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Benjamin Aspray
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Benjamin is a fairweather cinephile and closet pop pushover from the affluent swamplands of Princeton, New Jersey.  Nestled happily in the moist cocoon of post-graduate work at Northwestern University, he writes on music in his fleeting spare time and should probably be ignored at all costs.


Features

Sunday, June 13 2010

Stop Laughing: A Difference of Laughter Between British and American Hitchcock

While Hitchcock is famous for the humor that he injects into his thrillers, there are striking differences in the humor between his British and American periods.


Reviews

Wednesday, May 14 2014

Chromeo: White Women

The Quebecois electro-funk duo's fourth full-length is impossibly catchy, shamelessly referential, sonically lavish, and if lyrically underwhelming, still distinguished by flashes of wordplay and wit.


Monday, July 22 2013

Fuck Buttons: Slow Focus

As visceral and astringent as it is seductive and poised, the Bristol duo's latest album of electro-noise epics is a triumph, and oddly danceable to boot.


Wednesday, May 15 2013

Bibio: Silver Wilkinson

Eclectic producer Stephen Wilkinson's seventh studio album is a richly textured, often pretty, but strangely detached effort.


Wednesday, May 15 2013

Disappears: Kone EP

Chicago indie rockers top last year's solid Pre Language with the most suffocating, prickliest post-punk they can manage.


Wednesday, April 24 2013

Junip: Junip

Like José González's voice, Junip's self-titled second full-length rarely rises above atmospheric soft rock adequacy.


Shigeto: Lineage [26.Mar.12]
Panda Bear: Tomboy [12.Apr.11]
Rotwang: Awful [19.Aug.10]

Blogs

Tuesday, August 7 2012

Root Spirits: Blues That'll Put Hair on Your Chest

Athens duo is releasing a recording a week of tectonic electric blues until they get signed for their full-length debut.


Monday, May 9 2011

Buckwheat Groats - "Arbor Day Party" (NSFW)

International hip-hop superstars Buckwheat Groats show love for trees in their own special, highly satanic way in their latest, Baltimora-sampling single.


Tuesday, October 26 2010

Let's Talk About Blowing Up Children!

After disappearing in a puff of embarrassment, 10:10's misguided No Pressure deserves to be re-examined -- not because it didn't fail, but because nobody seems to get it.


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