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  • 2013.03.15

    OPPORTUNITIES

    » MUSIC, VIDEO  

    The Pet Shop Boys are finally doing what I’ve been hoping they’d do for years: letting Stuart Price produce their next album. And it’s coming out in June — less than a year after their last release!

    Here’s the official video trailer:

    2013.03.06

    BEYOND WIERD

    » EVENTS, MUSIC  

    A week ago tonight, New York’s famous Wierd party met its scheduled demise. Joshua Strawn retrospects on how Wierd carved out a space for doom-laden sounds that transcended subcultural clichés:

    We were all painfully aware of what goth had become throughout the 1990s: spooky dolls, mainstream industrial rock, weak Tim Burton films, and dyed-blue dreadlocked types wearing goggles, platform boots, and cheap-looking PVC to go out and dance to music that basically sounded like La Bouche with an unlistenable male vocalist. In this sense we were elitists, and it would be hard to apologize for having been that way. There are different kinds of elitism. Some focus on the eliteness of people, and and that couldn’t be further from what we were about. The Wierd thrived on nothing if not inclusion of people. But it was elitist in the sense of a standard of excellence in art that most people then could have been forgiven for assuming never got anywhere near so-called dark music.

    For those still craving that Very Rare vibe, there is good news:

    Following a brief silence, some of the party’s affiliates — Soren Roi, Nikki Sneakers, Hillary Johnson, and Jasper McGandy — announced a new weekly whose name immediately addresses the void Wierd left. Named after a song from neofolk band Death In June, Nothing Changes will have a similar musical scope and continue to provide local and touring bands with a venue and eager audience.

    2013.03.05

    WE’RE FUNCTIONING AUTOMATIC

    » ART, MUSIC, TECH, VIDEO  

    The Toa Mata Band is an ingenious ensemble of toy robots playing drum machines, a stylophone, and a Kaossilator, all controlled by an iPad sequencer via an Arduino interface:

    2013.02.05

    TONE POEMS

    » MUSIC, TECH, VIDEO  

    A computer-controlled piano that can actually reproduce human speech:

    2013.01.13

    I’M COMING TO REWARD THEM

    » MUSIC, VIDEO  

    Here’s exclusive video footage from Maxx Klaxon’s conquest of Berlin:

    This week and next, you can pick up a CD of PARANOID STYLE — the album on which Maxx’s version of “First We Take Manhattan” was first featured — at CD Baby, for only $4.50. Better Mind Control has never been so reasonably priced!

    2012.12.22

    TOP TUNES

    In no particular order, here are 5 of the tracks I most enjoyed in 2012:

    Frank Ocean – “Thinkin Bout You”

    FREnchfire and Sangam – “Yellow Leaves” becoming “Set in Stone”

    Orbital – “Where Is It Going?”

    Crystal Castles – “Wrath of God”

    Churches – “Lies”

    And as a bonus, here’s a little something of my own, off the SPLICEWERK compilation:

    Maxx Klaxon + Radio Wonderland – “Authoritarian Idol Theme”

    2012.10.23

    WARP FACTOR

    Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 at Warper

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    This Thursday, Maxx Klaxon brings a new installment of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012 to The Delancey! Maxx will perform the third show in this special series at the long-running Warper live electronica event.

    Expect a sparkling set of trademark Klaxon electro… plus Maxx’s interactive video interviews with digital avatars of the presidential contenders, speaking in their own remixed words.

    It’s a razor-sharp combination of satire and synthpop — and an all-too-accurate take on politics in the infotainment age.

    (Check out a segment from the 2008 edition of AUTHORITARIAN IDOL here.)

    NOTE: Maxx Klaxon’s set will begin on the first-floor stage, at 11pm sharp!

    DETAILS:

    WARPER featuring Maxx Klaxon’s AUTHORITARIAN IDOL 2012
    @ The Delancey
    168 Delancey Street, Lower East Side, NYC
    8pm-2am (Maxx’s set at 11pm sharp)
    Free / 21+

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    2012.10.21

    NEVER GONNA HIDE IT AGAIN

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    Madonna’s Erotica is 20 years old today. “Deeper and Deeper” is one of the best cuts off the album — and probably one of the best house-pop songs ever: