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Music, Feature Toro y Moi Thaws Out: Chaz Bundick puts a New Fire Under His Cool Electronic Funk

Toro y Moi Thaws Out: Chaz Bundick puts a New Fire Under His Cool Electronic Funk

Photograph by Misha Vladimirskiy/Butchershop Creative Chaz Bundick is so goddamn chill. On a Friday morning in January, the figurehead of the popular indie music group Toro y Moi is sipping coffee on a quiet corner in North Berkeley. Bundick…
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Music, Hear This The Men: Show Preview

The Men: Show Preview

Indie rock has always been a record-collector's genre. And perhaps no current band represents that lineage as faithfully as the Men. Their latest album, Open Your Heart, covers all the tracks: Big Star, the Buzzcocks, Sonic Youth — you know…
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Music, Hear This Do Make Say Think

Do Make Say Think

Simon Reynolds, often credited with coining the term postrock, defined it as "using rock instrumentation for nonrock purposes." Following suit, the preponderance of postrockers focus on "guitar texture," "percussive moodscapes," and other such sonic intangibles. Then there's Do Make Say…
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Music, Reviewed Young Marble Giants

Young Marble Giants

In the liner notes to this two-CD reissue, music critic Simon Reynolds suggests that Young Marble Giants debut, Colossal Youth, was one of only five perfect post-punk albums (the others being by the Slits, the Fall, and Pere Ubu). He…
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Music, Reviewed Ui


One of the few bands ever to make use of both banjo and synthesizer, New York three-piece (and sometime four-piece) Ui hit its stride in 1993, right about the time that Simon Reynolds penned his infamous article on "post-rock," coining…
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Into the Groovy

Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture By Simon Reynolds (Little, Brown) Let me begin by stating that I have seen Simon Reynolds do the methylenedioxymethamphetamine boogie. Moreover, I have on occasion shared water bottles with him.…
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Revolting Cocks

Home is a jail, and Mommy is a monster: Themes like these popped up in many books, films, and records in the 1940s and '50s. Philip Wylie's influential book Generation of Vipers rails against maternal influences in American culture; in…
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