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Thursday, Jan 13, 2011

Strikingly original, and catchy to the point of irritation, “Maggie’s Last Party” is a curious post-rave oddity thrust onto a dazed Britain nursing a serious comedown in early 1991.


A fusion of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s uncompromising speeches with a slowly-evolving post-acid house backing, something in unknowns V.I.M.‘s first crack at club stardom is proving irresistibly addictive, even to these dad rock-hardened ears.


But what’s it all about? A blatant party political broadcast or gentle, poking satire? Proto-Guido Fawkes-esque marrying of Thatcherism with the spirit of the Second Summer of Love, or clever critique of the incumbent government’s tough line on illegal raves? A fond farewell to the departing Iron PM, or a hearty “good riddance”?


Personally, my money’s on the latter—rightist politics and popular music are rarely comfortable bed-fellows—although with lines like “I’m not prepared to restrict our legitimate freedom to party” and “everyone can see / and everybody knows / that this party is best”, your guess is as good as mine. To be honest, I don’t really care.


So then, a challenge: listen to this, say, three or four times one morning, and try to not keep blurting out “the bass goes on” and “acid party!” at inappropriate intervals throughout the day. You don’t win anything. But betcha can’t do it. And if you do, you’re a better man than I am (Gunga Din).


All together now: Rave, rave, rave, murder… Acid party!


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Tuesday, Jan 11, 2011

Hip-hop instrumentalist RJD2 kicked off 2011 by dropping The Glow Remixes EP, a three-track digital release that can be downloaded for free at the website for his label, RJ’s Electrical Connections.


The EP features various takes on the track “Glow” (from his 2010 album Colossus), along with the original video for the song. Chicago DJ duo Flosstradamus kick off the release, morphing the track into a dancefloor-ready romp. Next in line is fan-selected remix contest winner Paolo Palazzo and capping off the EP id a mid-temp club remix by UK producer Candy Panther.


The tracklisting for the EP and RJD2 upcoming tour dates are listed below.


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Monday, Jan 10, 2011

PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
(Vagrant/Island)
Releasing: 15 February


It’s pretty much a major cultural event every time PJ Harvey releases a new album. One good reason for that is that you never know quite what to expect from her, since the inimitable Harvey seems to reinvent herself with each album even as she stays true to her unshakable and unique musical vision. Two leaked tracks from Polly Jean’s upcoming album Let England Shake—“The Last Living Rose” and “Written on the Forehead”—seem to find her in a more contemplative mood, though the music seems as stirring as ever.


SONG LIST
01 Let England Shake
02 The Last Living Rose
03 The Glorious Land
04 The Words That Maketh Murder
05 All and Everyone
06 On Battleship Hill
07 England
08 In the Dark Places
09 Bitter Branches
10 Hanging in the Wire
11 Written on the Forehead
12 The Colour of the Earth


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Monday, Dec 20, 2010

Drive-By Truckers has announced their 11th and newest album, Go-Go Boots will be released February 15, 2011. In conjunction, the band’s documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending will be released on DVD the same day. The very next day, February 16th, the band will embark on the first leg of their Go-Go Boots tour. The tour includes two day stints in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California, and Denver Colorado.

Drive-By Truckers is currently on tour and plan to end the year with a show at Terminal 5 in New York, New York. For everyone who can’t make it to the show, it will be steaming on Sirius XM Outlaw Country (Sirius 63, XM 12) starting around 9:45 pm EST.


And for everyone who can’t wait for some Drive-By Truckers in their lives, the band is offering a free download of “Used to Be a Cop”.


 

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Friday, Dec 17, 2010

LCD Soundsystem stopped by the KCRW studio recently in the middle of their “last big tour forever,” according to founder James Murphy.  Everything sounds so fresh and accessible live, without the attention to minutia that exists in the studio of a music producer.  Keyboards sound like they’re actually being played, not programmed, and lyrics are strung out or cut off with each breath. The band starts with the plaintive chords of “All I Want” and plowed through “I Can Change,” “Drunk Girls” and “Pow Pow” from the latest release, This Is Happening, before an interview.


The easy conversation covers everything from growing up to Murphy’s early days in New York City, when indie rock felt like being plunked back in high school.  There is discussion about scoring the movie Greenberg and how creating a film score is so different than crafting tunes. He describes why the songs from This Is Happening are “weirder” to play live and how a record is like a “communication device.”  It’s a good reason to believe this certainly isn’t the last we’ve heard from the man, just maybe songs under this moniker.  The session ends with the party invitation of “All My Friends” off 2007’s Sound of Silver.


[Listen to session]


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