L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems) Records – Music For Shut-Ins Album Review

Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems) is like a techno factory. It’s easy to picture powerful pistons and sparking conveyor belts producing these roughly hewn beats. Across 2 discs — one of collected singles and another of new material — 19 producers from the L.I.E.S. family bend and warp techno, disco and every hue of house music, then pack it in styrofoam and cotton before shipping it off. L.I.E.S. has been called “Workingman’s Techno”, due to the no-nonsense approach to their productions, as well as their relentless release schedule. They have put out over 30 releases in 2013, and compilations like Music For Shut Ins are essential, providing a snapshot of not only where L.I.E.S. stands, but it also

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Bringing Intimacy to the Celebrity Myth: Teddie Dahlin & Sid Vicious

In March 2011, the Norwegian author, Trygve Mathiesen, published his book, Sex Pistols Exiled to Trondheim. An account of the notorious punk rock band’s tour of Norway in 1977, this story of rock n’ roll in the cold north contained a significant contribution from Teddie Dahlin about her teenage romantic involvement with bass player Sid Vicious, whilst acting as the band’s interpreter. At the launch of the book, the one question on everyone’s lips was, “Who is Teddie?” Today, thirty-five years after the tragic demise of Vicious of a heroin overdose and many years after a media obsession with his life and death had ceased, things were about to get a reboot, 21st century-style. Teddie Dahlin was to find herself

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Top Pops! January 2014: Death Vessel, School of Language, Farao, Tomas Barfod, Gardens & Villa, JMSN

“Pop music shouldn’t always get a bad rap,” says Top Pops!, a recurring selection of indie pop highlights across a selection of styles, updated every month to keep you on your wiggly toes.

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Glasser Band Interview w/ Jonathan Turner: The Architecture of Personal Interiors

“What I came to understand through that process [of] my reading of Delirious New York is that this record is about myself as a structure – as a structure that I’m imposing on myself, that society imposes on me – and the way that I relate to the structures, or people, around me. And I just thought that the skyscraper was such a brilliant metaphor for that, because it’s a giant monolith of intricacy that you can never fully know every corner of, just as you can never know all the deep, far reaches of a person’s existence. Even I don’t know my own furthest, deepest, darkest feelings, necessarily, but they’re covered up by a powerful facade.” - Cameron Mesirow of Glasser

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Metronomy – I’m Aquarius Music Video (MV of the Week)

We’ve coincidentally been featuring a string of sci-fi and space-related music videos as of late, but Metronomy’s music video for “I’m Aquarius”, directed by French director Edoud Salier, is definitely the most polished of the bunch. Rolling with the punches of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Mount’s use of astrological references galore, this music video is like a sci-fi book cover turned motion picture style. Retro spaceships float over spacescapes painted in bold strokes, until they finally touch down in a new land, not unlike a modern ancient Egypt, and timed perfectly for the song’s ending half, which worms out into ethereal spaces.

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Multicultural Sounds: Pearls Negras – Biggie Apple Mixtape

Get your heads spinning with these tracks from Brazil’s girl-pop-rap group, Pearls Negras, who have a new Biggie Apple mixtape out now for your consumable pleasure. Somehow the nitty-gritty of these jams, their harsh Portuguese delivery, and the fact that these bitchez be from the super real streets of Rio blows this shit out of the water even more explosively than any potential English counterparts. Incredible, in the best of ways, and if the heavy beats and mad lip service aren’t convincing enough, check them out in the booty shorts and spandex-heavy music video for “Pensando em Você” (“Thinking About You”), which is also translated below. (PS – Don’t be too thrown off by the halfway-point pop song in the

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