My fall has been filled listening to two seemingly very different types of music: electronic music and soulful R&B. While on the surface this seems very much like a war between human and machine, the two find themselves in each others’ worlds quite often. So this is a mix of body (danceable electronic music) and soul (soul and R&B), and some that is both body and soul. While this has nothing in common with what I usually listen to in the fall, this is inevitably where I find myself, even though I am one of the least soulful and rhythmic people you will ever meet.
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It’s Album Time
In the streaming/music overload age, it feels rare to hear something that sounds truly fresh and exciting. Enter Norwegian electronic whiz Todd Terje. After a decade’s worth of singles, remixes, and DJ sets, Terje has decided it’s album time with his first album…It’s Album Time. Like its cheeky title, It’s Album Time is delightfully playful and a fun spring find.
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New York based musician Ryan Lott aka Son Lux has quietly been making some of the most forward-thinking electronic/post-rock music around since 2008. The young musician has taken on his music with a real entrepreneurial spirit, with his songs taking the most unique twists, and exploring all expanses of the musical universe. Despite being highly imaginative, Son Lux’s music has left me a little cold in its abstractness until this year with his third release Lanterns.
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St. Louis, MO
September 2, 2012
Question: What do you get when you combine eight Dan Deacon newbies, an America theme, and complete lack of inhibitions?
Answer: A text message from one of your fellow attendees the following morining that says “I’m pretty sure I got ghosted” followed simply by “Holy what the f***”. Let me set the stage for you a little more completely.
If you aren’t familiar with Dan Deacon, he recently released a new album titled America, which I so happen to be a big fan of. Deacon, an indie composer of electronic music, has reputation for mass crowd participation, and I stumbled late last week upon him playing at local St. Louis venue, The Firebird. A group of eight of my friends decided it would be awesome to all dress in America gear and head to The Firebird, and more than anything, make a spectacle of ourselves. Mission accomplished and as I tell the tale of the night, I’m gonna try to leave names out of the events.
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I still remember the last few months of my college career like it was yesterday. Lots of friends, lots of “last times”, a lot of avoiding school work, too much of fun, a shit-ton of dancing, and a copious amount of drinking. Somewhere in the mix Passion Pits little EP found its way into my routine. Mostly correlated with the drinking/dancing. Chunk of Change was a pretty overly intense amount of fun to pack into 6 songs, but it really did the trick and made its mark. It also built expectations extremely high for Passion Pit’s first LP, which Manners did not live up too in many ways. Between the disappointment of Manners and the hideous excuse for a live performance I witnessed at Coachella 2 years ago, I was certainly expecting to be able to simply write this new album off the moment I hit play. Much to my dismay (I was really rather hoping to rip this album for some reason) I’ve seemed to have gotten a bit “carried away” by this album … very unexpectedly.
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