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    The Free Design

    Beloved by Stereolab and the High Llamas (whose Sean O'Hagan wrote Born Again's liner notes), the Free Design was an NYC group in the late '60s/ early '70s celebrated for its exquisitely arranged male/ female harmonies and unabashedly cheerful songs.…
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    The High Llamas Snowbug (V2) There's really only so much of Brian Wilson's and Burt Bacharach's musical aesthetics a musician can appropriate before becoming a complete fool to nostalgia. For 10 years, Sean O'Hagan has been borrowing, retooling, and deriving…
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    Madonna Ray of Light (Maverick) "I traded fame for love," are the first words out of Madonna's mouth on Ray of Light. Like hell she did. If she's indeed found true love, as the album keeps reminding you she has,…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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