Video: Fort Lean - “Perfect”

Taken from the band’s self-titled debut EP, Fort Lean's official music video for “Perfect”, which takes the beachy Gotham indie pop act into weirdo found footage territory, compliments of directors Andrei Bowden-Schwartz, Ted Feldman, and JJ Hurvich (as Night Waltz). Get your hands on the free EP now, and keep watch over Fort Lean in 2011/2012 because they’re not going anywhere but up.


Web: My Gold Mask just did a Daytrotter session

(photo by Jim Newberry)

One of our favorite bands meets one of our favorite Web sites, as Chicago lovely drums and guitar duo My Gold Mask have just done a Daytrotter session, recording four songs in a stripped-down format (“Violet Eyes”, “All Up In The Air”, “Ghost In Your Bed”, “Your Coo Ka Choo”). The session was just posted yesterday and the songs are a must-download/must-own format.


Web: Stream Active Child’s new record “You Are All I See” on the Hype Machine now

This Tuesday, singer/songwriter Pat Grossi aka Active Child is releasing his debut album, You Are All I See, unto the world via Vagrant Records, which includes ten new songs of blissful moments and aching moments too. Before you buy the record (and you will buy the record, no?), you can stream the whole thing using the widget above, courtesy of your dear friends at the Hype Machine. Thanks guys. It’s a beautiful gift you’ve given.


Photos: Girls & Boys on August 19

Last night at Webster Hall, dub warriors Terravita, SPL and Trowa joined Hellfire Machina and Alex English for a night of good times, sweaty fans and some old fashioned fun. Or, er, new-fashioned fun. Anyway, we hung out until we got headaches from the low end (too much dubstep, you know?), but we stayed just long enough to get a ton of messy photos.

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Video: LCMDF - “Take Me To The Mountains”

As if they were raised on a steady diet of The Slits and acid house bass lines, Le Corps Mince de Francoise (LCMDF) have unleashed “Take Me To The Mountains”, the video for which puts them indoors and out with a fisheye lens, some flashlights, their equipment, an alien head mask and all the bratty and vicious sentiments we’ve come to know as part of their trademark. Wonderful, wonderful stuff this.


RSVP: Terravita, SPL, Trowa and more tonight at Webster Hall for Girls & Boys

Tonight at Webster Hall in New York City for Girls & Boys, bass rules the air, with Hot Pink Delorean alter ego project Terravita headlining, along with low end hooligans SPL and Trowa also appearing to shake and rattle the crowd with tunes. Opening up will no doubt be the G&B residents, RekLES and Alex English.

Friends of the program, if you’re over 21 years of age, just drop your name here and get in easy breezy for the discounted price of $5—before midnight. Under 21 or a late-comer? Admission is just $15 on the list too. When you arrive at the door, go to the “Guest List Check-In” area and say you signed up on THE CULTURE OF ME list. We’ll see you there!


Stream: Preview Junkie Wife feat. She - “Ain’t Coming Down” + remixes

Releasing on August 29 via Kismet, the new single from slowed down house producer Junkie Wife features the vocal assistance of the sultry She, and the remix package contains both a Jozif mix and a Cosmonauts mix, making a well-rounded 4am killer. You can preview all three cuts (two minutes each, the Jozif one runs 3 minutes) right now via Soundcloud below. London-based Jozif is one to watch, if you haven’t been already (like Wolf + Lamb has been).

(mp3)    Junkie Wife feat. She - Ain’t Coming Down preview


Web: Get “Thursday”, the new album from The Weeknd right now

Nine more songs of sexed up and drugged up love songs from Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd are now available for free download, much like the first mixtape/album that electrified the pop world just a few months ago, House of Balloons. Thursday is full of more of Tesfaye’s penchant for women in danger, women who cause danger and scenarios that both imply, and it features a few songs leaked before (“Rolling Stone”, “The Birds”) and all nine are worthy of many a repeat today and into the future.


01 Lonely Star
02 Life Of The Party
03 Thursday
04 The Zone
05 The Birds Part One
06 The Birds Part Two
07 Gone
08 Rolling Stone
09 Heaven Or Las Vegas


Download: Plaid - “Missing”

Sure, Plaid haven’t put out an album in eight years, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a problem with that scenario after listing to “Missing”, the lead track from their upcoming album dubbed Scintilli, which hits September 27 via the kids at Warp. Ethereal, swirling and cutting, “Missing” is just as good as you’ll get to get you in the mood for more from Plaid, so listen to it over and over again until the album drops, you know?


Stream: White Arrows - “Get Gone”

Honestly though this is the best song you’ll hear today, even if it’s a bit on the older side in blog timelines (it came to the Web about a month ago), but it’s another example how the guys of White Arrows make infectious and enjoyable little morsels of hand-clapping indie pop that are as undeniably fun as they are inevitably quite simple. There’s nothing high-reaching here on “Get Gone”, but whatever. Just enjoy having fun for a few minutes, and go back to nay-saying that sort of attitude in other people right afterward.

(mp3)    White Arrows - Get Gone


Live: Discovery is Saturday with Eddie C and Kid Color

This Saturday Discovery is back in the basement of Santos Party House after a short stint last month in the upstairs of the venue, with special guest D.J. sets from the excellent Kid Color and Eddie C and residents VDRK and Free Magic will be kicking things off and wrapping things up in high style as usual. Entry is free before midnight with your RSVP, and $10 after. We’ll see you guys there.


Getting Sassy with…Michael Woods

We here around THE CULTURE OF ME were once obsessed with all things relating to Sassy and Dirt magazines. And while those titles are long gone, the sentiment of how they covered the culture industries has indeed left its mark on writers and culture vultures everywhere. It is because of that influence that we are proud to present our features post, “Getting Sassy with…”, wherein we bring you that much closer to your favorite bands by way of a simple Q&A session that’s both painless and informative. Ha! Beat that, FOX News!

This time: Michael Woods.

Leading up to another year of the Electric Zoo Festival happening across Labor Day weekend here in New York City, we’ve once again teamed with the people at Made Event and festival organizers to bring you closer to and give the spotlight over to the dozens of acts who’ll be gracing the stages.

With over thirty singles in the game and well over fifty remixes, UK producer Michael Woods floats around within various music genres including electronic, trance and house, working all under the monikers Warrior, Accadia, M1 and M3 and his given name himself. More than ten years and a few great chart placings throughout his career, we were super thrilled with Woods’s answers to our questionnaire, where he talked about Dan Brown, Sabrina, his first vinyl from Warrior and of course Haddaway.

Michael Woods.


I now live in:

Number of States visited?

My favorite place in my hometown is:
Chicken Shop.

Most recent phone bill total?

Items found in my day-to-day bag (if applicable)?

First album bought on your own?
Madonna, The Immaculate Collection.

Favorite song memorized as a child?
“Baa Baa Black Sheep”.

When I sing in the shower, it’s usually:
Haddaway, “What Is Love?”

The one song that must be on every mixtape is:
Energy 52, “Cafe Del Mar”.

Last book read?
Angels And Demons by Dan Brown.

Favorite book ever?
Cain & Abel by Jeffery Archer.

Favorite thing you bought this year?
Casio calculator watch.

Instruments played (chronologically)?
Piano, trumpet, drums, guitar.

Least favorite day job before getting this gig?
Factory worker.

Favorite record this year?
Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa. “Feedback”.

Favorite record ever?
Three Drives On A Vinyl, “Greece 2000”.

The one record I’d save from a house fire is:
My one and only vinyl copy of Warrior.

Guilty pleasure record you don’t want us to know about?
“Take Control” by State of Mind.

My favorite place to play on tour is:

If I wasn’t doing music I would be:
Professional soccer player.

Last illegally downloaded song/album (be honest)?
The British National Anthem.

Latest TV addictions?
“Top Gear”.

Favorite music video this year?
"Boys Boys Boys" by Sabrina.

Who is in your dream band (must be living musicians)?
Steven Tyler and Dave Grohl.

The best concert I went to this year was:
I haven’t been to any this year! :(

Recent song you can’t get out of your head?
Laidback Luke, “Natural Disaster”.

Press play on your iPod/media player and list the first three songs that come up.
Humate, “Love Stimulation”; Air, “Kelly Watch The Stars”; ATB, “9pm Til I Come”.

Michael Woods plays the Red Bull Riverfront stage on Sunday, September 4.

(mp3)    Warrior - If You Want Me