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25 Jul 2016 // 1:00 PM

DJ Shadow - “The Mountain Will Fall” (Singles Going Steady)

The title track from DJ Shadow's first album in five years is the sound of an old pro showing the kids how it's done.

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20 Questions: Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve

The skull-masked DJs have made a name for themseves with melodic, emotional dance remixes. Now, after a decade of scant singles and comps, their insanely diverse debut finally arrives.

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22 Jul 2016 // 9:07 AM

Floating Points: Kuiper

Sam Shepherd's electronic/jazz/jam collective continues to push boundaries with a hypnotic new EP.

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Portable - “Say It’s Going to Change” (Bodycode Remix ft. Ursula Rucker) (audio) (premiere)

The song's slow transition from unfocused synth jam to functional dancefloor killer is yet another example of the absolute madness Abrahams can wreak on an unsuspecting mass of bodies crowded around his turntable.

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Rob Simonsen - “Night Drive” (from the NERVE soundtrack) (audio) (premiere)

“Night Drive” is a more positive bit of synthwave, a major-key piece straight out of a whimsical SNES racer.

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The Avalanches: Wildflower (take two)

After 16 years, the hype for another Avalanches album is inescapable, and Wildflower drowns in comparisons. On its own, however, it's a joyous ray of sunshine with an identity all its own.

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A Smart But Brief Look at the Undervalued Half of the World’s Population

Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? is a sharply written book on economics for people who aren't economists.

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Finding the ‘Art’ in Historical Fiction and Narrative History

Christopher Bram's sincere love for historical storytelling is contagious.

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20 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Clams Casino: 32 Levels

32 Levels is the album that Clams Casino’s production up to this point has been promising, and he made good on it.

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19 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Palmistry: PAGAN

On PAGAN, alt-dancehall purveyor Palmistry throws himself headfirst into a world where whispers, sighs, mumblings, and ramblings bespeak great depths of intimacy

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Beyond the Wizards Sleeve: The Soft Bounce

Beyond the Wizards Sleeve offer a heady mixture of ‘90s EDM and ‘60s psychedelia that transcends both stylistic reference points to become something wholly new and different and, most importantly, wildly enjoyable.

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Barbara Freese Reminds Us: Power Over Nature Is Bought at a Great Price

This new edition of Coal is a compulsively readable history of how coal made the modern world, and of modern attempts to to make a world without coal.

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NYVES - “Just Give Up” (video) (premiere)

"Just Give Up" takes a couple key elements from NYVES’ past -- eardrum-crushing snares, rippling bass -- and gives them a futuristic sheen, plating smooth chrome over the frenzied metal spirit thrashing within.

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14 Jul 2016 // 2:20 AM

Aphex Twin: Cheetah

Harnessing older sounds into something that sounds modern, the Cheetah EP transforms grotesque synth into something that sounds human.

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13 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

The Avalanches: Wildflower

Wildflower is an hour-long musical journey through dimensions of sound and invention that were previously only accessible via the Avalanches' magical debut.

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Siamese - “White Jacket” (video) (premiere) (interview)

Detroit darkwave, post-punk quartet Siamese release atmospheric video ahead of debut EP.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:30 AM

Blood Orange: Freetown Sound

It’s a flawed love-letter to the '80s, to the people who just want to dance, to the people who feel marginalized, to the people who feel oppressed. Given recent events, it’s an uplifting album in embarrassing times.

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12 Jul 2016 // 2:10 AM

Kaytranada: 99.9%

Montreal-based producer Kaytranada attempts a lot of things on his debut. When he hits the mark, it's great. If only he hit the mark just a bit more often.

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‘The Statesman and the Storyteller’: The Imperatives of State and the Imperatives of Conscience

Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.

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Who Doesn’t Love the Smell of New Book?

"The sensual experience of reading still exerts its hold on us, as does the desire to represent and display our knowledge, attitudes, and passions on our bookshelves."

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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