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THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Steely Dan – Do It Again

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You go back, Jack, do it again. Track numero uno from the godlike Can’t Buy a Thrill LP.

Steely Dan – Do It Again

Steely Dan: (Official) (Myspace)

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04-30-11

Foster The People – Houdini (RAC Mix)

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Remix Artist Collective add their touch to the Foster The People favorite. This one’s for the weekend. Get into it!!

Foster The People – Houdini (RAC Mix)

Foster The People: (Official)
RAC: (Facebook)

Rating: 8.6
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04-29-11

Explosions in the Sky – Last Known Surroundings

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Explosions in the Sky continue to make great music. And you’d think, that with an understanding of the dynamics this band is so well capable of, that their thrills may start to feel redundant. Not to us – “Last Known Surroundings” is the lead track from their latest LP, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, and it showcases all the ideas, patience and musical instincts that make this band and their sound so genuine. Not to mention they put on a live show you’ll never forget.


Explosions in the Sky – Last Known Surroundings

Explosions in the Sky: (Official) (Purchase)

Rating: 8.4
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04-29-11

Jamie Woon – Shoulda

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Jamie Woon keeps things smooth with “Shoulda”. Check that bass line at the break and just imagine the coolest elevator ride you may ever have.

Jamie Woon – Shoulda

Jamie Woon: (Purchase) (Info)

Rating: 8.1
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04-29-11

Moby – Lie Down In Darkness

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“Lie Down In Darkness” is previewed from Moby’s forthcoming and tenth studio LP, Destroyed, expected May 16 via Mute Records. With lush textures and its “Natural Blues” like aesthetic, the song evokes an emotive sound that could only from Moby.

Moby – Lie Down In Darkness

Moby: (Myspace) (Pre-order Destroyed)

Rating: 8.3
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04-29-11

TICKET GIVEAWAY: A-Trak @ Royale Nightclub, Boston, 05/02/11

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Indie-electro superstar A-Trak will be headlining the Royale Nightclub in Boston this Monday, May 2 and you can be there! b3sci is giving away 2 free passes to show! All you gotta do is hit our email with your contact info and you’ll be entered to win. We’ll announce the winner on Sunday Night. A-Trak is one of the most hype names in the Electro game right now. “Barbra Streisand”, “Ray Ban Vision”, that sick “Heads Will Roll Remix”, you want to be there!

A-Trak:(Buy Tickets) (Official) (Twitter)

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04-29-11

RAVE’S FAVES: The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome to Your Wedding Day

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Contributed by Bruce Rave

The Airborne Toxic Event just conducted a clinic on how to avoid a sophomore slump. They’ve evolved, but not so much that they sacrificed their base. This album sounds bigger and they’re already had airplay success with their “Changing” song. The band decided to explore deeper topics this time around, after band members lost loved ones and had sick parents. “Welcome to Your Wedding Day” has nothing to do with the big day in the UK. It’s a killer tune that condemns drone bombing.

The Airborne Toxic Event – Welcome to Your Wedding Day

The Airborne Toxic Event: (Official) (Myspace)

Catch Bruce on Moheak Radio Fridays 1-3pm PST

Rating: 8.1

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04-28-11

Toni Braxton – He Wasn’t Man Enough (JOTY Michael Jackson World Remix)

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Normally, we’d save something like this for a Saturday but a mix like this just ends up burning a hole in your digital pocket. You just need to let that wallet free and spend that shit. Put down those dollars. So we’re waving our benjamins around, throwin ’em down, with this crazy good Toni Braxton/Michael Jackson mix. Done in 2002 by Belgian producer JOTY, the mash of Rodney Jerkins-produced tracks works on so many levels. It’s almost not fair. And like we’re not really the biggest mashup fans either. But damn, if this isn’t the coolest song Darkchild never produced, but probably should’ve.

Toni Braxton – He Wasn’t Man Enough (JOTY Michael Jackson World Remix)

JOTY: (YouTube)

Rating: 8.8

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04-28-11

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Freemun Remix)

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I know that photo looks like the oft-behelmeted French dudes from Daft Punk, but this photo, actually, was shot just today outside b3sci HQ. We were caught on camera! Pretty sick helmets right? We think so. p.s. Yes we do have a scale model of the Eiffel Tower outside the offices. p.p.s. This mix totally rips.

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Freemun Remix)

Freemun: (Myspace) (Facebook)

Rating: 8.0

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04-28-11

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Solomun Edit)

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Now what we gonna do right here is we gonna smooth it out.

Jamie Woon – Night Air (Solomun Edit)

Solomun: (Myspace) (Soundcloud)

Rating: 7.9

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04-28-11

Brother / Useless Keys, Live @ The Satellite, Los Angeles 04/26/11

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Contributed by Christopher Gedos

Brother and Useless Keys played The Satellite Tuesday night to roughly 110 people. Airborne Toxic Event played here Monday night to a sold out crowd (check out August Brown’s thorough review here). I’m afraid many concert-goers were too burnt out for double duty. Moreover, Brother only has 3 (or 4) songs online at the moment, which I’m sure factored into the modest turnout. But those in attendance were generously rewarded for their curiosity with a playfully confident 45 minute performance.

I arrived about two songs into Useless Keys’ post-psychedelic performance. I didn’t even know it was them for another three songs. I had to ask the girls at the merch table. I mean it in the best possible way when I say that Useless Keys are all over the place sonically. It’s fun seeing a band this talented still trying to define their sound. Or maybe they don’t want to be defined. The volume is near-deafening as fog envelops the stage. Everybody digs the paranoiac ambiance. Their sound is schizophrenic: Replacements on roids, My Bloody Valentine at prom, Nirvana in LaLa land, early Pink Floyd meets Trout Mask Replica. Only through the marriage of cacophony will such eccentric euphony ever ferment.

Brother hasn’t basked in the “second coming” musical deification bestowed upon The Vaccines and WU LYF, possibly because they’re from Slough as opposed to London or Manchester. Their self-described style, grit-pop, isn’t quite as apt as WU LYF’s “heavy pop”. A more fitting branding for Brother is “hard-jangle”, in honor of XTC and The La’s.

As Brother prepares to take stage, I’m not quite sure what to expect. It’s a battle of cognition versus perception: I know the group to be a very promising foursome, but is my concert-going frequency having an adverse affect on the appreciation value? Am I becoming a part of the creative and jaded LA cross-section I’ve lamented in the past?

My doubt dissipates once Brother takes stage and launches into “Still Here”, which was featured in an April 9th post. The pitch-perfect harmonies have a tinge of adolescent abandon, as in, “We know we sound good and we still don’t give a fuck!” The singer mentions something about his guitar strap breaking and how “half a million people in England might care to know that right now.” (I’m paraphrasing.) I can forgive a healthy level of conceit for a band with this much talent. After all, Rock n’ Roll is a game designed for the young and the precocious, those who understand that each passing moment is the oldest we’ve ever been and the younger we’ll ever be. And Brother, with their charming blend of youthfulness and insouciance, perfectly captures that ineffable spirit.

The songs besides “Still Here”, “Darling Buds of May”, and “Time Machine” were catchy as well, but I’m still not sure if Brother will maintain the uniform quality of their initial public offerings. They could’ve played louder but I won’t nitpick. “Just download the album for free,” the singer quipped. I don’t know how happy Geffen will be if Brother dissuades CD purchases come July, but it doesn’t really matter if the lads from Slough deliver like they did at The Satellite on Tuesday. All interested parties will receive their spoils, creative and monetary, at year-end.

Brother – New Year’s Day

Brother: (Official) (Myspace)

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RATING: 8.88 – A score suggesting great auspiciousness, even infinity.
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04-28-11

Theo Martins – Up & Away (Prod. Vodka & Milk)

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Theo Martins, with an assist from blogverse favs Vodka & Milk, styles up another R&E (call it rhythm & electro, haha, see what we just did there?) keeper with “Up & Away”. Do like us and spin this uptempo synth-laden track (and it’s accompanying nice look vid) and let the feel good vibes free flow in. 3-2-1…….

Theo Martins – Up & Away

Theo Martins: (Official) (Myspace) (Twitter)

Rating: 8.0

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04-27-11