Noise as signal: overdetermined music from The Jesus & Mary Chain through My Bloody Valentine and Autechre to I Break Horses

music videos on YouTube: I Break Horses Hearts (2011) Crystal Castles Celestica (2008) The Field Sun & Ice (2006) Autechre Gantz Graf (2002) Fennesz Shisheido (2001) Kid606 Catstep (2000) Nobukazu Takemura Icefall (1999) Atari Teenage Riot Anarchy 999 (1999) Queens of the Stone Age: Regular John (1998) Oval Do While (1995) My Bloody Valentine Soon […]

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Pop chopped and screwed.

I often wonder if a single song can inspire an entire genre. Certainly, there are combinations that are so influential they turn up again and again. Consider 10cc’s Not In Love and Hall & Oates’ Can’t Go For That, followed by The Avalanches’ Since I Left You and Boards of Canada’s Aquarius and most recently […]

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Stuck in the 70s, 80′s, 90′s, 00′s: the iTunes Genius playlist generator can’t make associations across decades.

One of my favorite things about music is how clearly it adheres to the dialectical mode of thesis (let’s use more synthesizers!), antithesis (no, let’s use more guitars!) and synthesis (LCD Soundsystem). For that reason, some of the most exciting mixtapes or playlists are those that make connections across time and space, revealing how musical […]

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LCD Soundsystem vs Pavement

As they’re back in the news for a reunion, I have been listening to and thinking about Pavement recently. Their songs are still as fresh for me as they were 15 years ago when I last listened to them – at that time, obsessively, for months on end. But they are not as rewarding – not after […]

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music: mastodon’s “the last baron”

because it was released on iTunes as an album-only purchase, i’d not heard Mastodon’s The Last Baron until today. it is by far one of the most ridiculously well executed songs of the genre. whatever that genre might be. previously: jesus christ pose by soundgarden. and, i’m told, rush. also, meshuggah and the raymond scott […]

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Is that the alarm?

The marching band down the street had been teasing out the riff for about 10 minutes before they hit the recognizable phrase. They’re playing the Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like an Eagle (“Time keeps on slippin’”) at 7 am. It’s a spectacular wake-up alarm. Well played, Eagle Rock High School Senior Jazz Band.

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