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First Watch: Yo La Tengo, 'Friday I'm In Love'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The members of Yo La Tengo flexed their record collector muscles on their revered collective of covers, Fakebook. The 1990 album featured interpretations of songs by The Flamin' Groovies, Daniel Johnston, NRBQ, and some bands too obscure to even mention on this website. Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley clearly weren't ...

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Songs We Love: Regis, 'Blood Witness'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

No one does dark dance music like Karl O'Connor, a.k.a. Regis. His label Downwards is the standard bearer, and his personal output as Regis and as part of Sandwell District is hotly anticipated by techno freaks worldwide.

We'll get some brand new music from Regis on Sept. 18 when O'Connor ...

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Songs We Love: Satoshi Tomiie, 'Thursday, 2AM'

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Satoshi Tomiie released his first house track, the all-timer "Tears" with Frankie Knuckles, more than 25 years ago. When a musician's first impression is basically perfection — and "Tears" is just that — it can define, even overshadow, the rest of a career.

But the Japanese DJ has stayed busy ...

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Songs We Love: Tigercats, 'Sleeping In The Backseat'

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Tigercats, an East London pop band in the vein of Camera Obscura, released its second album, Mysteries, earlier this year. "Sleeping In The Backseat," the band's latest single, is bound to tug at a few heartstrings with its chorus of, "Lay your head next to mine."

In this case, the ...

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First Listen: Meg Baird, 'Don't Weigh Down The Light'

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday-morning music is too often overlooked. For the most part, we check out music news while we're sitting at our desks at work, usually during a glance at our social-media feeds. That sort of interaction is inherently brief — we scroll, maybe click, and then it's back to the grind.

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Songs We Love: Keita Sano, "Bouzouk"

Friday, May 29, 2015

One of the most boring things about contemporary EDM is how monorhythmic it is. I'm not talking beats per minute (although one number does seem to rule them all), but rhythms per beat. Keita Sano, an adventurous young producer from Okayama, Japan, mixes and matches a plethora ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of May

Friday, May 29, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts at full volume and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

May's offerings highlight musicians from distant parts of the globe: Japan's Keita Sano, South Africa's Nozinja, England's John Heckle, ...

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Songs We Love: Blanck Mass, 'Dead Format'

Friday, May 15, 2015

Benjamin John Power's new album as Blanck Mass, Dumb Flesh, is quite literally electronic body music. Its artwork zooms in uncomfortably on synthetically disfigured flab; its track titles make reference to various states of corporeal corrosion.

And what a feeling, this flesh dance. Power's monstrous duo F*** Buttons ...

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Songs We Love: Hayden, 'No Happy Birthday'

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Toronto songwriter Hayden Desser, who performs and records under his first name, has a lengthy history of hard-hitting sad songs. He rose to (college radio) fame in the late 1990s along with Elliott Smith, Low and Red House Painters as part of a brooding style dubbed "sadcore."

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of April

Friday, May 01, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

April featured moving music from artists both young and old. A new electro track from current Detroit ambassador Kyle ...

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Songs We Love: Juan Wauters, 'This Is I'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Queens-via-Uruguay songwriter Juan Wauters rose to internet acclaim as a member of the obstreperous rock band The Beets, one of New York City's most beloved DIY acts of the 21st century. In the time since The Beets' initial breakup in 2012, Wauters has pursued a more introspective, subdued sound, writing ...

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Songs We Love: Gacha, 'Let Me Love You'

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crafting dance tracks around snippets of catchy R&B vocals is a longstanding tradition in the electronic music game. Some might even call it cliché at this point. But when it's done well, it can imbue otherwise anonymous music with real emotional heft that speaks to a much wider audience.

Georgian ...

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Hear Protomartyr's New Song With The Breeders' Kelley Deal

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Take it from somebody who knows." The opening words to Protomartyr's new single, "Blues Festival," are sung by frontman Joe Casey, but they could easily refer to the song's star guest vocalist, Kelley Deal of the Breeders. Deal has lived through a lot in the past 20-plus years, from opening ...

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Each month, we listen to hundreds of new electronic music tracks, test the standouts on loud speakers and highlight the best of the best in a mix called Recommended Dose.

March's selections include a new dubbed-out masterpiece by Actress, Rhythm & Sound's Mark Ernestus re-imagining Senegalese mbalax, a ...

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New Zealand's Jean-Paul Sartre Experience Gets Box Set Treatment

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One of the great underground bands from New Zealand's pop heyday is getting its due. The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, which broke up in 1994 after a nearly 10-year career on Flying Nun Records, will have its entire discography remastered and re-released this year by Fire Archives.

The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience ...

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Songs We Love: Bwana, 'Tengo'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Classy dance-music anthems don't come around too often. EDM trades in stadium songs, but its brash electro riffs and trap basslines are intentionally debaucherous. Meanwhile, the most creative underground producers can (understandably) be wary of emotional motifs that make you want to stare into midair.

Toronto house producer

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Wake Up To Breakfast Tacos With Avalon Emerson

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

On the final morning of SXSW, we woke up early for Austin's signature dish — breakfast tacos — with house and techno producer Avalon Emerson at Mi Madres Restaurant. "It nails Tex-Mex perfectly," she says, making everyone think about breakfast tacos right now.

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Torres: South X Lullaby

Monday, March 23, 2015

In the final installment of our South X Lullaby series, rising songwriter Torres met us at 2:30 a.m. outside Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, where she had just blown away a large portion of our contingent in SXSW.

Torres, known to the IRS as Mackenzie Scott, performed a plugged-in, but ...

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Song Premiere: Geronimo!, 'Fires Of Hell'

Monday, March 23, 2015

What you're about to hear is the final song of a band's career. Chicago indie-rock act Geronimo! is breaking up this Saturday, March 28, after a seven-year run, (if you're in Chicago, you can see the band's farewell show at Beat Kitchen), and "Fires Of Hell" is the last ...

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Laura Marling: South X Lullaby

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Late night on Friday at the SXSW music festival is usually when the delirium sets in. After three consecutive 16-hour days of live music, even the sharpest brains begin to lose it (so you can imagine what state ours were in). In other words, it was an opportune moment to ...

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