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Album Review: Atoms for Peace “Amok”

Astro De Rosa, contributor  Atoms for Peace is Thom Yorke’s musical collaboration with super producer Nigel Godrich, along with Flea and two percussionists. At 5 feet tall, Yorke walks a thin, contradicting line between organic and electronic music. Whether the sounds are created on the fly, or placed carefully in editing and post production, there’s a sense of appeal that …

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Hunting Manilapede: An Obsession & Strange Conversation

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Lou Reed, Michael Gira and Captain Beefheart got drunk on port and did some improvising? Well, you probably haven’t, but it’s the type of thing I think about all the time. Luckily, I was introduced to local band Manilapede. Information regarding their origins and musicians are shrouded in mystery. I made phone …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVI: The Technological Visions of Kraftwerk

Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, influential German electronic musicians Kraftwerk shared their visions of the future. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider started the band as a progressive rock group, but quickly became interested in evolving musical technology.  Their songs consisted of lyrical content spoken through a vocoder or computer speech software accompanied by minimalistic electronic percussion and …

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Album Review: Ghostface Killah (featuring Raekwon and Cappadonna) “Ironman” Reissue from Get on Down (Gold Edition 02)

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I’m admittedly not a hip-hop expert or “gangsta” in any sense. In 1996, when this seminal album was originally released, I was making up bad dance routines to Ace of Base. Fortunately, I’ve opened my mind since then, as has the world to hip-hop’s cultural significance. This is one seriously cool limited-edition box set from Boston-based Get …

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Album Review: Josh Ritter “The Beast In Its Tracks”

Kevin Nelson, contributor Divorce is never a happy subject. The inherent sadness and inherent no doubt creates a mournful tone, but mournful is truly the bread and butter of singer-songwriter types, so it’s perfectly suited for Josh Ritter’s latest, “The Beast in Its Tracks.” Written and recorded in the 18 months following a split from his wife, Ritter took a …

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Album Review: Barn Owl -“V”

Bagel, contributor Barn Owl is not what they seem. I wanted to use a bunch of Twin Peaks references for this one, but really I didn’t expect Barn Owl to sound this way. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. This is their fifth album, hence the “V” moniker, but if the early stuff is …

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Album Review: The Postal Service – Give up (Deluxe 10th Anniversary edition)

Leah Brzezinski, contributor I remember playing Super Mario Brothers on NES for the first time. Sure, there had been other video games before it, but when that little overall-clad plumber stomped a goomba, something inside me knew technology had changed things irrevocably. The Postal Service’s “Give Up” caused a similarly transformative moment in 2003 where the stars “perfectly aligned” and a seminal indie-electro …

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