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Plus: Reader music listings dude Luca Cimarusti on the Weeknd chopped and screwed, and Bruce Lamont of Bloodiest on the Soft Moon's dark synth

Nirvana

Nirvana

Kirk Weddle

Luca Cimarusti, Reader music listings coordinator

The Weeknd chopped and screwed remixes: I realize that the idea of actually listening to chopped and screwed remixes (which are slowed down and intentionally skipped and scratched) may sound ridiculous. But when Abel Tesfaye's introspective R&B jams are given the purple drank treatment, their depth, beauty, and eeriness are majorly intensified. The best versions I've found are made by a DJ named Kp'da Truth.

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Wax Idols, No Future: This recent HoZac release cannot find its way off of my turntable. Insanely hooky girl-fronted garage-pop played with maximum efficiency. Led by Hether Fortune, who's played in San Fran's Bare Wires, Hunx & His Punx, and Blasted Canyons, this record is full of excellently crafted gems that don't rely on the girly-girl gimmicks that the Best Coasts of the world often do.

Nirvana, everything: When the Nevermind 20th anniversary arrived back in September, I decided to revisit Nirvana's records and have ended up listening to at least one of them every day since. I feel like I get it now more than I did when I was younger. I especially love how blatantly they wear their influences: each song is a display of Rapeman, Pixies, Melvins, and Flipper worship.

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