them, but truth be told, “Homeless Club Kids” never feels old or distant. Instead, it feels fresh after all of these years and if anything, it feels like  a celebration of a time that is still taking place. It even predates the huge swell of emotional electro pop that is currently making blogs buzz these past couple of years. 

It’s a favorite. Simple as that. Sadly, it’s a pretty deep cut and runs the risk of being forgotten if we don’t celebrate it’s existence every now and again with a series of repeat listens. 

LISTEN to “HOMELESS CLUB KIDS” by MY FAVORITE: Soundcloud // Youtube // iTunes 

This jam is pretty amazing. It’s been in permanent rotation for me ever since p|m|w introduced it to me a couple of years back, and is not likely to ever lose that status. Five minutes and twelve seconds of sheer joy. 


"We Exist" by Arcade Fire // Dir. David Wilson

Continuing the band’s streak of great videos, Arcade Fire has released their clip for “We Exist”. Directed by David Wilson and starring Andrew Garfield, the video is a powerful bit of short filmmaking about a woman struggling in a small town that is unwilling to accept her gender identity. The video takes some dark turns, but it also shifts into the inspirational / fantastical when we shift into the protagonists mind where we escape to a place that is more accepting and open. The live footage was shot during Arcade Fire’s set on the second weekend of Coachella. It’s a powerful piece of work and Andrew Garfield helps bring it to life in some really wonderful ways. 

Videos just plain don’t get much better than this. A must watch.


"Owls Talons Clenching My Heart" by PAWS // Youth Culture Forever (Out 5.6.14 via FatCat)

Glasgow’s PAWS does a heartaching love song as good as anyone by not doing what most others do. It’s not all tender balladry here, instead the band builds a loose, not-quite-mid-tempo indie rock sound to cushion the sad circles that singer Phillip Taylor sings himself into - not sure how to save a failing love, or if it’s even worth saving. It’s an effective delivery method mostly because PAWS just genuinely sounds fucking great, not to mention it’s sort of unsure lovesick lyrics are pretty damn solid to boot. The words get a little heavy handed and self deprecating, but so is most young love and “Owls Talons Clenching My Heart” does wonders capturing that feeling. It’s a standout track from a fantastic album. These guys deserve to break here in a big way. 

On repeat for the foreseeable future. You’ve been warned.