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Cabaret Voltaire – #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985)

July 6th, 2014
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Sensoria Overload

Last year saw the release and our review of Killing Joke’s singles compilation, an awesome volume distilling the band’s influence and skill across multiple genres. Now another foundation act with a hydra-like legacy—Sheffield electronic group Cabaret Voltaire—is out to put a nice little bow on things for their diehards and neophytes alike, collecting singles and favorites on #7885 (Electropunk to Technopop 1978-1985). Read more…

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The Soft Pink Truth – Why Do the Heathen Rage?

July 2nd, 2014
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Rage Inside the Machine

There are theme bands, there are theme albums, then there are theme albums by theme bands. The Soft Pink Truth is the alter ego of Matmos programmer Drew Daniel, who formed it to answer Matthew Herbert’s challenge to try to make a proper house album. After a debut full of originals and a sophomore release of electronic covers of hardcore and punk, Daniel’s gone back and deeper into the tribute well on Why Do the Heathen Rage?. It uses a clutch of 1980s and 1990s sounds to pay homage to others from the then-nascent genre of black metal. Read more…

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Plaid – Reachy Prints

May 23rd, 2014
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EDM, IDM, We All DM

Andy Samberg’s short comedic film for the May 17th episode of Saturday Night Live properly skewered mainstream electronic music, showing why it’s regarded as monotonous and headache-inducing. With live-event fakery, quickly tiresome arrangements and a fanbase that couldn’t care less about the results as long as they get their dance, their date and their molly, “When Will the Bass Drop?” made it obvious there’s no “I” in “EDM” but there’s sure a truckload of “ME.” Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Ramona Lisa – Arcadia

May 14th, 2014
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Caroline Tremor Control

There are two competing general visions of a perfect society: Utopia is assumed to be a constructed existence, while Arcadia is pristine wilderness idealized from a region of Greece bearing the same name. With this distinction in mind Caroline Polachek, performing as Ramona Lisa on her solo debut Arcadia, tackles a fascinating sonic question: What does it mean—or feel like—when you try to travel through one world/concept in order to get to the other? Read more…

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Laibach – Spectre

March 18th, 2014
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Political Machinery

“You take the front line / I’ll find a good rhyme / Get to it.” So command industrial music pioneers Laibach on “No History” from Spectre, the newest chapter in their complex artistic history. It’s a short stanza with a lot of weight, addressing their music’s role in inspiring breaks from social and political groupthink. Are they—and have they always been—actively fomenting revolution, empty figureheads merely suggesting that to others, or gangster pranksters content to say of an idea, “We’ll just leave this here,” and watching what happens? Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Half the City

March 3rd, 2014
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The Greening of America

Soul revivalism has been in full swing (ha!) for years now, a movement with sound ranging from the Daptone Records crew all the way through Cee-Lo Green and Janelle Monae’s redolent updates. The newest entry in the field comes from this Birmingham, Alabama sextet, following up their Bandcamp EP Greetings from St. Paul & The Broken Bones with a formal physical debut, the sadly swaying Half the City. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

The Glitch Mob – Love Death Immortality

February 11th, 2014
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Two Smoking Headphones

“Hi, this is Jason Statham. Thanks for getting on this conference call about my new film Transporter 6: Heads in a Duffel Bag. Out of the gate, I have to talk first about the strength—really, the costar of this movie. The chase and fight scenes which are so smashing in these films wouldn’t be anything without an edgy soundtrack behind them to pump up the drama, so we’ll be using electronic music throughout from the new album Love Death Immortality by The Glitch Mob. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in High Fidelity, Reviews

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Give the People What They Want

January 16th, 2014
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Follow Your Own Advice

It’s not unheard of to experience new music and make psychological connections to other music in a completely separate sphere. With this is mind, Give the People What They Want, the sixth album from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, strangely feels like a kindred spirit to Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Both are albums released after a namesake was treated for cancer, and while their sounds were made prior to public disclosure of any diagnosis they suggest willing spirit but unfortunately weak flesh.
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By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews

Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

December 13th, 2013
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Feeling Minnesota

The Numero Group has not-so-quietly built a reputation for lovingly crafted compilations resurrecting forgotten scenes, artists and labels for public appreciation. So focused have their efforts been in bringing obscurities to light that only this year did the imprint start to tackle sources of lost music with any significant pre-existing public interest. They began 2013 by reissuing work from post-hardcore band Unwound and they now end it with Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, an examination of the central and largest jewel in the Twin Cities’ musical crown. Read more…

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VNV Nation – Transnational

November 26th, 2013
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OMG VNV MIA WTF

Ever wanted a favorite best-kept secret finally shared with the world, only to not feel right about it soon after? Maybe it’s a great burger joint that’s suddenly not so great after they open new locations, or the consignment shop you can’t squeeze into after it gets just the right write-up. We wonder if longtime industrial fans share that situational dread on hearing new album Transnational from veteran body-music group VNV Nation. This is a singular moment when today’s pop electronica and sounds from the long-bubbling underground leave marks on each other, seemingly to the latter’s detriment. Read more…

By Adam Blyweiss Posted in Reviews