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Bablicon

In a Different City

(Misra)

It’s so refreshing to hear a record you can’t figure out in about 30 seconds. When the opener “The Green Line” came blaring out of my stereo, it seemed I was in for a noisefest and would need to head to the cupboard for styrofoam earplugs. While the track grabs your attention, the Chicago-based Bablicon rapidly venture in a multitude of promising directions. There’s the inexplicable blend of Eastern-sounding, sitar-miming drone with a bit of new wave, techno, march band, and jazz on the brilliant “Chunks of Syrup Amidst Plain Yoghurt.” “Francis Locrius” is defiantly jazzy, while “*;!:-” bows deeply to classical music of the modern sort, particularly Toru Takemitsu. In A Different City isn’t just music for your brain, it’ll have you groovin’ to the most unexpected sounds.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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