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Music, Hear This Matmos: Show Preview

Matmos: Show Preview

Soon after M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel got to know one another around 1994, the pair started Matmos, an avant-garde electronic outfit that plays with music's possibilities and perceptions. The former S.F. (now Baltimore) group has utilized rat cages, Bible…
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Music, Matmos find inspiration in the Armpit, USA

Matmos find inspiration in the Armpit, USA

Electronic duo Matmos always seems to be switching gears. Supreme Balloon, its latest record, marks yet another departure. M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel not only moved into new musical realms, they also submitted a change-of-address form at the post office.…
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Music, Disco Braniacs

Disco Braniacs

Local electronic duo Matmos is notorious for using unusual sound sources — liposuction surgery, amplified crayfish nerves — on its recordings, and the group's upcoming release The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast is no exception. The…
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Music, BeatBox Tortured Soul makes house music live music; the Soft Pink Truth serves up electro versions of punk and hardcore

Tortured Soul makes house music live music; the Soft Pink Truth serves up electro versions of punk and hardcore

House is not typically thought of as organic, live music, but New York's Tortured Soul puts a wrinkle in that notion. The five-year-old trio (John-Christian Urich, Ethan White, and Jason Kriveloff) released its debut full-length, Introducing Tortured Soul, in 2004,…
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Music, Reviewed The Soft Pink Truth

The Soft Pink Truth

What's punker than punk? Well, duh: an album of electro-pop covers of punk songs -- nothing pisses off a purist like swapping Marshall stacks for sampled blips and bleeps. But then, Drew Daniel -- ex-punk rocker, current Björk collaborator and…
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Music, Soft Pink Sleuth

Soft Pink Sleuth

By many accounts, 2002 was the year of the bootleg, or "mash-up." These recombinant pop songs -- which fit, say, Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" to the Strokes' "Hard to Explain" -- flourished in the viral environment of the…
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Music, Class Cutups

Class Cutups

Matmos' fourth album, A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure, can be experienced in two distinct ways: Before Liner Notes (BLN) and After Liner Notes (ALN). If a listener blindly plops the disc into his player without a…
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Music, You Can Dance If  You Want To

You Can Dance If You Want To

Many people associate techno music with the beat-heavy, dance-oriented electronic sounds that emerged from Detroit in the late '80s. Since that time, however, the genre has exploded into a hundred subgenres, some of them danceable and some quite difficult to…
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