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by Sachyn Mital

7 Jul 2010

To quote Moby’s journal, “the nice people at xlr8r asked me to do an old skool rave mix for their podcast series. so, as an unreformed raver, i said ‘yes’”. So, relive those early ‘90s rave days with a 48-minute techno mix from Moby. While his classic “Go” is not included, he does spin “Next Is the E” in with other full force dance tracks.


Track list:
01 Messiah “Temple of Dreams” (Kickin)
02 Mentasm “I Need Release”
03 Altern8 “Frequency” (Network)
04 N-Joi “Mindflux” (RCA)
05 Ragga Twins “Hooligan 69” (Shut Up and Dance)
06 Awesome 3 “Don’t Go” (City Beat)
07 Moby “Next is the E” (Instinct)
08 Hyper Go Go “High” (Hooj Choons)
09 Fierce Ruling Diva “You Gotta Believe” (React)
10 Bizarre Inc. “Playing With Knives” (Vinyl Solution)
11 Messiah “Xeroxed”
12 Dream Frequency “Feel So Real” (City Beat)

by Arnold Pan

6 Jul 2010

If you haven’t been keeping up with Beck’s online-only “Record Club” enterprise, here’s a quick recap: Teaming up with indie luminaries, Beck has created one-day one-off projects covering entire albums, then releasing the studio sessions one track per week via Vimeo clips. The first few efforts gave at least a little insight into his influences, since you’d expect anyone of Beck’s lineage to play such classics as The Velvet Underground and Nico and The Songs of Leonard Cohen with proper reverence. The Record Club just wrapped up a rendering of INXS’s Kick, which might’ve seemed kitschy if not for the real effort put into it by the likes of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, Liars, and Os Mutantes; check out the surprisingly tender version of “Never Tear Us Apart”.

by John Garratt

6 Jul 2010

Back in 1981, tonal guitarist Glenn Branca released a droning, no wave masterpiece called The Ascension. Four electric guitars took the lead on five instrumentals while bass and drums bashed out mechanically precise rhythms. Branca’s reputation and compositions grew, as did the criticisms held against him. John Cage openly disparaged his style and approach while Branca himself turned to large electric guitar symphonies. If you want to get a good argument going, debate on whether or not Thurston Moore and Sonic Youth would’ve had a career had it not been for an album like The Ascension.

So, why is it that, in 2010, when Glenn Branca assembles another four guitar, bass and drum ensemble to record a sequel to The Ascension, hardly anyone says anything? The album is straightforwardly enough called The Ascension: The Sequel, and it seemed to drop with almost no fanfare at all. A small amount of fans are offering their opinions at here, but professional reviews are absent. It’s puzzling, considering some would look at this event the same way a film buff would look at The Godfather, Part II.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Jul 2010

Birmingham, England’s Deluka brought their energetic pop to US shores last year with a five-song EP and they are coming back in a big way this fall with their debut full-length album. Deluka has had a lot of early success, placing a tune in a Rockstar Games video game (“Sleep Is Impossible”) and getting remixes of “Cascade” on Spinner and RCRD LBL!.

Today we’re premiering a new track, “Nevada”, from the upcoming album and also offering a few past highlights as well. “Nevada” is a slice of glittery, electro pop and sounds like a future club hit in the making. The NME has had the best description of the band so far, labeling them as “girl-charged electro-skuzz punk, akin to Ladytron snacking on The Killers for brunch”.

by Jennifer Makowsky

6 Jul 2010

When considering past Fourth of Julys, the tune that usually brings a star-spangled tear to my eye is Neil Diamond’s “America”. Something about this clip, framed in a tasteless, red, white, and blue banner, showcases Diamond’s whipped-back mane and shredded voice befittingly. The video encapsulates what I loved about my parents’ Fourth-of-July barbecues as a kid. A group of adults could usually be found in the backyard donning similar hairdos, smoking endless cigarettes between highballs and hotdogs. After enough drinks the adults would frequently wind up dancing on the lawn like the middle-aged women in the audience of this clip, lacking rhythm, but full of American spirit.

//Mixed media

How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

// Sound Affects

"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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