Showing All "Dirty Beaches" Posts

Since 2008 I've put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year's band breakups. It's a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a…   Read Story »
The Montreal-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai has stopped releasing music under his Dirty Beaches moniker; he's moved on to calling himself Last Lizard. But before he retired the Dirty Beaches name,…   Read Story »
The Taiwan-born, Montreal-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai spent years releasing murky, enigmatic, retro-leaning music under his Dirty Beaches alias, but he announced last month that he was done…   Read Story »
When a band is really just one guy, it doesn't make much sense to say that the band is breaking up. But Dirty Beaches are no more. Alex Zhang Hungtai, from Montreal, has been making murky, sinister…   Read Story »
Whether he's evoking the aural equivalent of a Wong Kar-Wai film or the frenzied rage of Suicide, the music created by Alex Zhang Hungtai under the moniker Dirty Beaches always brings a passionate…   Read Story »
Last year Alex Zhang Hungtai, better known by his moniker Dirty Beaches, released the double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil which split its discs in the style of Bowie's Low (and both were recorded…   Read Story »
Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process…   Read Story »
Alex Zhang Hungtai, bka Dirty Beaches, recently released Drifters/Love Is The Devil, an ambitious double-album that dazzles with his cinematic lo-fi sound. Its latter half is filled with intensely…   Read Story »
There is no denying that Alex Zhang Hungtai is an intense dude. As the heart and soul behind Dirty Beaches, he makes music that is equal parts beautiful, heartbreaking, and (occasionally) terrifying.…   Read Story »
I'm not entirely sure this week's pick for best video even qualifies as a music video; it certainly stretches the definition. But in its impeccable planning and its flawless execution, it captured…   Read Story »