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Music For Robots

Last Build Date: Fri, 02 Feb 2007 10:51:21 PST

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Fri, 02 Feb 2007 10:45:15 PST

Audionom - Kein Bock TGIF right guys? Whew! Here's a little (well ok, not so little at 8+ minutes long) electro-rock jam to finish off this week by Sweden's Audionom. They've been pretty big in the alternative scene over there for a while, having formed in the late 90s... and broken up and re-formed multiple times. Their sound is pretty fierce. Synths and guitars all wailing at once, some of their songs are downright heavy - some are hard and fast, just dripping sweat and energy, others (like this one) are slow burners, but are no less hot and...

I'm making out tonight with my computer

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 13:36:50 PST

What is it with Scandinavians and great pop music? I don't know what's in the water over there, but I want some to pour in my morning coffee. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - Loop Duplicate My Heart. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names (Johan Hedberg and Peter Gunnarsson, if you're reading the right Bible) is a pair of guys who like to screw around with loops and sweet, sweet melodies. In fact, their official bio from Labrador Records says, "They make and record their music in the hallway or the storehouse at the home of Peter’s kind parents. Johan makes...

You're Like an Army Baby

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 08:30:14 PST

Softlightes - Girlkillsbear [Lo-Fi-FNK Remix]. If we haven't already, we need to talk about Friend Rock. This is the music that your friends make which you are obligated to see. Used in a sentence, it would be like this: "After dinner I've gotta go see some Friend Rock at Spaceland. You don't have to come." Most of the time, you're not super excited about going because the band isn't that good - but they're your friends so you kind of have to go. And maybe they're opening for someone cool. It might work out in the end. And then sometimes...

A bottle, a message, and a place to call home

Wed, 31 Jan 2007 05:47:38 PST

The Isles - Summer Loans Melodic records keeps hitting me out of nowhere with these songs I can't get enough of. First all that Pedro goodness, now New York's The Isles, and more on the way. The Isles new EP, Summer Loans, follows their well-received debut LP Perfumed Lands (though they're better known across the Atlantic currently), and is one of the rare indie rock releases I can listen to over and over and over... and I have. You'd better believe I have. It's three songs, and all three have climbed into my top playcount list in iTunes for...

J-O-A-K-I-M (and friends)!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 30 Jan 2007 09:10:51 PST

Joakim - Rocket Pearl (LIVE) Tonight at APT (413 W 13th Street) MFR favorite Joakim is going to be laying down a likely wild DJ set - based on his remixes, his own songs, and the DJ sets of his that I've heard, it will probably be full of disco, techno and everything in between, so the basement will be slamming. Joakim's new full-length album, titled Monsters and Silly Songs, is excellent, and totally nuts. Seriously, nuts. On his myspace blog, there was a post last February called "Fuck computers" that said his hard drive died and he didn't...

A tomboy

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 14:50:40 PST

Tomboy - Murky Jerky Denmark's Tomboy, aka Tomas Barfod, has been making eclectic dance music for few years now. His band-project, Whomadewho, made tons of top-ten electronic lists with their self-titled 2005 album, and we loved it here at MFR! After Whomadewho's extensive touring schedule of 2005-2006, Barfod made the smart decision to lock himself in his studio for a while to finish up his latest Tomboy project. Coming off four successful EPs for Germany's Gomma Records (the most recent, 4, being an absolute killer), as well as singles for Tiga's Turbo Recordings, Parisian taste-makers Kitsuné, and the always-on-point...

It Might Be Too Late to Tell

Fri, 26 Jan 2007 10:19:58 PST

Philippians - 100 Knives feat. Mirah. It's always surprising hearing what's happening in little corners of Los Angeles, right down the street from my house. I come across a lot of local music, but much of it is either not good or just undeveloped. Still, I listen. And then one day you'll come into your office and hear something like the Philippians coming out of your email and it's totally ridiculous. I absolutely love this song. Love it. The philippians make this delicate music that's just amazing. It fits right in with everything I've been listening to lately. I've been...

post hype

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 08:44:26 PST

Vietnam - Welcome to My Room. I know that if you're the kind of person who reads this site, by now you've probably heard a ton about this band. The truth is I've been sitting on this track for a few months because I'm conflicted--not about the band, they're great--but about what to do when I've got something to post I'm excited about when the album won't actually be available for weeks, if not months. I still haven't made up my mind but I thought on this one I'd wait til the album was actually out and available. So now...

Meet Me in the Middle

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 08:23:01 PST

A Passing Feeling - Red Gold. Somehow A Passing Feeling was able to squeeze this record in under my radar, despite the fact that I wore out their EP and played phone tag with these guys for ages (and ultimately missed their only LA show! Sorry dudes!). The point is, I love this band, and I love their new record. It came out back in November, if you can believe it, on this high quality hand-screened package. I think it was a short run of 150. They've just got a great energy, writing sick pop songs. They're not snotty punks,...

The Fünk

Wed, 24 Jan 2007 14:15:31 PST

Spacek - 1st Stroke (Funkstörung Remix) I've been a big fan of Funkstörung ever since I first heard their remix album, 1999's Additional Productions. Their remixes of Björk's "All Is Full Of Love" and East Flatbush Project's "Tried By 12" totally blew my mind. Clicks and whirs, blasts of low-end bass, and grinding, crunching beats, but always coupled with beautiful melodies, Funkstörung's remixes felt like the next step in the logical progression of Aphex Twin, hip-hop, and young Germans fascinated with heavy machinery and computer technology. Some of you who are fans probably already know this, but I'll still...

The Devil's Music

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 09:25:49 PST

Black Devil Disco Club - The Devil In Us I love it when something like this comes along. Do you remember a few years back, when the Rephlex label put out a couple of records by someone called Black Devil? They were shrouded in mystery, and there was little word on whether or not it was new music, or if it was actual late-period italo disco - judging from the sound of it alone, it really could have gone either way. Well, as it turned out, Black Devil was in fact authentic - from their bio, "Originally released in...

I know I've told you these things before

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 05:56:37 PST

Oh sweet '80s pop, will you save me from Tuesday? I think it's entirely likely. Just take a listen to this track by Brooklyn's My Teenage Stride. It's all catchy licks, sweet reverb, and steady beats. It sounds like the '80s in the best possible way. My Teenage Stride - Terror Bends. Some guitars, huh? I love it all. Then the bass runs during the "wait wait wait" section? Glorious! My Teenage Stride is primarily multi-instrumentalist Jedediah Smith (check out their MySpace page for hilariously adorable pictures of Smith during his formative years), with lots of help from Brett Whitmoyer,...

Skaters are pretty

Mon, 22 Jan 2007 06:36:30 PST

Tommy Guerrero - Salve Tommy. Guerrero. What a rap sheet this (growed up) kid has: 80's skateboarding star, skate label co-founder, deck art director for Krooked boards, and oh yeah, dude makes music too. To the tune of collaborations with Lyrics Born and Prefuse 73; amazing remixes for personal favorites Poets of Rhythm and Money Mark. Quannum signed him up for his recent full-length project From the Soil to the Soul, which you can download at eMusic for free if you choose, or also find it on iTunes if you swing that way. This track features labelmate Curumin doing...

So very D*I*R*T*Y...

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:00:46 PST

Pilooski - for mutant children only (exclusive mix) Pilooski is closely tied to the crew over at D*I*R*T*Y, the legendary Parisian website. They've been around for years now, collecting various music and ephemera content, and have a ton of articles, interviews, photos, wallpapers, videos, and, of particular interest to many who read MFR, incredible DJ mixes. Everything from Chromeo to Air to TTC to Four Tet - eclectic to the max. Pilooski is the madman behind the DIRTY Edits series, which has been supported by loads of influential DJs, like Erol Alkan, Tim Sweeney, Joakim, and Optimo - have...

I Have A Message For You

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 13:23:12 PST

Mae Shi - Forecasting (Double Beta Demo). First things first: Mae Shi are playing a show in Los Angeles on Saturday. They're playing at GroundZero Coffeehouse, which is on the USC Campus. It is a free show. The all ages show starts at 8, and Mae Shi go on last. They have an all new show, which features costume changes and perhaps some choreography. Their previous shows were fucking amazing, so I can only imagine that the new incarnation will be spectacular. I am definitely going, so you should all come too. So, the track here is off their upcoming...