Icky Blossoms – Cycle (2012)

Since the dawn of history, or the early ’80s anyway, humans have enjoyed the combination of dramatic synthesizers, danceable drums, and yearning pop melodies. On their darkly stylish self-titled debut, Omaha trio Icky Blossoms, aided by producer Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, have created an album of sharp mechanical grooves and romantic attitude. Tracks like the sinister “Sex to the Devil” and throbbing “Heat Lightning” owe much to the catchy, downcast grandeur of Depeche Mode and New Order (and might remind you in places of newer bands like Cold Cave), but cast their own sensual shadows. Icky Blossoms was released July 17, 2012 on Saddle Creek. [Source]




Scarlett Johansson – Falling Down (2008)

Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits covers album, titled ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head,’ sees its release, with guest spots from David Bowie and production by TV on the Radio’s David Sitek. Spearheaded by Waits’ ‘Falling Down’ — from 1988’s ‘Big Time’ — this isn’t your average celebrity music makeover. “When I had the idea to do an album of Tom Waits songs, before I had even met Dave [Sitek], someone suggested I sing ‘Falling Down,'” Johansson tells Spinner. “But I decided it was too corny for me to do just because it has the lyric about ‘Scarlett and me.’ But Dave hadn’t even noticed it. When I mentioned it, he thought the synchronicity was crazy and I never even thought twice about it after that. I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.'” “With ‘Falling Down,’ our pursuit of making one song with both Kermit the Frog and David Bowie on it became a success,” Sitek adds. [Source]