Farewell to Musician Sam Mehran

Musician Sam Mehran—founding member of Test Icicles, and also known as Outer Limits Recordings—has sadly passed away at just 31 years old. Along with Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and Rory Attwell, Mehran started the dance-punk band when all three were teenagers. The band released just one record, but each member went on to have successful music careers—writing with other artists, as well as solo …

Sunflower Bean’s Valentine’s Day Playlist for Cool Hunting

Love-themed songs that span the platonic, romantic, familial and more

New York trio Sunflower Bean is finishing up their tour just in time for the release of their new album Twentytwo in Blue, out 23 March. To celebrate the record, and Valentine’s Day, the band (aka Julia Cumming, Jacob Faber and Nick Kivlen) created a playlist especially for Cool Hunting. The band says, “It’s love themed. Not just romantic love, but like love you have …

Brad Walsh’s Human Ecosystem of Sounds, ANTIGLOT

An instrument-free album with vocal layering and manipulated body percussion

From the opening track forward, Brad Walsh‘s new album ANTIGLOT pulls the mind and spirit to a state of active meditation. For all its mystical elements—and the moments of rhythmic hypnotism—this is not background music. Walsh wants listeners’ attention and he manages to secure it without instruments or lyrics. It’s a tremendous departure from his last full-length, Six Infinite, and comparisons to Björk’s Medulla are …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An all-girl boy band, Björk's new book, how "Hair of the Dog" is real and more in our look at the web

1. “Hair of The Dog” is Real Peer-reviewed scientific publication Journal of Pain (which sounds like an excellent album title) has reported that booze is a more effective painkiller than acetaminophenwhich certainly explains why so many people use the “Hair of the Dog” excuse to get over a hangover. The study has shown that a blood alcohol content of approximately 0.08% (around three or four …

Challenging Gender Roles in China, an All-Girl Boy Band

The boy band Acrush is made up of five members—all of whom are girls. They’ve already accrued a substantial following (even before releasing any music) of primarily young female fans who call the band members “husbands.” While Acrush is challenging conservative Chinese beliefs and concepts surrounding gender, the band’s manager Wang Tianhai says, it’s neither political nor gimmicky, “They just enjoy the male appearance, the …