Category Archives: Tracks

Three for Thursday Returns!

It has been too long, friends, since I forced my musical opinions on you in the form of pretty flashing videos. Three for Thursday returns with a couple new music videos to spotlight some of the tracks that have been burning holes through my headphones which can now burn holes through your eyeballs, too. Continue reading

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Beautiful Glitch

Glitch Music Studio

If you ever wondered what DJ looks at when he's dropping his beats...

I often have a hard time explaining electronic music to friends who don’t know the genre. Part of the reason, I think, is that there are many more differences between artists and songs within the field than there are similarities. One has, for example, techno and house DJs creating a club vibe, ambient and downtempo acts striving for lush and chill sounds, and electropop (or even industrial rock) bands that can induce dancing, moshing and quiet contemplation all in the span of one disc. That’s not even touching subgenres where you get smashup hybrids like the fantastic (in both name and practice) folktronica. Continue reading

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How to Destroy Angels

The indefinite hiatus and end of touring for Nine Inch Nails began less than nine months ago, but Trent Reznor – the lead singer, creative director and only permanent member of the group – is not one to sit idly by. The man forced himself to take a few days off, then ran back to the studio for some tinkering. The first bits of this post-NIN output have begun to appear and I think people are happy so far.

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But I hate when I feel like this and I never hated you

Frightened Rabbit

Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit (picture via "rokbun - Scotland's Live Music")

I had chills this morning, and they weren’t because of Chicago’s unseasonable frost warning. They came, instead, from listening to “Poke” off the 2008 album Midnight Organ Fight from Scottish indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit. The album is a colossal breakup album with songs that swing funny, angsty, defiant and, in the case of “Poke,” downright movingly sad. Continue reading

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Terry Riley’s “In C,” performed by Grand Valley State University New Ensemble

Perhaps the most significant difference between classical music and popular is its greater capacity to offer pleasure on an academic and emotional level at once.

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The work “In C” was composed by Terry Riley in 1964 and is a contemporary classical piece with quite a few quirks. The score consists of 53 phrases of various duration (from a half beat to 32 beats) which may be played by any number of musicians (32 is suggested) in the given order (though phrases may be repeated or skipped) and can last any amount of time (though 45-90 minutes is typical), all while a pianist (“traditionally… a beautiful girl” the score points out) pushes out a steady stream of eighth note C’s. Several groups have played and recorded the work in the decades since its birth, though the piece just came to my attention through a recently released recording by the Grand Valley State University New Ensemble and published by Ghostly International. Continue reading

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Something New, Something Old

Hot Chip have a new track out before the release of their new album, One Life Stand, next February. “Take It In” is the tenth and last track. The group has been busy since the release of Coming on Strong in 2004, although I’m surprised that they haven’t as of yet collaborated with a hip-hop group. They seem to work on new tracks without a break: I saw them play “Over and Over” live in early 2005; it wasn’t released as a single until later that year and was eventually included on The Warning in May 2006.

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