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    Roots of Electronica: Joy Division

    Even if you have never listened to Joy Division’s 1979 debut Unknown Pleasures, you’re probably still familiar with its iconic cover art: a column of white CP Pulsar 1919 radio waves resembling stylized mountain peaks drifting quietly in the center of a barren black backdrop. Mysterious, bold, sinister, and cool, the pulsar mountains still look, […] More

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    Roots of Electronica: ESG

    In many ways, ESG are like The Ramones of proto-electronica. Upon first listen their music seems intensely, almost humorously simple, repetitive to the point of near-parody. But still undeniably “fun”, in an essential, flesh-less way that couldn’t easily be replicated. Even if anybody could play it. ESG was formed in the late 70’s by four […] More

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    The Problem With EDM Movies

    In the past few years, EDM has become one of the most, if not the most, dominant subculture in popular music. Naturally, people are interested in learning about it from the outside. EDM culture has a series of stereotypical buzzwords that are easily identified by laypeople (music festivals, neon colors, drugs) but its tropes are […] More

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    Roots of Electronica: “Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka”

    Brian Jones, Rolling Stones founder and inaugural member of the 27 Club, was famously incapable of writing songs. Described by Mick Jagger as having “no talent” for songwriting, Jones, the former alpha-dog in the world’s greatest rock and roll band, found himself gradually phased out of his leadership position when the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards partnership […] More

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    Roots of Electronica: Joe Meek

    It’s difficult to listen to Joe Meek’s “I Hear A New World” without a certain thrill of eeriness. Against an intentionally spacey background, warped voices croon about transmissions from a foreign planet (or maybe a foreign plane of thought) and cryptic lines musing, “how can I tell them/what’s in store for me?” tease and fray […] More

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    Roots of Electronica: The Monkees

    Arguments over whether or not The Monkees were a “real” band have pretty much died down by this point, with most retrospective commentators praising the group as a set of talented, ambitious musicians who transcended their artificial roots to become a legitimate act. Tired of being condescended to, Monkees fans have done a lot over […] More

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    State of Sound-Love Me Like That

    Summer is the season of dressing down, and its music often reflects that. Party songs became breezier, less overwrought, and a spirit of muzzy languor seems to steal over even the spikiest of barn-burners. The threshold for intensity is lowered, and the desired mood is somewhere in the grey zone between the dancefloor and the beach-towel. […] More

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    Roots Of Electronica Vol. 1 – Les Paul

    In the “Roots of Electronica” series, we will be exploring pioneering figures in electronic music, detailing their accomplishments, and providing notes on how their influence, both conceptual and technical, has touched the artists of today. This week, we look at recording legend Les Paul and his groundbreaking single “Lover”.   https://youtu.be/nl2s7m6sKKI   A cursory listen […] More