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by J.C. Sciaccotta

2 Nov 2010


Upon listening to former Czars-frontman John Grant’s first solo record, Queen of Denmark, one feels the kind of awe usually reserved for rock heroes of old. It is, quite simply, one of the great records of 2010. Mojo magazine gave the album its seldom-bestowed five-star, “instant classic” rating, and influential LA blog Aquarium Drunkard called it “a new cult classic”.

Earlier this year, Grant opened for Queen of Denmark producers and backing-band Midlake, turning audiences across the country on to his special brand of heart-bearing indie songcraft. Now he’s headlining his own US tour this December, starting 12/4 in Chicago (complete tour dates after the jump). These shows are not to be missed.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Nov 2010


Sure, this track by the very-likely duo squanders what’s otherwise a perfectly fine pop tune with a lame chorus, but the video makes up for it with GIGANTIC JAPANESE FONTS. Also, in the third quarter of the song, witness the return of the breakbeat in American pop music.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Nov 2010


The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is quite literally inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales along with remixes from a number of top-notch contemporary producers. The remixers come from all over the world to offer up 13 tracks, with London’s Gaudi giving us the mesmerizing “Calico Stomp”.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Nov 2010


England’s Working for a Nuclear Free City worked on their new album The Jojo Burger Tempest from a British warehouse and a French cottage and, over the course of just a few days, came up with 2,800 song ideas, so they say. The latest evidence of this prolific streak of electronic rock goodness is “Alphaville”, the record’s second single. Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, “Alphaville” sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.

by Timothy Gabriele

1 Nov 2010


This video directed by Oneohtrix Point Never/Games member Daniel Lopatin proves that ‘80s retro-futurism is just as entertaining wedded to dystopian minimal wave as chill sunbaked tape jams and spacey arpeggio-laced mind melts. The song isn’t anything that D.A.F. didn’t have a 30-year head-start on, but it’s a catchy hook nonetheless.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

// Moving Pixels

"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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