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Know Your Beach Bands

In the mid-’00s, we witnessed a torrent of new bands with “wolf” in their names. Among the acts with lupine roots were Wolf Parade, Wolfmother, We Are Wolves, Sea Wolf, Wolf & Cub, and more. It got old, as trends do, and we reached Canis lupus critical mass in 2009 with Wolf Gang. The gentler… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / March 27, 2015 - 1:20 pm

In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

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 band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Dity Beaches – “Time Washes Everything Away” Video

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, he used it for one final record, an instrumental collection called Stateless. Stateless ended with a contemplative 15-minute ambient track called “Time Washes Everything… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 8, 2014 - 9:13 am

Last Lizard (Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai) – “Dickie’s Theme” & “Detroit (Excerpt)”

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 making music under that name. He also promised “NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015,” and today, we get to hear a bit of the first of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 17, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Dirty Beaches Break Up

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 music under that name since about 2005, though he didn’t release his debut album Old Blood until 2011. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 28, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Displaced”

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 intensity. He gave us the incredible double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil last year, and the rarities collection Neon Gods Of LostMore »

By: Miles Bowe / August 18, 2014 - 11:58 am

Stream Dirty Beaches Neon Gods Of Lost Youth

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 in Berlin!) to incredible results. Beginning with Drifters’ familiar Suicide-meets-rock-a-billy cuts like “Casino Lisboa” (which landed a spot on my TopMore »

By: Miles Bowe / May 23, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

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 of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Turntable Interview: Dirty Beaches & Dum Dum Girls

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 moody instrumental tracks that make for some heavy and heady listening. Hungtai stopped by to talk about the introspective album — and he brought along… More »

By: Melissa Locker / September 5, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Q&A: Dirty Beaches’ Alex Zhang Hungtai On Confounding Expectations (Mostly His Own) And His Musical Future

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. After the success of 2011’s Badlands — a breakthrough album nearly a decade in the making — Hungtai returns this month with the… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 29, 2013 - 4:55 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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 imaginations over the weekend and dominated the conversation come Monday. It felt like an actual honest-to-god event, and how many of those do… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 24, 2013 - 9:58 am

Dirty Beaches – “Casino Lisboa” Video

On the new double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil, Alex Zhang Hungtai’s Dirty Beaches project pushes its combination of tense lo-fi noise and sweaty rockabilly beyond its logical conclusion, laying on the bad vibes incredibly thick. And the group’s new video for the knife-edge throb “Casino Lisboa” has its own dark glamor to it. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Casino Lisboa”

Alex Zhang Hungtai’s Dirty Beaches will release Drifters/Love Is The Devil later this month and “Casino Lisboa” is his third offering from the LP. What starts as almost drone’s version of doo wop becomes a backbone for demented piano keys and fucked up carnival ephemera. Hungtai is a collagist, if ever there was one. Check… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Landscapes In The Mist”

Here’s the second offering from Alex Zhang Hungtai’s upcoming album. “Landscapes In The Mist” is, in its own way, fairly more energetic than the first release “Love Is The Devil.” It’s a free jazz slog sucked into a new wave vacuum, which for many wouldn’t really scream liveliness, but it chugs along with endurance and… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 5, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Love Is The Devil”

While Alex Zhang Hungtai’s breakthrough 2011 Badlands LP was most memorable for its greasy rockabilly (by way of Suicide, the Cramps, and David Lynch), he’s been experimenting with sounds and styles long before, and ever since. There was the instrumental “Elizabeth’s Theme” 7″ last year, for instance, and now Hungtai’s gone instrumental again on the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 28, 2013 - 10:16 am

Dirty Beaches – “Elizabeth’s Theme”

Kingfisher Bluez, a Vancouver indie label, is launching a new subscription singles series, sending out a limited number of one-sided 7″ singles. Artists like Rose Melberg and Apollo Ghosts have signed on to participate, and the first entry in the series comes from grimy rockabilly experimenter Dirty Beaches, who turns in the uncharacteristically placid instrumental… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Xiu Xiu Cover Erasure, Dirty Beaches Cover Françoise Hardy For Record Store Day

Tourmates Xiu Xiu and Dirty Beaches will release a split 7” for Record Store Day, featuring Xiu Xiu’s cover of Erasure’s “Always” and Dirty Beaches’ cover of Françoise Hardy’s “Tu Ne Dis Rien.” Head here to hear Xiu Xiu’s cover and here for Dirty Beaches’ (via Soundcloud). Tour dates below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 30, 2012 - 9:58 am

Dirty Beaches – “Stye Eye”

The decomposing-rockabilly auteur Dirty Beaches has a new limited-edition single out. The A-side is a live version of “Lone Runner,” and the B-side is a pounding, squalid track called “Stye Eye,” previously only out on an even-more-limited cassette release. Listen to “Stye Eye” below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 21, 2011 - 12:03 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s music-video MVP was whoever was responsible for researching New York signage in Kindness’s “Cyan” video. That must’ve taken a lot of work! As good as that video was, though, it couldn’t make it onto this week’s list. There’s just too much great stuff out there. Let’s get cracking. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Dirty Beaches – “Lone Runner” Video

Pretty much nothing is as it seems in this eerie clip for 40 Best New Bands alum Dirty Beaches’ “Lone Runner,” a clip that’s paired perfectly with the haunted, vintage feel of the track. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 13, 2011 - 11:37 am
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