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Music, All Shook Down An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

An Interview With SELA, Vallejo's Best, Weirdest, and Only Ambient/Footwork Producer

Listening to Vallejo producer SELA is akin to wandering through a bleary, dew-laden field at dawn, accidentally falling down a rabbit hole, and then getting sucked up by a rainbow tornado before drifting slowly back down to earth and laying…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

This Week: Lars Ulrich Gets Cold, DMX Gets Scared, Jack White Hangs Out With Santa

"We were recording at night and it was freezing sometimes. We had big gas heaters heating up the drum room so Lars wouldn't catch a cold. That studio is now somebody's apartment, by the way. Somebody's living room is…
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Music, Music for Anything: Tycho Becomes Your Personal Soundtrack

Music for Anything: Tycho Becomes Your Personal Soundtrack

For all our chin-scratching and genre-tagging and influence-identifying, music people don't often talk about what music is actually good for. We discuss the stuff like it's a painting on a museum wall, an art form in a vacuum. To some…
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Music, Hear This Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

Jon Hopkins: Show Preview

London producer and erstwhile Brian Eno weed-carrier Jon Hopkins hit his stride earlier this year with the warmly percolating Immunity LP, which channels Four Tet at the best possible intersection of blissed-out and grounded. But he can also be counted…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Sound Vision

A Sound Vision

Pamela Z can bend her voice with just a flick of her wrist. One of the first musicians to integrate technology into her live performances, Ms. Z changed her name from Pam Brooks when she moved to San Francisco in…
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Music, All Shook Down Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem": Trying to Work 'Outside,' But With Nothing New to Say

Lana Del Rey's "National Anthem": Trying to Work 'Outside,' But With Nothing New to Say

[Editor's note: The Upsetter is a new weekly column exploring music news and pop history from a perspective that is both bewitched and bothered. Here, Andrew Stout will explode the old clichés of rock journalism to make room for some…
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Music, Hear This Matthew Dear: Show Preview

Matthew Dear: Show Preview

An original on the Ann Arbor techno scene, producer/DJ Matthew Dear spent much of the last decade releasing various flavors of house and synth-pop under a variety of aliases. In recent years, however, Dear, now based in New York, has…
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Music, Hear This Small Black: Show Preview

Small Black: Show Preview

This Brooklyn four-piece might sound like it was named in tongue-in-cheek tribute to the noise-punk mutilators behind Songs About Fucking, but Small Black is galaxies removed from Big Black. While Steve Albini crowed like a menacing lunatic, Small Black's Josh…
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Music, All Shook Down Stream Brian Eno's Time-Warped New Album, <i>Small Craft On a Milk Sea</i>

Stream Brian Eno's Time-Warped New Album, Small Craft On a Milk Sea

Small Craft On a Milk Sea, the 25th (!) solo album from oblique strategist and art-tronic music O.G. Brian Eno, isn't out until next week -- on Warp Records, in a partnering of great karmic appropriateness -- but you…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Boombox Experiments

The Boombox Experiments

The child in you wants to go caroling. Everything around it, all that battle-weary flesh and additive-laced blood, requires something more ironic to get it into the street. At Unsilent Night, that’s what the boomboxes are for. Also, you don’t…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Velvet Aboveground

The Velvet Aboveground

Of the more obsessed-about rock bands, the Velvet Underground is probably in the top five. Mostly, it's Lou Reed people can't stop talking about, but according to Allmusic.com author Richie Unterberger, "Brian Eno once said that even though hardly anyone…
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Music, Let's Get Killed New doc reveals many of Scott Walker&#146;s mysteries

New doc reveals many of Scott Walker’s mysteries

On paper, Scott Walker is the perfect cult icon. The singer and composer's recording career has all the requisite sharp pivots and dark shadows that make for excellent record collector lore. He made drastic stylistic changes, from boy band icon…
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Calendar, Night&Day 30 Century Man

30 Century Man

Possessed of a lugubrious, histrionic baritone that could make the most trifling of pop ditties sound like a slow dance on the brink of apocalypse, Scott Walker may be the unlikeliest figure to maintain any presence on oldies radio, thanks…
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Calendar, Night&Day He&#146;s Projecting

He’s Projecting

Rick Prelinger is an archivist of the impermanent. His nontraditionally organized library houses printed materials documenting the transient nature of car culture and tourists. The Prelinger Archives is a refuge for advertising, government, hygiene, and industrial films rescued from becoming…
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Music, Afropop in 2008

Afropop in 2008

Who knew back in January that when Vampire Weekend tinkered with soukous' guitar-driven dance rhythms on its self-titled debut, the band would set the tone for the next 12 months? In many ways, 2008 was the year Afropop fully cracked…
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Music, David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne and Brian Eno pay homage to higher powers

David Byrne's new album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, did more than just reunite the Talking Heads singer with legendary U.K. producer Brian Eno. It also updated their nuanced take on the spiritual, both the realm and the genre.…
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Music, Reviewed Coldplay

Coldplay

Coldplay has a lot riding on its fourth release, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. Not only is the band's viability at stake, the survival of EMI (Capitol's parent company) also depends on its record sales. So…
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Music, Germany&#146;s Cluster still makes heads spin three decades on

Germany’s Cluster still makes heads spin three decades on

Very few bands can be considered the grandfathers of New Age, ambient techno, electro-pop, and underground noise. But Germany's Cluster, a duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, spawned not only those variegated genres, but also a slew of others…
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Music, Reviewed Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

The lads comprising Tulsa's Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey — none of whom are named Jacob or Fred — are jazz musicians of a generation for whom rock, funk, and electronica are not anathema. Core members Brian Haas (keyboards) and Reid…
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Music, Reviewed Willits + Sakamoto

Willits + Sakamoto

It's risky, making an ambient record about the sea. One false move, and you're in the quagmire of New Age. Luckily, Bay Area tinkerer Christopher Willits and Japanese legend Ryuichi Sakamoto have unparalleled experience with subtle instrumental music, and their…
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