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There has been some great music washing ashore as summer gets into full swing. Click past the jump and you’ll find the best of these fresh tunes to add to your playlist.

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My good friend Alex Holmes recently started working as a reviewer for the much-esteemed music and culture magazine Vice. From time to time I’ll be directing your attention to his reviews on as he’s got an excellent taste in music and sharp writing skills.

This time he turns his attention to Andrew Bird‘s latest release, Break it Yourself, which he gives a big smiley face and describes as a “great album for lying back on a red velvet chaise lounge while a nymph lowers a bunch of Concord grapes into your mouth.”

I don’t have a red velvet chaise or a nymph handy. Maybe this deserves a post on Craigslist?

Full review here:

Great job, Holmes!

I have looked longingly at the picture above everyday since balloons dropped from the ceiling at Madison Square Garden to close out LCD Soundsystem‘s last live show. What a night.

But the death of LCD did not mean the death of James Murphy, of course, who now at just a shade over 42 recently caught up with Pitchfork to talk about the last 10 months and what’s in store for the future. Find a link past the jump.

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When my brother’s not not writing professional articles for a world-leading energy industry publication, he uses his skill and command of the English language to write really interesting articles about music. This week he joined millions of others around the world to watch an online screening of ‘Don’t Think’, the new concert movie based on The Chemical Brothers’ famed live act, and took some time to put his thoughts down on paper. He is letting me publish it here. Click past the jump to read more.

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Todd Martens of the LA Times recently wrote a piece covering the changes Billboard is making to their album charts to account for the deeply discounted sales increasingly found on Amazon and Google. In short, albums that are sold for less than $3.49 will not be counted toward total sales. You’re probably thinking, so what?

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My good friend Alex Holmes recently started working as a reviewer for the much-esteemed music and culture magazine Vice. From time to time I’ll be directing your attention to his reviews on as he’s got an excellent taste in music and sharp writing skills.

For his first review, he gives a big barf face to Craig Finn‘s new album Clear Heart Full Eyes.

Great line: “If your favorite parts of Finn’s band the Hold Steady included … a lot of syllables squeezed into too little musical breathing room, then celebrate, for the savior hath come!”

Read the full review a little past the halfway down mark at this link.

Still from Pépito Bleu (Teaser)

It will be four years this February since Frenchman Sébastian Tellier released “Sexuality”, a generally well-received album that features some premium production from none other than Guy-Manuel of Daft Punk. I still find myself cranking up the opening synth stabs from the single “Kilometer” and head-bobbing to the rolling R&B bass line in “Pomme”. Since then it seems Tellier has turned his focus from feelings below the waist to those of the spirit.

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Screenshot from my DAW

I have a new found appreciation for producers. After spending a week and a half cutting, mixing, fading, enveloping, filtering and layering samples over and over again until I thought I would go deaf and dumb, I have finally posted my first-ever remix into the DFA “How Deep Is Your Love?” Remix Contest.

Even though they gave us the bits and pieces to start with, arranging them and changing them into something that sounds like a somewhat decent song has not been easy. With that said, it is really quite amazing how much you can do with a laptop and very little musical talent. And no, I’m not talking about Skrillex.

Check it out and let me know what you think. Also be sure to check out the other entries by going to the group page for the contest.

My remix here:

Also, here is a list of my equipment:

Workstation: Apple MacBook Pro 17″
DAW: Ableton Live 7
VSTs: Moog Modular V

Image via Stereogum

I was pretty skeptical when news first broke that there was going to be a Hollywood adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Would Daniel Craig be the right actor to cast in the role of an aging, out-of-shape Swedish journalist? Will the screenwriters soften Lisbeth’s character so as to not offend conservative American audiences? Judging by how good the trailers are, we have reason to look forward to both the film and the original soundtrack.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser and check out the cover from Trent Reznor and Karen O.

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Back at the beginning of November famed DJ and producer Morgan Geist made a long-awaited appearance on Tim Sweeney’s NYU radio show Beats in Space. Beyond the great selection of new and old music, it’s a good listen for the commentary we get from Geist at the beginning of the set – particularly how he feels about Pitchfork giving his 2008 album Double Night Time a sub-par review and how his former project Metro Area got a little long in the tooth.

Give it a whirl at the link below if you want to lose yourself in an hour and a half of solid Detroit house.

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