Voyage Through Innerspace With The Video For Ablebody’s ‘Sally Hot Jazz’

On any given morning, my inbox is fully of a lot of quite pretty new music. But after a while, beauty for its own sake gets a trifle monotonous. Anyone can build a dreamy, inoffensive synth wash: the question is where you go from there. Ablebody, the solo project of Christoph Hoccheim, has a pretty good idea.

Hoccheim has played guitar for shoegaze-pop outfits The Depreciation Guild and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, but where those groups rely on fairly straightforward melody to animate most songs, Ablebody is interested in continuing to mutate the hooks in surprising ways. As one commenter had it: “Sally Hot Jazz,” from the All My Everybody EP, is “so harmonically off-balance. It really stretches your ears.”

Indeed, the harmonic shift around the 1:50 mark is the closest anyone has come (this year) to understanding what it is that makes Kevin Shields’ compositions for My Bloody Valentine so cool—you’ll want to go back again and again to feel out the strangeness of that groove. The video is a nice throwback as well: simple but trippy enough to get the job done. Get your Friday chill on with the entire EP, streaming below.

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Los Angeles Opening: FigOly

Located in the swank Luxe City Center Hotel and near Figueroa Street and Olympic Boulevard (hence the name), Bravo Top Chef Alex Reznik’s new FigOly creates a tempting Northern Italian-influenced brand of California cuisine (with references to Bellgaio, Cinque Terre, and glorious Toscana).

And where else could one hope to order something as cross-continentally intriguing as warm buffalo mozzarella topped with macerated strawberries and black pepper nestled into a bed mâche? There’s even a Mamma Mia cocktail. A massive al fresco space and private cabanas offer epic views of the Downtown skyline. 

The Best Places to Watch the NYC Fireworks

Here at BlackBook, we take Independence Day pretty seriously. Not only is it a national holiday, but it’s also the only summer day we have off from work, thus presenting a wonderful excuse to indulge all day outside on charred, ketchup-drenched burgers, icy American beers, and semi-cheesy red/white/blue apparel. We’ve put together a list of our top five favorite places to witness that spectacular view of the fireworks and have a holiday that you won’t be able to stop thinking about the next day.