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Many of you will remember producer wait what’s, mashup project the notorious xx. The album quickly gained a ridiculous amount of attention from a variety of sources including The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and Rolling Stone among others. Rather than sit back and live fat, wait what decided to ball out and follow up with a mixtape, this is real life, which features some hood tracks that gather source materials from modern indie (Sleigh Bells, Justice, LCD Soundsytem, etc.) and the annals of the late nineties rap (Black Rob, Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz).

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This past Labor Day weekend brought magnificent weather to the New York City area, as Hurricane Earl bypassed the area completely, allowing the second edition of the Electric Zoo festival to thrive.  For a total of 24 hours split between Saturday and Sunday, Randall’s Island was New York City’s hottest club, and potentially a newfound earthquake hotspot.  Booming beats resonating from four precisely placed stages likely sent the rest of the island humming.

Obviously the best outfit seen at the festival

Festival goers dressed in green latex suits, deer costumes, and tiger body paint, among other bizarre outfits littered the grounds, provided a unique flavor of diversity.  While the average stereotype of dance music and the New York area would assume that it would be thousands of juicehead guidos with blowouts, it was hardly the case, in fact quite the opposite.  The mix of concert goers among the 25,000 plus each day was welcoming to all sorts of characters geared with pacifiers and surgical masks.

Starting off on Saturday, LA Riots brought early excitement, mixing Estelle’s “Freak” with distorted beats while catching onto the infectious “Pon de Floor” by Major Lazer in what proved to be a house filled weekend.  Forty minutes felt like five minutes during LA Riots set as climaxes and crescendos came at perfectly timed moments.  After a glorious start, I quickly made the rash and hasty decision of watching Boris (not to be confused with Japanese noise-rockers Boris) at…


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of September 07 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

The Acorn – No Ghost (Bella Union)
Anberlin – Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place (Republic) – Adam Thomas
Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart (Epic)
The Beatles – The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles [DVD] (Universal Music)
Blue Sky Black Death – Third Party (Fake Four Inc.)
Gasoline Silver – Gasoline Silver (+1 Records)
Helmet – Seeing Eye Dog (+1 Records )
In Lingua Mortua – Salon Des Refuses (Termo Records)
Interpol – Interpol (Matador Records)
Brendan James – Brendan James (Decca)
Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned {EU} (Kamelot Media Group)
Megadeth – Rust In Peace Live [DVD/CD] (Shout Factory!)
Oceansize – Self Preserved while the Bodies Float Up {EU} (SUPERBALL MUSIC) – Sobhi Abdul-Rakhman
Q-Unique – Between Heaven and Hell (Capital Q Music)
Robyn – Body Talk Pt. 2 (Cherrytree/Interscope)
Rock (Heltah Skeltah) – Rockin Out West (Duck Down Music)
Stone Sour – Audio Secrecy (Roadrunner Records)
Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats (Sargent House)
The Thermals – Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars) – Adam Thomas
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong (Ninja Tune)
Unicycle – Mirror, Mirror (Highwheel Records)

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Just two dudes:

Pit ‘n’ Wiz meet Bearded Ebert:

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The 80s were great:

An AIM excerpt:

Soliquidis (1:51:33 AM): i untie the shoes from my balls
Soliquidis (1:51:46 AM): and put the shoes on my hands
Soliquidis (1:51:50 AM): now i have shoe hands
GDandBlinkfan76 (1:52:22 AM): they dont even fit
Soliquidis (1:52:37 AM): dont even think about it
Soliquidis (1:52:52 AM): youre ruining my fantasy with your memes again
Soliquidis (1:53:04 AM): now im not even gona get off
Soliquidis (1:53:34 AM): where was i
Soliquidis (1:53:36 AM): oh yeah
Soliquidis (1:53:46 AM): so i start beating u with my shoe hands
Soliquidis (1:53:50 AM): youre naked
GDandBlinkfan76 (1:53:53 AM): you are a dog
Soliquidis (1:53:58 AM): god dammit
GDandBlinkfan76 (1:54:12 AM): over 9000 dogs
Soliquidis (1:54:42 AM): i go over to your computer and set parental controls
Soliquidis (1:55:11 AM): then go to bed

Besides having really great album art and a frustratingly hip name, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have talent. They can write a damn good pop song. “Vocal Chords” is one of three examples off their Horse Power EP, which also includes a cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”.

Have a listen:

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As part of my ongoing efforts to educate the masses about an archaic musical genre that nobody really liked in the first place, I’ll be highlighting some of the forgotten classics (i.e. all of them) of the hair metal era. Anybody who had harboured any lingering respect for me up to this point will soon see the error of his ways.

George Lynch formed Lynch Mob after the original line-up of Dokken disintegrated in 1989.

Their one and only hit album, Wicked Sensation, was released in 1990. Singer Oni Logan left soon afterward, and the band flagged badly as grunge trounced hair metal in everything but the style stakes. The band endured a volatile ’90s, breaking up and reforming regularly, though 1998 proved a particular low point as they attempted to capitalise upon the popularity of rap-rock with Smoke This – think Tommy Lee’s Methods of Mayhem but way, way shitter.

‘Wicked Sensation’ is the opening track, the title track and the best track on their debut album. Vocalist Oni Logan isn’t particularly distinctive a singer, but Lynch found him nigh-on-impossible to replace, and it’s not hard to work out why on this impossibly catchy pop-metal number.

N.B. Lynch Mob are now available for keggers and pool parties.

Lynch Mob  – ‘Wicked Sensation’

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‘We Used To Wait’ is one of the more interesting tracks on Arcade Fire’s third album, the Suburbs, both from a musical and lyrical perspective.

Here, Brooklyn indie rockers the Drums take the song on a completely different course. The cover, recorded for BBC’s Live Lounge with Huw Stephens, resembles more closely a less jangly version of the Cure, in stark contrast to the original’s glossy barrelhouse piano-led arrangement.

MP3: The Drums – ‘We Used To Wait’ (Arcade Fire cover)

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As part of my ongoing efforts to educate the masses about an archaic musical genre that nobody really liked in the first place, I’ll be highlighting some of the forgotten classics (i.e. all of them) of the hair metal era. Anybody who had harboured any lingering respect for me up to this point will soon see the error of his ways.

#1: Tigertailz – ‘Love Bomb Baby’

Spare a thought for Tigertailz – not alone did the group’s breakthrough album Bezerk unfortunately coincide with the popping of the hair metal bubble, but they’ve also been forced to deal with the eternal indignity of being Welsh. They never stood a chance.

Having said that, Tigertailz can always console themselves with the dubious honour of being the UK’s most successful hair metal act… ever! (Def Leppard notwithstanding, the Sheffield quartet being of an earlier vintage). Bezerk was released in 1990 to mild applause, with infectious lead single ‘Love Bomb Baby’ and obligatory power ballad ‘Heaven’ (not a patch on the Warrant track of the same name) driving album sales above a respectable quarter of a million.

Musically, Tigertailz were always more Motley Crue and Accept than Poison or Pretty Boy Floyd, but ‘Love Bomb Baby’ is the exact opposite: pure bubblegum pop wrapped in a driving, hard rock shell. Remarkably, given the genre’s track record, the “love bomb” in question does not, in fact, refer to the singer’s penis (or anyone else’s).

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Dimmu Borgir released “Gateways (Edit)” from their upcoming album, Abrahadabra, last Tuesday through iTunes (and probably other digital retailers). On a whim, I decided to buy the track to see if I should be looking forward to the whole CD or not – it didn’t really help. It doesn’t help because “Gateways” is different enough from their previous releases that it’s hard to tell if it is a one-off or if it is representative of the whole album.

For one, there are two different sections that contain female vocals and neither of them turns out to be cheesy.  The first section with female vocals is shouted in an almost punk-like manner, and the second section is more of a choir effect (think Therion not Cradle of Filth). Both sections were surprising because it’s a new direction for the band, and also because it actually worked. Another thing about the song is that it is much slower and more melodic than what is typical of a Dimmu Borgir track. I’m not trying to say that it’s pop or anything, but it’s definitely much more accessible. Those that actually care about the band have probably read that the album features another full orchestra, but unlike Death Cult Armageddon, “Gateways” isn’t overpowered by it. The song is more of an equal partnership between the riffs and the orchestral parts.

So, this song didn’t really help at all. If the whole album pushes the band’s sound like this song did then things might…


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To the uncultured ear (and that includes my own), searching for good post-rock can feel like a hiding to nothing. It’s not that there isn’t plenty of good material to choose from – there is – but otherwise it can take an awful long time to figure out that something is, in fact, shit.

Irish trio Halves gave me no such trouble – featured tune ‘May Your Enemies Never Find Happiness’ practically assaulted me the first time I heard it. It’s not that it’s particularly loud – they don’t seem to go to the same ear-splitting levels as other, more conventional bands (on record at least) – but it builds slowly and deliberately with soft vocals and a chiming blues guitar motif, so that the inevitable crescendos are just an aspect, rather than an aim, of the song.

It sounds like a typical post-rock track, and it is, but it’s also an incredibly moving one.

‘May Your Enemies Never Find Happiness’ is taken from the seven-track EP Haunt Me When I’m Drowsy.


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A couple of weeks ago Sputnikmusic’s own Ryan Flatley interviewed DJ Pretty Lights in preparation for his performance this upcoming weekend at the massive NYC dance festival Electric Zoo. Headlining that festival is Dutch trance DJ/producer/radio show host Armin van Buuren, who’s gearing up for his fourth album release in September by playing nearly nonstop this past year. And when DJ Magazine has voted you the #1 DJ in the world for three straight years, gigs aren’t exactly in short supply. We were lucky enough to catch up with Armin before his headlining appearance at the UK’s definitive dance festival Creamfields this past weekend.

Rudy Klapper: Being the number one DJ in the world is a pretty demanding job, particularly when you’ve been voted the best multiple years as you have. How has 2010 been turning out so far as you gear up for your album release?

Armin van Buuren: Well, it’s been really, really phenomenal. I thought last year was sort of the peak for myself but this year I’m releasing my new album, I’ve been doing a little less DJing in general because I want to focus on that.  But I still toured South America and North America, some stuff in Asia. But yeah, in the summer though I’ve just been full on doing a gig almost every day and it’s been really fantastic. Now I have 21 new tracks finished and I’m very proud.

RK: I caught your headlining act at the…


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Here’s a list of major new releases for the week of August 31 , 2010. Please feel free to request reviews for any of the following albums from staff or contributors.

10 Years – Feeding the Wolves (Universal Republic) – Davey Boy
The Autumn Offering – The Autumn Offering (Victory Records)
Big L – 139 & Lenox (Flamboyant)
Ryan Bingham – Junky Star (Lost Highway)
Carl Broemel [My Morning Jacket] – All Birds Say (ATO RECORDS/RED)
Cephalic Carnage – Misled By Certainty (Relapse Records)
Common – Resurrection [2-CD Deluxe] (Get On Down)
The Contortionist – Exoplanet (Good Fight)
Dagoba – Poseidon {EU} (Indie Europe/Zoom)
Death Angel – Relentless Retribution {EU} (Nuclear Blast)
Disturbed – Asylum (Reprise)
DJ Muggs & Ill Bill – Kill Devil Hills (Fat Beats Records)
Everything Everything – Man Alive (Piccadilly Records)
Funeral for a Friend – The Young and Defenceless [EP] (Self Released)
Godfather Don – Properties of Steel (Traffic Ent. Group)
Goo Goo Dolls – Something For The Rest Of Us (Warner Bros.)
The Graduate – Only Every Time (Razor & Tie) – Davey Boy
Bruce Haack – Farad Bruce Haack (Stones Throw Records)
Heart – Red Velvet Car (Sony Legacy)
Lyfe Jennings – I Still Believe (Asylum Records)
Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now (Warner Bros.)
KRS One & True Master – Meta-Historical (Fat Beats Records)
Last Nights Vice – Perfect Little Noise (Last Nights Vice)
Madlib – Advanced Jazz (Madlib Invazion)


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Trawling through endless press releases and PR pitches is, unfortunately, a major aspect of my life – I say unfortunately because I am currently sat at home at 4am on a Sunday morning wading through release after release in search of something – ANYTHING – that will make the suffering worthwhile.

Also, I had dry clothes on the washing line and then it started raining. Shit.

‘Hard To Say I Love You’ isn’t quite the panacea I crave, but it is the first thing I’ve seen all night thoughtful enough and, dare I say it, innocent enough to penetrate the deep-rooted cynicism I’ve built up this eve.

Dylan works as an a&r at a label (I don’t know if he wants me to say which), but he contacted me on Friday with an entirely different project: a summery pop video he made with his brother and an unnamed friend. ‘Hard To Say I Love’ you is undeniably raw and more than a little bit trite, but the man I believe to have identified as Dylan spends most of the video topless, which is always a plus.

Dylan and his brother Noah hope to make it as more than just a music video in the near future, and I can only wish them the best of luck as their video has made my life just a little bit brighter this evening.


You wanted the best? Well they couldn’t fucking make it. So here’s what you get. From Brazil. Marcelo. Bruno N’ Douglas!

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