Eric Strickland and the B Sides
On his satisfyingly straightforward new album, “I’m Bad For You,” this North Carolina songwriter sounds best when he’s singing about things that are far worse for you. “The Whiskey Seems to Always Change My Mind” channels Waylon Jennings in his sleepless prime, and “Methamphetamines” is appropriately twitchy. And though Strickland leans old-school, the opening line of “Crude Oil Blues” confirms that he’s living in 2013: “I pulled up to the gas pump and it was $5 a gal.”
If you’re tired of partying like it’s 1999, then Daft Punk’s new album will take you to 1979, the new Disclosure album will transport you to 1989 and “Hanging Gardens” – the latest from Los Angeles duo Classixx – rewinds to somewhere around 1983. Fellow time travelers include LCD Soundsystem’s Nancy Whang and Pat Grossi of Active Child, who make memorable vocal cameos atop these foamy, post-disco dance tracks. But the album’s creamiest cuts are instrumental, including “A Fax From the Beach,”
a tune as strangely evocative as its title.