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PHOTO: Dave Grohl in concert

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: A CERTAIN RATIO - "Forced Laugh"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: A CERTAIN RATIO – “Forced Laugh”.

 

Song taken from A Certain Ratio’s debut album, To Each… (1981).

 

The group dropped much of the bleak dance-punk of early material in place of what sounds like a shallow attempt to seize the baton dropped by gloom giants Joy Division after the death of Ian Curtis. Though Simon Topping’s trumpet work occasionally lifts To Each… over the crop of contemporary synth-popsters, the album is a bit too mired in its own misery to make an impression on listeners.

 

A Certain Ratio are a post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are sometimes referred to as “post punk funk”. The band’s name is taken from the lyrics of Brian Eno’s song “The True Wheel” from the album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).

 

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A Certain Ratio

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UNDER THE RADAR: KING KRULE - "A Lizard State"

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UNDER THE RADAR: KING KRULE – “A Lizard State”.

 

King Krule video for “A Lizard State”, from the album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon (2013).

 

The black-and-white clip, directed by Jamie-James Medina, finds him standing horizontally on the walls and playing guitar in a suit. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s film Dial M for Murder, the video kicks off with a clip from “Hitchcock Presents”.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: KILLING JOKE - "Love Like Blood"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: KILLING JOKE – “Love Like Blood”.

 

Killing Joke practiced a rare combination of pop melodicism, punk-metal aggression, and dance music groove long before other artists formed similar amalgams.

 

While there were melodic punk- and metal-edged bands, and smarter dance-synth pop, Killing Joke seamlessly mixed all of it and sounded unlike anyone else. “Love Like Blood” was a breakthrough on modern dance charts, with guitars right out of metal and chant-like vocals gleaned from punk rock, post-punk, and goth rock. Singer Jaz Coleman was not averse to making bold social and political statements over the gloomy music, even if some listeners were too carried away by the song’s groove to even bother to listen to the words, never mind think about them.

 

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SONG of the DAY: FISHLIGHTS - “Desprender”

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SONG of the DAY: FISHLIGHTS – “Desprender”.

 

Bioluminescent dream pop to soundtrack subaquatic adventures.

Origin: Mexico City.

 

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The Jesus and Mary Chain

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JOY DIVISION by Anton Corbijn

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Johnny Marr with Morrissey in the distance behind the door

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Photo: Johnny Marr with Morrissey in the distance behind the door.

 

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Frank Tovey is Fad Gadget

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LIVE SESSION: TEMPLES - "Keep In The Dark" (Live) DSCVR ONES TO WATCH 2014

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LIVE SESSION: TEMPLES – “Keep In The Dark” (Live) DSCVR ONES TO WATCH 2014.

 

Temples – “Keep In The Dark” an exclusive live performance for VEVO DSCVR Ones To Watch 2014.

 

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THE CRAMPS

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UNDER THE RADAR: SPOON - ""Inside Out"

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UNDER THE RADAR: SPOON – “Inside Out”.

 

The Austin group released the video for “Inside Out”, a dreamy and gorgeous little downtempo song off of their new album They Want My Soul (August 5, 2014) on Loma Vista Recordings.

 

It comes with an unsettling, melting visual edited by Mau Morgó and featuring photos by Todd Baxter.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN - "The Cutter"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN – “The Cutter”.

 

On ”The Cutter” fellow Liverpool natives, Echo and The Bunnymen successfully wed the Eastern influenced psychedelic sounds made famous by hometown heroes, The Beatles.

 

Crafting Eastern influences into a new post-punk hybrid that was sweeping England in the Early 80’s. It was songs like ”The Cutter” that would help define the newly coined Neo-psychedelic sub-genre.

 

The track opens with a keyboard approximation of Indian strings, whirring briefly before the band kicks into a percolating groove of popping bass, driving straight drums and chinking guitar accents. Ian McCulloch adds another layer of ’60 nostalgia, employing his expressive, slack-jawed vocal delivery that conjures aural images of the late Jim Morrison as he unfurls lines that drip with apprehension “Who’s on the seventh floor? / Brewing alternatives / What’s in the bottom drawer? / Waiting for things to give”.

 

The Eastern strings re-enter at strategic points, filling in space between verses and McCulloch’s esoteric pleas to “spare us the cutter!”.

A nod is in order for Ian Broudie, who’s smooth production helped The Cutter become Echo and The Bunnymen’s first top ten single in Britain and a linchpin track for the Neo-psychedelic movement.

 

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The Slits

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Patti Smith by Bob Gruen in NY

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Nina Hagen

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Killing Joke, 1982

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - "Cracking Up"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: JESUS AND MARY CHAIN – “Cracking Up”.

 

“Cracking Up” from Jesus and Mary Chain’s 6/8/1998 album, Munki.

 

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Sub Pop label debut, Munki, is schizophrenic and impassioned, a record that both summarizes the band’s career to date and cleans the slate for their future. Virtually each of the 17 tracks here echoes a prior moment in the Chain’s existence, moving at breakneck pace from the volcanic noise of their earliest material to the bleak grace of Darklands, through to the sleek, supercharged pop of Automatic.

 

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The Cramps

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LIVE SESSION: THE SPECIALS with AMY WINEHOUSE - "You're Wondering Now" & "Ghost Town"

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LIVE SESSION: THE SPECIALS with AMY WINEHOUSE – “You’re Wondering Now” & “Ghost Town”.

 

The Specials with Amy Winehouse performing “You’re Wondering Now” & “Ghost Town” at V Festival Hylands Park, Chelmsford U.K (2009-08-22).

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: FAD GADGET - "Life on The Line"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: FAD GADGET – “Life on The Line”.

 

Song taken from the album Under the Flag, released in 1982.

 

Francis John “Frank” Tovey, known also by his stage name Fad Gadget, was a British avant-garde electronic musician and vocalist. He was a proponent of both new wave and early industrial music, fusing together a unique blend of pop structured songs mixed with mechanized experimentation.

 

As Fad Gadget, his music was characterized by the use of synthesisers in conjunction with sounds of found objects, including drills and electric razors. His bleak, sarcastic and darkly humorous lyrics, often layered with biting social commentary toward subjects such as machinery, industrialization, consumerism, human sexuality, mass media, religion and domestic violence, were sung in a droning, often expressionless voice. 

 

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SONG of the DAY: THE WHIGS - “Staying Alive”

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SONG of the DAY: THE WHIGS – “Staying Alive”.

 

Celebratory rock and roll fueled by the rhythms of the road.

Origin: Athens, Georgia.

 

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The Cure

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Jack White

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Will Sergeant and Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen

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Photo: Will Sergeant  and Ian McCulloch from Echo and the Bunnymen.

 

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