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Music, Reviewed Tom Vek

Tom Vek

The current round of '80s dance-punk redux has been going on long enough that it's only a matter of time before some bandwagon-jumping latecomers become the chart-topping equivalent of Creed for the skinny-tie set. Happily, 24-year-old Brit Tom Vek shows…
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Music, True Blue

True Blue

In the summer of 1986, as they had for many years before that, my parents sent me off to camp in the hills above Santa Cruz. Care packages filled with sugar were strictly verboten, but one sunny day mail call…
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Music, Reviewed Moby


Moby is far too wealthy to care about credibility in the dance-music world he left behind after 1996's ill-conceived rock album Animal Rights and the megasuccess of 1999's Play. Dissed as a crass merchant of bogus blues, soul, and gospel…
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Music, Reviewed Out Hud

Out Hud

So many bland new-wave bands have emerged so far in the '00s that they're beginning to dry up the musical credibility of the original '80s synth-pop and -rock experiments they're ostensibly inspired by. Fischerspooner is supposed to be the New…
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Music, OK Then

The Life and Times of an American Remixer

It's 10 a.m. on a Wednesday and the Count is already awake. Strange for a musician, let alone someone who calls himself Count. This musician, however, is a busy guy. Today, at his home studio in Bernal Heights, he's got…
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Music, Reviewed The Notwist

The Notwist

Somewhere between rock 'n' roll and electronic music lies a strange new world. The region (because it can hardly be called a genre), increasingly explored by American and European artists, merges rock's songwriting and rhythmic muscle with electronica's detail-obsessive sound…
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Music, Reviewed Cosmo Vitelli

Cosmo Vitelli

Cosmo Vitelli, aka 29-year-old French producer Benjamin Boguet, takes his pseudonym from a nightclub owner in John Cassavetes' 1976 film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie -- a fact that's nearly the only serious thing about his project. Although his…
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Music, Reviewed Metro Area

Metro Area

Sometimes, your timing can be too good. For the past four years, Metro Area -- the recording project of New York house producers Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani -- has been turning out funky, minimalist dance music in relative obscurity,…
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Music, Chicks on Speed

Chicks on Speed

If you have an affection for '80s music, you'll be either offended or deeply touched by what Chicks on Speed have to offer. On The Re-Releases of the Un-Releases, the Munich-based trio puts the clichés of the Me Decade into…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

Keep feeling fascination Driving from San Diego to Mexico for New Year's, I made an interesting discovery: The '80s are back. OK, so it's not like the decade ever really went away. In fact, with the cultural nostalgia cycle set…
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Music, Record Various Artists

Various Artists

Various Artists Machine Soul: An Odyssey into Electronic Dance Music (Rhino) Ohm: The Early Gurus of Electronic Music (Ellipsis Arts) The early negative reviews of Rhino's Machine Soul -- which boil down to "been there, done that" -- have a…
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Calendar, Night&Day


wednesday august 6 That's the Spirit Robyn Hitchcock's song "My Wife and My Dead Wife" could have been inspired by Blithe Spirit, fellow Englishman Noel Coward's 1941 comedy about a man whose second marriage is disrupted by the mischievous ghost…
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