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Music, All Shook Down R.I.P. Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, 1948-2012

R.I.P. Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco, 1948-2012

While previous diagnoses of the death of disco have come off as somewhat premature in the wake of countless rivals, it now seems we're a step closer to a definite end. Donna Summer, the vocalist known as the "queen…
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Music, BeatBox Sébastien Tellier

Sébastien Tellier

Parisian producer Sébastien Tellier claims his 2008 album, Sexuality, was informed by "the abuse of sustained arpeggiator by extralarge tablecloths." That's crazy in any language. Of course, a French accent makes loony behavior all the more forgivable, especially when it…
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Music, BeatBox The Future of Disco

The Future of Disco

New York–based DJ and producer John MacLean is best known as Juan Mac-Lean — which is also the name of his band. The group has a fascination with the sounds of disco and early Italian house music, releasing two bright…
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Music, Reviewed Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Donna Summer is special. You are not Donna Summer. All the other divas who flirted with paganism before discovering Jesus are just pretenders: She doesn't even need to mention them by name. As the chant of ever-circling, overdubbed Donnas surrounds…
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Music, BeatBox Digesting DJ Food's druggy, thuggy, spacey, racy turntablism

Digesting DJ Food's druggy, thuggy, spacey, racy turntablism

DJ Food & DK are kings of the breakbeat and the freak beat, using a quick mix style to bustle along hip hop's backbone and graft it to recontextualized snippets. The result falls in the cut 'n' paste, sampledelic lineage…
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Music, Reviewed Junior Boys

Junior Boys

How'd you like to get beat up? It's easy. Just put the Junior Boys' synth-tronic debut on at a party before 3 a.m. If you don't get smacked down, you'll certainly get called a sissybuttpumper (not that there's anything wrong…
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Snake Charmer

The action in Jackie Chan's 1978 martial arts movie Snake in Eagle's Shadow is endearingly low-budget -- basically a ballet of violence in which someone occasionally gets killed, but no one gets hurt. The cartoonish characters -- neatly divided into…
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