Saw the Modfather's new album, "Saturn's Pattern," when I stopped by Rough Trade in Williamsburg yesterday, after buying new glasses at Classic Specs. The record store, which is named for and related to the famed indie record label from back in the day, is a New Wave geek's dream, complete with a huge selection of vinyl, cassettes, compact discs, DVDs and books, plus walls covered from top to bottom with photos of '80s pop stars. After a visit to the photo booth for retro black and whites, Damian and I might have stuck around for a coffee and pastry if the music had matched the atmosphere. Instead, there was a guy on the PA system screaming the N- and F-word over and over again, with no melody, no tune and no purpose. When it became clear that this auditory assault would never end, I fired up my Shazam app as we fled the premises, only to find out they were playing Kendrick Lamar's "u" and "Alright" from "To Pimp a Butterfly," which every music critic at The New York Times ranked as either the No. 1 or No. 2 best album of 2015. (It is unbelievably ATROCIOUS.) The emperor truly needs new clothes.
Order "Saturn's Pattern" HERE.