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How To Dress Well – “& It Was U (Elite Gymnastics Remix)”

How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell and Elite Gymnastics’ James Brooks are two Midwestern bedroom-studio auteurs who think hard about music that a whole lot of people regard as complete piffle and who twist that music into emotive, insightful music of their own. They are natural fits for one another. Back in 2011, How To… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2013 - 2:15 pm

How To Dress Well – “& It Was U” Video

The skittering gospel-house thumper “& It Was U” is my favorite song from How To Dress Well’s excellent sophomore album Total Loss, and now it has a video from director Luke Gilford. Tom Krell, otherwise known as How To Dress Well, doesn’t appear. Instead, it tells the story of a gold-lame-wearing, Segway-riding vision who appear… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012 - 11:19 am

How To Dress Well – “Blue Crystal Fire” (Robbie Basho Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

The deluxe edition of How To Dress Well’s new, excellent Total Loss features a bonus 7”, a release that features a cover of Robbie Basho’s mesmerizing “Blue Crystal Fire.” HTDW figurehead Tom Krell brings gives the song a little breathing room and replaces low croon with his own echoing falsetto. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 5, 2012 - 9:19 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2012

Fall has fallen, as they say. As a result this month’s mix of ten tracks delivered right on time for September’s grand finale has all the classic ingredients of a prosperous autumn: rap, punk, post-punk, R&B, and a Paul Westerberg song. They appear here generally in that order, diligently sequenced to include Weekend Money +… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2012 - 9:42 am

Stream How To Dress Well Total Loss

From what we’ve heard so far — “Cold Nites,” “Ocean Floor For Everything” and “& It Was U” — the new How To Dress Well record sounds to be the most assertive, fully-formed thing we’ve heard from Tom Krell, who has gotten along just fine behind the mist. Today, he put the entirety of TotalMore »

By: Corban Goble / September 10, 2012 - 3:30 pm

How To Dress Well – “& It Was U”

How To Dress Well’s Total Loss is out later this month, and today Tom Krell delivers the joyous “& It Was You,” a spare, thumping R&B cut that finds Krell harmonizing with himself, pulling his voice further forward than ever. Even though people are pretty quick to draw the line between How To Dress Well… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 5, 2012 - 1:39 pm

How To Dress Well Covers Janet Jackson

Lo-fi R&B chamber-music type How To Dress Well will soon release Total Loss, his sophomore album, and we’ve already heard the album tracks “Ocean Floor For Everything” and “Cold Nites.” On a bonus 7″ that’ll come with pre-orders of the album, he’s also recorded a spare but faithful and heartfelt cover of Janet Jackson’s great… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2012 - 10:45 am

How To Dress Well – “Cold Nites”

Murky R&B mutater How To Dress Well announced the impending release of his sophomore album Total Loss a couple of months ago, and we posted the excellent first single “Ocean Floor For Everything.” And now we’ve got another track in the form of the spacious, roiling “Cold Nites.” Listen to it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2012 - 11:25 am

How To Dress Well Remixes Carly Rae Jepsen

How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell has been making the rounds lately in preparation for his Acéphale debut Total Loss, a release that he recently teased with the great single “Ocean Floor For Everything.” Now, he’s put out a mixtape featuring remixes of ASAP Rocky, Future, The-Dream, Melanie Fiona, and yes, Carly Rae Jepsen. Finally! More »

By: Corban Goble / June 4, 2012 - 3:51 pm

How To Dress Well – “Ocean Floor For Everything”

The lo-fi R&B adventurer Tom Krell, who records as How To Dress Well, just announced that he’ll release the sophomore album Total Loss later this year. And he’s shared one track from it: An utterly beguiling and affecting slow-motion swoon called “Ocean Floor For Everything.” If this song is any indication, the album could really… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2012 - 11:59 am

How To Dress Well Covers Xiu Xiu

As a part of the fundraising effort for music journalism venture, the founders have put together a compilation (and a box set, for a larger donation) featuring artists like Beach Fossils, Pure X, Grimes, Blondes, JEFF The Brotherhood and many more. Today, How To Dress Well’s contribution, a cover of Xiu Xiu’s “Clowne Towne,”… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 8, 2012 - 3:46 pm

How To Dress Well – “Suicide Dream 2 (elite gymnastics Baptism)”

A couple of weeks ago, we posted “h e r e i n h e a v e n 3,” mutant R&B spectre How To Dress Well’s cover of a track from the conceptual dance-pop duo elite gymnastics. And elite gymnastics have now returned the favor, remixing “Suicide Dream 2,” a song from HTDW’s JustMore »

By: Tom Breihan / October 11, 2011 - 9:03 am

Remixtape Vol. 6

It’s the return of Remixtape, the feature where I listen to a tremendous amount of shitty blog-bait “X Remixes Y” tracks and weed out those worth your weed-out. (Right?) Volume 6 opens with this month’s undisputed champion of tracks bearing Remix in their title: the indomitable “Huzzah!” featuring a fierce set of relatively underground rapper… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 30, 2011 - 4:00 pm

elite gymnastics – “h e r e i n h e a v e n 3″ (Cover By How To Dress Well)

Over the summer, the internet-addled production duo elite gymnastics released their sparkling Ruin 1 & 2 collection online, and it was enough to generate a ton of buzz and get them signed to Acéphale, the label that’s legit-releasing the digital version of Ruin 1 & 2 this week. And soon, elite gymnastics will also… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 28, 2011 - 9:00 am

Active Child – “Playing House” Video (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Earlier in the summer, we posted “Playing House,” a sort of summit meeting of forlorn bedroom-indie falsetto addicts Active Child and How To Dress Well. That track now has a video, and whether it’s intended or not, the thing comes off as being very, very silly. It’s full of cheesed-out smoke effects and quivering tear-lined… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2011 - 3:30 pm

How To Dress Well – “Suicide Dream 2 (Holy Other Remix)”

Berlin producer and Remixtape veteran Holy Other does his ghoulish thing on this rework of one of How To Dress Well’s strongest tracks, “Suicide Dream 2.” The cut appears on How To Dress Well’s latest EP, Just Once. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 31, 2011 - 3:47 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Sunday Recap

Pitchfork Fest’s final day was a scorcher. We’re still recovering, but our tireless photog Graeme Flegenheimer braved the heat to deliver pics of Ariel Pink, Baths, Cut Copy, Deerhunter, How To Dress Well, Kurt Vile, Kylesa, Shabazz Palaces, Superchunk, TV On The Radio, Twin Sister, and Yuck. Sorry, no OFWGKTA. Check out the scenes i… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 18, 2011 - 10:54 am

How Independent Rockers Celebrated #IndependenceDay

How did you celebrate July 4th? On a rooftop BBQ listening to our summer mix? Maybe you stayed in and watched old episodes of Hoarders on Roku? Maybe I stayed in and did that. There is no way to know. But all across this great country we do know there were fireworks to be see… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 5, 2011 - 1:07 am

Active Child – “Playing House” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Keeper of an especially frozen falsetto Pat Grossi, aka L.A.’s Active Child, is releasing his debut album You Are All I See on Vagrant at the end of the summer. The 10-song collection was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid. Here’s one of those songs, “Playing House,” which features the guest vocals of fellow Stereogum Class OfMore »

By: brandon / June 9, 2011 - 10:45 am

Remixtape Vol. 4

You’ll only need a half hour to make it through this month’s Remixtape. Download:

Stereogum Remixtape Vol. 4 (.zip, 65.8MB)

01 SBTRKT – “Wildfire [Feat. Little Dragon] (Drake Remix)”
02 Invisible Conga People – “Can’t Feel My Knees (Dub)”
03 d’Eon – “Transparency (How To Dress Well… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 4:53 pm