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Todd Rundgren & Lindstrom explore the places where Pop, Prog & Scando meet!

Posted August 26, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 408 views]
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Todd Rundgren is a left-field legend. His melancholic pop-prog hits from the 70s are classic soft rock radio fodder. His cover of Carole King‘s “I Saw The Light” and “Hello, It’s Me” are ubiquitous laundromat and supermarket muzak. Simultaneously, his bombastic, experimental, impressionistic track “International Feel” was a tentpole for Daft Punk‘s experimental sci-fi origin film Electroma and became the namesake for one of leftfield dance music’s most respected …

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FYF Fest 2015 Preview II

Posted August 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 920 views]
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It’s that time again for the late summer FYF feelings. And every time it comes that’s a very good thing, because despite what cooler-than-thou kids and listicle publications might say…FYF Fest is arguably Southern California’s most authentically demographically and aesthetically heterogeneous line-ups out there.

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Blondes Go Deep on Rein & Persuasion

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 4 Comments | 737 views]
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A couple of years removed from their Swisher album, Sam Haar and Zach Steinman (aka Blondes) have returned with a pair of releases; Rein and Persuasion EP. A limited cassette release, Rein is a dizzying fifty minute collage of original work that sounds and feels like one of their unforgettable live sets.
Brooklyn’s Blondes have long been a crush of mine. Their ever wavy, ambient techno excursions are glorious fetishistic tributes laid at the …

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Georgia: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 779 views]
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Check out Georgia if you like Katy B, Kate Tempest, M.I.A., and Santigold!

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Jaako Eino Kalevi: Artist You Should Know

Posted August 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,091 views]
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Jaako Eino Kalevi.
As names go, that’s a pretty darn good one, in my humble opinion.
It looks like a freaking Star Wars name, but it isn’t. It belongs to a Finnish artist whose music skirts a lovely nebulous place between the leftfield psychedelic R&B of Connan Mockasin, the neo-noir synthscapes of Johnny Jewel and the jangle pop of The War on Drugs. The result sounds like the product of a bizarro, Nordic Paisley Park Hall …

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The Chemical Brothers’ Fullest Feeling of Sublime

Posted August 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 975 views]
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The Chemical Brothers’ Born in the Echoes is finally here and in typical Chems fashion, it finds the Brothers in fine form. A cacophonous rush of buzzes, whirls and builds, …Echoes delivers on the big beat that’s been their signature for over 2 decades.
I am admittedly a fan. I have been since the first time I heard “Life is Sweet” in a Bryn Mawr dormitory freshman year. From …

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Taste the Rainbow: A Solo Spectral Excursion from Cosmic Kids’ Daniel T

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 913 views]
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LA’s Cosmic Kids are Los Angeles Dance music scene stalwarts.
Since the early 2000′s electroclash nights at Cinespace through the early days of Rhonda to Funkmosphere and beyond, Kids’ Ron & Dan have put in their time on the dancefloor and behind the decks. They are truly about it.
And they will undoubtedly, forever be Cosmic Kids…but all kids also eventually grown up. And Cosmic Dan is doing …

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The Orb Returns to Show Us How to Rave

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | 1,510 views]
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In a banner year for dance music’s elder statesmen, Ambient pioneers The Orb have returned (after a number of dub inflected works) to show the younguns how to rave.
Their new album, Moonbuilding 2073 revisits the pure moods that made their 1991 epic Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld a seminal dance music classic.
The all too brief set of brilliantly sprawling tracks, Moonbuilding finds the good Dr. Alex Paterson & Thomas …

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The Late Arthur Russell’s lost recordings in new LP Corn

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 4 Comments | 1,102 views]
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As a longtime subcultural icon, cellist Arthur Russell was a musician of remarkable esteem and talent.
Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, Russell collaborated with everyone from Phillip Glass to the Talking Heads to Bootsy Collins. His early 80s No Wave disco experiments as Loose Joints and Dinosaur L were light years ahead of their time and created the template for New York’s dance-punk movement in the early …

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LA Priest’s new single “Oino”, Blends Afrobeat & MTV Pop

Posted June 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | 1,009 views]
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A substantial amount of time has elapsed since the enigmatic figure known as LA Priest released his single “Engine” which included a face melting rework by Erol Alkan.
Now, LA Priest (nee Sam Dust) has suddenly appeared with a brand new single “Oino“, from a forthcoming LP on Domino album, Inji.
The bubbly single is one of the most off the bat catchy singles I’ve heard …

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