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Results tagged “Astralwerks” from Rockin' Roll Call

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Swedish House Mafia - Until Now

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Until Now

The latest from Swedish House Mafia is "Until Now" and it's on Astralwerks. Electronic dance super group is a bunch of machines and three button pushers pushing buttons on 22 same sounding propulsive rockers - some have vocals, some do not. I can not for the life of me tell one song from another but my feet like it, thus, so does the rest of me. Monster mechanical jams that have the potential to incite the toaster and the mircowave to start a min-mosh pit in the kitchen.

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Eric Prydz - Eric Prydz Presents Pryda

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Eric Prydz is a Swedish DJ - his new one is "Eric Prydz Presents Pryda" and it's on techno-friendly Astralwerks. One of my old girlfriends used to call this stuff "ant music," but it reminds me of middle school science class when we were studying the heart and circulation and all the blood cells were whizzing through the capillaries like bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 405 during rush hour, except they were moving at a brisk pace. The songs are fairly interchangeable - but this happens when your friends are machines but "SW4" (probably not a Terminator) rocks most memorably. EP would certainly have one of the tent venues at Coachella getting all jumpy in short order but I have a recurring question about these DJs. You usually only see the top half of them as they're surrounded by tons of gear - how do we know that's all not just stage props and they're just pressing "Play"?

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Goldfrapp - Goldfrapp

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The new Goldfrapp is self-titled and it's another Astralwerks release. This is an electro-pop duo out of Scary Olde with Alison G, the voice, who dabbles mechanically and Will Gregory the master of the music machines. "Back in 1932, I invented the boogie," John Lee Hooker used to say in his just-the-facts way. That memorable beat later adopted by Bo Diddley became that same riff from Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" from those silly '60s to "Fried Hockey Boogie" from Canned Heat and so on - all those songs that gave your feet a direct order. And so it goes with the first song on this one, "Ooh La La." Miss G has that super sexy, whispery voice so intense, she could make a statue of J. Edgar Hoover sweat. However, now and again Miss G. slips into Firesign Theatre world and that dreaded "gas music from Jupiter" motif as on "Beautiful Head" and "Utopia" (which would really suck if this were the soundtrack) but usually it's some weirdly alluring techno pop with steamy vocals and now again, they resurrect that boogie beat. All right, then...

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Morning Parade - The Hated & The Loved

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The Hated and the Loved

Morning Parade has a new EP - that would be "The Hated & The Loved" on Astralwerks. Somewhere there's a factory cranking out these upbeat electro pop bands, fronted by pretty boys singing perfectly, fully as dangerous as whistling in the backyard and not even scary to a Republican mom. Steve Sparrow and Phil Titus sound like so many others, but they sound good, so there's that. This 4-song effort contains their two biggies, "Us & Ourselves" and "Headlights."

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Nervo - We're All No One

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We're All No One

The latest from Nervo featuring Afrojack and Steve Aoki could be a contender for the Nihilist National Anthem if they cared enough to select one - anyway, it's "We're All No One" and it's on Astralwerks. I superficially glanced at the six song titles, and figured, "OK, it's an EP," but as I drove around listening to this one, it became strangely repetitive and familiar, and why not? It's six versions of the same song. Don't expect any term papers on the significance of the lyrics - the title pretty much says it all about this bouncy, dancey pop song. It's OK. The nihilists totter on the verge of indifference, as they should.

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Bill Locey reviews music for the Ventura County Star, when he isn't reenacting the history of this great nation or teaching it to incarcerated youth.
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