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On the Record: Hunx and His Punx, Fuck Buttons, Jackson Scott, Gogol Bordello, Selena Gomez, and Ebony Bones

imageHunx and His Punx
Street Punk
(Hardly Art)
Sounds like:
Seth Bogart’s weirdo rock endeavor has put the sunny, girl-groupy harmonizing aside for angry, loud and fast silly little punk songs.
Free association: For rock ‘n’ roll homos, it doesn’t get much better than this.
For fans of: Nobunny + Jay Reatard, Bleached/King Tuff + Lance Loud, crust gays.

imageFuck Buttons
Slow Focus
(ATP Recordings)
Sounds like:
The Brit duo’s third is really weird, but great noise pop with synths, beats and tweaks of found machines, atypical equipment and polyrhythms.
Free association: They’ve come so far—from lo-fi knob twisters to electronic artists.
For fans of: Brian Eno x Portishead/ Mogwai/Can, Animal Collective, sonic evolution.

imageJackson Scott
Melbourne
(Fat Possum Records)
Sounds like:
The North Carolinian debuts with a stunner of bedroom-recorded psychedelia that touches on indie, classic, surfy and shoegaze rock.
Free association: Perhaps best appreciated on drugs and/or without responsibilities.
For fans of: Syd Barrett, Ty Segall + Weezer x Atlas Sound, watching The Wall stoned.

imageGogol Bordello
Pura Vida Conspiracy
(ATO Records)
Sounds like:
The Ukranian-born Eugene Hütz dominates the gypsy punk collective’s sixth LP, which is a little more gritty than usual, but still tiresome.
Free association: When schtick is milked and peddled to death, this is what happens.
For fans of: DeVotchKa x Slavic Soul (Patch) Party! + watery Monotonix, ethnicized punk.

imageSelena Gomez
Stars Dance
(Hollywood Records)
Sounds like:
Her first official solo LP (without the Scene) plays like a Disney workout playlist, and we’re not mad. Full of big summer bangers with sick production.
Free association: She’s not a singer—we know this—but Demi and Miley, bow down.
For fans of: Hil Duff/DEV/Tay Swift + Biebs/Jonas Brothers, Spring Breakers.

imageEbony Bones
Behold, A Pale Horse
(1984 Records)
Sounds like:
The second from the British soap opera star-turned-musician is a darkly complex and enticing mix of artful pop, soul, punk and electronica.
Free association: A totally compelling and fascinating listen from start to finish.
For fans of: Janelle Monae/Santigold/V V Brown + Grace Jones, sampled elephants.


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