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Tycho Awake

Tycho “Awake” – Album Review

Ghostly International (2014)

A man of many talents and of many guises, San Francisco native Scott Hansen has become the name to drop in the design world thanks to a series of sun-drenched visual works under the name of ISO50. But it’s his equally striking blend of melodic post-rock and ambient electro, recorded under the moniker of Tycho, for which he remains best-known. Having recruited guitarist Zac Brown and drummer Rory O’Connor to […]


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Marc Webb Will Make One More Spider-man Film, Then Depart

Marc Webb, the director of 500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-man and The Amazing Spider-man 2, has officially said that he’s not going to be returning for Amazing Spider-man 4. Sony’s web head franchise is gearing up to be churning out a Spidey movie every year or so, but the man who helped reboot it won’t be around to help. Recently, Webb made some comments on the topic. “I’d […]


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Amazing Spider-man Stills

The Spider-man reboot is chugging along. As such, Sony has released some new stills from the film. While I find it highly unlikely that the film will be able to match Sam Raimi’s Spider-man 2, I’m hopefully that we’ll get a half way decent film this time. Amazing Spider-man  was such a cobbled together nightmare of a film. The news that Sony and Marc Webb have two more Spider-man films […]


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Pop Rewind: Roxette “The Look”

Swedish pop duo Roxette is one of those acts who impacted the music of the U.S. for only a short time, but whose international reach went much farther. They only charted here with a few singles over a few years as the 80s’ melded into the 90’s, but in that brief window they helped define the sound of popular music during that time. Meanwhile, they had 19 Top-40 hits in […]


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New Order “Lost Sirens”: Album Review

Warner Bros (2013)

As one of the first bands to discover that dance music and guitars could work together in perfect harmony, Factory Records’ flagship act New Order were arguably one of the most innovative and influential acts of the late 80s/early 90s. But a series of underwhelming albums, not to mention the publicly acrimonious departure of bassist Peter Hook, since the turn of the century has slightly weakened their visionary reputation. Originally […]


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Introducing: CHVRCHES

Despite predictions that guitar bands will come back into fashion this year, undoubtedly those representing the electro scene turned out to be the most exciting nominees on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2013 long-list. Post-R&B duo AlunaGeorge, Toronto producer The Weeknd and Los Angeles rapper Angel Haze had already made at least a minor mark over the past 12 months, so inevitably, it was little-known Scottish trio CHVRCHES that provided […]


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The Prodigy: “The Fat Of The Land Expanded Edition Remixes”

XL Recordings (2012)

One of the most thrilling records of the 90s, The Prodigy’s third studio album, The Fat Of The Land, pretty much redefined dance music with its blend of break-beat, punk, electro, rock and techno whilst Keith Flint’s psychotic clown look gave an identity to a genre which was previously renowned for being completely faceless. A number one in both the UK and the US, it remains as vibrant and exciting […]