Friday afternoon music: Cold Cave



Download: “Love Comes Close” – Cold Cave

Title song from the debut longplayer from Philadelphia’s Cold Cave. Yeah, the mimicry here is pretty thick—New Order’s “Your Silent Face,” sung by Joy Division’s Ian Curtis—but the chorus achieves enough of a pop lift-off to make all the quoting worth it. It’s the mid-’80s, you’re a KROQ devotee on your way to Melrose with the other kids from high school that dare to dye their hair. The sun is brutal, the smog is thick, you’re wearing black and feeling like anything can happen but probably won’t. This is your song.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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