Oh, the crazy kids these days. In case you missed the headline, Sky Ferreira and DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith were arrested in New York on Friday. The two have been together for awhile now, and even claimed to be married earlier this year (but apparently not legally married). The arrests happened due to a series of violations, so let me try and break them down one by one. Police spotted the vehicle Smith was driving after it made “several vehicle and traffic infractions.” Basically he was driving erratically. On checking the registration of the vehicle, the license plates came back as stolen, and Smith doesn’t have a valid driver’s license or insurance or general vehicle registration. To say that he shouldn’t have been driving is obvious. Not only that, but Smith was apparently wanted by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant. To add something extra on that, he was found to be in possession of 42 decks of heroin. For those not in the know, a deck of heroin is a small bag of it, typically the cheapest size you can purchase it in, for about $7 a pop. What fascinates me is that all the charges against Smith are listed as misdemeanors. Of course even though Ferreira wasn’t driving, she was charged with a pair of misdemeanors as well for possession of ecstasy and resisting arrest. After all that, they were taken to jail where they posted bail shortly thereafter and went on their way. DIIV played a show the very next night. So what are my thoughts on an incident like this? Well, what we’re getting are the basic police report facts. Both Smith and Ferreira have been pretty quiet about the whole incident, except to say that they will have their day(s) in court and that the police were overly harsh with them. I don’t want to say that the artists deserve the benefit of the doubt, and when you’re caught with drugs heavier than marijuana it would seem to indicate you might be hanging out with the wrong people and doing the wrong things, but part of me wants the best for them. Happy, healthy and clean living for these two lovebirds would be ideal. If it takes an arrest like this to make that happen, maybe it’s for the better. Time will tell. In the meantime, I have no plans to stop supporting their musical pursuits, which includes a cover of Cat Power’s “Nude As the News“. Speaking of music, there’s a whole set of Pick Your Poison songs to wade through today. Great stuff from The Oyster Murders, The Precious Lo’s, RAJ, Seafloor and Wilder Maker. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream cuts from Body Parts, Darkside, Fort Romeau, ILLLS, Korallreven and RJD2.
Wilder Maker – Slow Life
Body Parts – People
Darkside – Paper Trails
Fort Romeau – Trust Me
ILLLS – Out
Korallreven – Try Anything Once (ft. Cornelius)
RJD2 – Temperamental (ft. Phonte Coleman)