David J

In the Temple of the Id

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Bauhaus/Love and Rockets bassist J and Ebola Music Orchestra's Plum's (composer for Nickelodeon's animated show Making Fiends) limited-edition single features music from the former's play, The Chanteuse and the Devil's Muse, and associated indie movie, The Devil's Muse. Like James Elroy's heart-stopping novel made into a lousy movie, it revisits the infamous, unsolved, gruesome mutilation L.A. murder mystery of Elizabeth Short, sensationalized as "The Black Dahlia," on January 15, 1947. The A-side is as chilling as the subject, constructed on a stutter guitar line like Wire's "Practice Makes Perfect" and "I Am the Fly," and lyrics that put you in the room where the unfortunate victim met her grisly end. (Brrrrr.) The flip, "Indelible Blue [Barebones Version]," is acoustic-light catharsis, like an early-'70s David Bowie folk-rock track. Modern murder ballads rarely come so beautifully uncomfortable.