As previously announced, ZOO MUSIC will be releasing the limited edition Badlands 12” vinyl record on March 29 from Montreal minimalist Dirty Beaches. In anticipation of the release, Pitchfork is hosting the dreamy sonic waves of “Sweet 17” and you can download it here.
Pressed in a limited edition of 500 vinyl records, Badlands features eight exclusive unreleased tracks coated in noise, echoed vocals and layered distortion. We highly recommend hitting up the pre-order shop as supplies are very limited.
Additionally, Dirty Beaches will also be embarking on a national tour with Dum Dum spring of 2011. A full list of dates is below.
Dirty Beaches is the sound of waves against a picturesque and putrid shore, the silent rumble of a Chevy as it speeds by in slow motion. Sparse but condensed, relentlessly edging forward: this is music for locomotive travel, for racing your weary motorcycle through neon archways and into dusky tunnels. The man behind Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai; solo performer, sound-smith, and trans-Pacific nomad.
Born in Taiwan, Hungtai has made Toronto, Honolulu, Montreal, and Vancouver his homes. Like Bo Didley or minimalist synth provocateurs Suicide, Dirty Beaches’ compositions are not so much stripped down as refined to their essence. Drum loops entrance, Hungtai’s croon enchants, and the yearning melodies draped overtop belie as much a sense of haunting mystery as they do romanticism and wry humor
01. Speedway King
03. Sweet 17
04 A Hundred Highways
05. True Blue
06. Lord Knows Best
07. Black Nylon
1/22 BEIJING, CHINA w/ Fat City, The Offset: Spectacles, Lu Xin Pei)
2/16 BOTTOM OF THE HILL, SAN FRANCISCO CA*
2/18 CASBAH, SAN DIEGO CA*
2/21 HI DIVE, DENVER CO*
2/23 BILLIKEN CLUB, ST. LOUIS MO*
2/24 EMPTY BOTTLE, CHICAGO IL*
2/25 MAGIC STICK, DETROIT MI*
2/26 EL MOCAMBO, TORONTO ONT*
2/27 IL MOTORE, MONTREAL QUE*
3/01 METRONOME, BURLINGTON VT*
3/02 BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL, BOSTON MA*
3/04 BOWERY BALLROOM, NEW YORK NY*
3/05 JOHNNY BRENDA’S, PHILADELPHIA PA*
3/06 BLACK CAT, WASHINGTON DC*
3/08 LOCAL 506, CHAPEL HILL NC*
3/09 MILESTONE, CHARLOTTE NC*
3/10 EARL, ATLANTA GA*
3/11 JACKRABITTS, JACKSONVILLE FL*
3/12 SOCIAL, ORLANDO FL*
3/13 ORPHEUM, TAMPA FL*
* w/ Dum Dum Girls