I’m all for having serious conversations about the mournful symphonies on The Cure’s Disintegration
, or discussing the use of reverb on the Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy
, but right now I’m more into the amazing new music around. Here are just a few of the bands that are doing it for me at the moment.The Ruling Class
Fresh from a tour with the Charlatans U.K, these guys, along with bands like Deerhunter and Glasvegas, are spearheading an indie shoegaze revival. myspace.com/therulingclassukHTRK
With a yet-to-be released album produced by, and featuring, the great Rowland Howard, and a live sound more visceral than anything else around, the coming year should rightfully be theirs. Imagine Nico fronting an amalgamation of My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, and Mazzy Star.myspace.com/htrkThe Junkman Band
I heard the demo in a thrift store in Brooklyn and thought it was some late ‘70s No Wave band. The singer channels James Chance and Iggy Pop through a variety of discordant lounge jazz. If the band’s recordings proper are as good as the demo, we should all be hearing a lot more about the Junkman Band in 2009.myspace.com/thejunkmanbandEffi Briest
They’ve been around for a while but haven’t fully picked up steam yet. Effi Briest consist of seven girls with an arsenal of musical instruments at their disposal, playing endless Velvet Underground-esque jams in what I imagine to be the darkest corners of a hippie commune.Myspace.com/effibriestGil Mantera’s Party Dream
Their live sets often involve this ludicrously named band’s two out-of-shape front men doing push-ups, dancing like embarrassing dads, and pretending to fellate their keyboards. So if you like drunken dudes in shiny gold thongs berating audiences and pouring beer on each other while miming badly to cheesy ‘80s backing tracks, then this band is for you.Myspace.com/partydreamAmazing Baby
MGMT’s freak-rock protégés who, a week into their existence, had a show at Mercury Lounge and Mark Ronson raving about them. Imagine where they’ll be in a year. Vocalist Will Roan sounds like the bastard child of David Bowie floating around in a parallel universe filled with slick guitar licks, pumping drums, and acid-like effects. Believe me, it’s a place you want to visit. Myspace.com/theamazingbabyGlass Candy
Sleazy glam disco from visionary Portland producer Johnny Jewel. No computers are involved—just pure, organize, synth-driven music with Ida No spitting lines about big candy castles. This is a music tailor-made for the party of your dreams, a night watching the stars, or a fashion runway. Karl Lagerfeld has already embraced them. Time for the rest of us to follow.Myspace.com/glasscandyFASHION
Most people who know me know I don’t follow fashion. I mean, I just dyed the tips of my hair blue for God’s sake. I hate stars who look totally overstyled, like Victoria Beckham; give me Courtney Love, with her babydoll nighties and ripped fishnet tights, any day. For me, fashion is about pushing boundaries. Vivienne Westwood once told me that people who aren’t creative or have no love for art don’t dress up, I asked her why people should and she replied simply, “Because it’s fun.” Sage advice. Here are some trends I’m looking forward to in the coming year.Doc Martens
People seem to be moving toward the more practical side of fashion and you can’t get more reliable and all-purpose than Doc Marten boots. Check out the DMs with heels—yes, that’s right, with a three-inch heel! Special!Baggy Sweaters
Grunge is back. These are comfortable, cozy, and you can take one right off your old man’s back. Pair one with the black tights and heeled ankle boots.Muted Tones
Instead of stark monochrome or new rave fluoro, I think 2009 will see people dressing in shades of gray and green, more toned down and less outlandish.Hippie Chic
Fortunately, this is still very fashionable, and looks set to stay strong in the New Year. I love headbands, fur vests, and floaty paisley dresses that conjure up images of the ‘60s groupie Pamela Des Barres or Penny Lane in Almost Famous.
As opposed to the more sedate spots and stripes. I like to imagine an entire high street overflowing with clothes made out of curtain fabric.
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