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Bob Rogue – Dependency Tendency (Rennie Foster Remix) (2015)

Wow! Found this on Gregor Soundhome’s Detroit Techno 2016 mix. Bob Rogue is a Tokyo-based producer, while Rennie Foster is a Canadian producer who also runs the label RF. RF put out this track on the 2015 record Selektwerk v2. Detroit Techno is often described as “futuristic and cold”, while Magnetic Mag described it as “the sound of a city in decay and drifting in outer space.” This track checks all those boxes, and more. The synth lead is both dissonant and melodic, and the track swerves in and out of its own echoes like a ghost Cadillac that just rolled off a phantom assembly line. The slowly-disintegrating delay effect fully embodies the “decay” aesthetic of Detroit techno. It would be a trip to drop this at a Packard Plant rave in like 1988.

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Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance (1980)

This video is bonkers, and very 1980. This must have been Daft Punk’s inspiration for the pyramids / Human After All-era maximum VHS saturation. Even though the previous statement was made in jest, maybe there’s a nugget of truthanity in it. Anyways, I wound up on this video while reading about pulse wave generation on Wikipedia… basically it’s just a bunch of square waves sent down the pipe at regular intervals. “Acoustically, the rectangular wave has been described variously as having a narrow/thin, nasal/buzzy/biting, clear, resonant, rich, round and bright sound. Pulse waves are used in many Steve Winwood songs, such as ‘While You See a Chance.'” In this case I think they’re referring to the solo / lead synth on the track, which is doing a sort of Banjo Kazooie reed / General MIDI saxaphone lick. Overall the song is very thrift store ambiance. The video has nothing to do with the song itself, unless somersalting toward an abstract pyramid as a featureless humanoid is the visual representation of “[seeing] a chance and [taking] it.” I think “Valerie” is probably Steve Winwood’s most popular song. I wonder if there’s anything besides thrift store music in his catalog. Like, what if the first Steve Winwood record was a crossover thrash record. I also wonder if “Call On Me” by Eric Prydz is more well-known than “Valerie” upon which it’s based. I just checked this blog entry’s pulse and it’s gone cold, so time to wrap it up. By the way, the previous sentence contained a comical self-referential callback via ‘pulse’ to earlier in this post/article, where I was talking about pulse waves. “They don’t make music like this any more.” Yes they do. #Hilarity #Comedy #SEO #Cloud #CloudBasedMusic #Streaming #StreamingCloud #Clowd #ScreamingClown #Fun #Circus #CircusGifts #GiftsForCircus

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Steely Dan – King of the World (Live 1974)

This is a blistering, ferociously fast rendition of Steely Dan’s post-apocalyptic prog-pop epic. The guitar solo at the end gets so intense it feels like reality is imploding in the best possible way. This is Dan at their (his) Steeliest. I feel kind of bad being able to listen to this track for free on the internet, feels like I’m steelying. “Steely Dan.” – Steely Dan

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Thomas Bangalter – Outrun (1995)


I still think it’s funny that Thomas Bangalter’s name contains the key string ‘bang.’ ‘Banger’ has become a somewhat popular term to describe a song that hits super hard, i.e. has an aggressive beat and impactful / punchy sound, typically used in the context of electronic dance music. This track is a banger, produced by perhaps the reigning king of bangers. Bangers. Bang!

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The Zakary Thaks – Bad Girl (1966)

Proto-hardcore? Maybe proto-proto-hardcore, but the tempo and simple chord shredding / guitar breaks are all there.

Bonus: Obscure mid-80s hardcore


Rad middle ground between Minor Threat and Dag Nasty, featuring none other than Dave Grohl on drums.

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Thank you Dave Bunting for sharing this one with me. Disregard the ‘sexi EDM lady’ image, this track rules. It makes me want to pump iron in a gym where everyone (including myself) has a greasy 1987-style curly-hair mullet.

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D.R.I. – Hooked (1987)

The mystery of the origin/inspiration for “At Doom’s Gate,” also known as E1M1 of DooM (the 1993 first-person shooter), gets more encrunked. Didn’t expect DRI to get roped into this. One time I was listening to DRI’s “Dealing With It!” (1985) in my apartment alone, started moshing much like the DRI logo character, and kneed myself directly in the face. It caused a black eye. DRI is dangerous music and I should be euthanized for the good of society.

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Grauzone – Eisbaer (1980)

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Obstruction – Demo (2016)

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Headsplitters – Unjust Cycle (2017)