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Perturbator – The Uncanny Valley

Perturbator, James Kent, has been operating in the genre of electronic music called “Synthwave,” since 2012. Along with Lazerhawk, who is slated to release his follow-up to Skull and Shark this year, Perturbator has been on my list as one … Continue reading

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Deströyer 666 – “Wildfire”

With a belligerent riff and a scalding wail, “Traitor” welcomes the listener to one of the best records of 2016. Wildfire, by Deströyer 666 is pummeling black/death/thrash of the highest, most esteemed, variety. The songs are energetic, flagrant, and filled … Continue reading

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The Presidents of the United States of America: “The Presidents of the United States of America”

It was the late winter of 1996 when all the members of Mrs. Lutz’s fifth grade class seemed to have the same song stuck in their collective unconscious. The students had absorbed the song in a manner so effective that … Continue reading

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The Smashing Pumpkins: “Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness”

Lost inside the dreams, of teen machines The useless drags, the empty days The lonely towers of long mistakes To forgotten faces and faded loves Sitting still was never enough It’s 1999 and I am 14 years old. I have … Continue reading

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Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

When you were young You were the king of carrot flowers And how you built a tower tumbling through the trees In holy rattlesnakes that fell all around your feet Hearing these opening lines to Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the … Continue reading

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Lou Reed: “Transformer”

Writing this feels very strange. The last time I wrote anything for Folkways was in September, 2010 when I reviewed Ryan Adams’ Cold Roses. For the heck of it, I revisited that review and was, frankly, heartbroken. At the time … Continue reading

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