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Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep

Here’s an *excellent* primer on the history of Dubstep from Joseph Lately over at The Verge. The story touches on all the key points (Croydon, pirates, MAH, cheap software) and includes interviews with British and American producers and thinkers. There is a Soundcloud mix of some of the big songs (and some non-obvious) so you can listen along. Highly recommended reading and likely to become a touchstone in journalism about dubstep. Beyond lies the wub: a history of dubstep |…


Hear the whole SBTRKT album now!

One of my most looked-forward-to albums this year: From the record label hype: sbtrkt’s debut album pulls off a series of impressive feats: it’s bursting with fresh ideas, and yet it sounds immediately familiar. it’s sound-patterns and rhythms can easily soundtrack the ecstatic hands in the air dance floor moments as well as reliving the monotony of the morning commute. its influences are incorporated with subtlety and sophistication: dense enough to interpret, light enough to dance to. while he has…



That other list is out

That other list is out LPs 1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Domino 2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Glassnote 3. Neko Case – Middle Cyclone – Anti 4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz! – DGC/Interscope 5. Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca – Domino 6. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest – Warp 7. The xx – xx – Young Turks 8. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Part II – Ice H2O/EMI 9. The Flaming Lips –…


NPR, NME (also P4k, Paste, Uncut) release “Best Albums of the ’00s” – Reliably, predicatably, play to own audiences

NPR: An important distinction: We’re not looking for everyone’s favorite albums or songs, but rather ones that had some sort of historical significance. These are the game-changers — ones that signaled some sort of shift in music, or ones that were particularly influential in some way. We’re looking for the albums and singles people will still buy, share, listen to and talk about for years or decades to come.” NPR: The Decade’s 50 Most Important Recordings is the plain, unadorned,…


One nation under a Moog.

Simon Reynolds in The Guardian on the development of synth pop (in the UK in particular) Takes in quite a bit for a mainstream pub: One nation under a Moog | Music | The Guardian (Reynolds often publishes the uncut version on his site later. Share


Latest Odds on Winner of Mercury Music Prize

The Mercury Music Prize is a “prestigious” prize awarded to an album made by a British or Irish act in the previous year. Current top 5: Florence And The Machine 5.00 Lily Allen 6.00 Bat For Lashes 8.00 Doves 8.00 Little Boots 8.00 I’m a little surprised by Lily Allen and Doves being so high up. Their stars had seemed to be declining. Florence and Doves apparently benefited from well-received performances at Glastonbury (despite the prize being awarded “solely on…


Steven Wells Says Goodbye

RIP Swells – He was equally annoying and entertaining, and never pulled punches. His takedowns of pompous and self important NME faves were always worth reading.   Steven Wells Says Goodbye (Philadelphia Weely) Share