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June 19, 2009

Mice ParadeMice Parade: An eclectic mix of world folk and jazzy post-rock sounds, this 2007 record is one of the best-blended between pop and experimental of the Mice Parade albums. Lots of nylon-string guitar chording over top of heavy, complex percussion gives this record a fantastic sound. There’s a lot going on here, but it’s put together so well it just comes off sounding very natural. There’s apparently a new Mice Parade record in the works, too.

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Glenn BrancaLesson No. 1: Branca’s statement of arrival in 1980 and the first release for esteemed early eighties New York label 99 Records. The title track is such a propulsive, mesmerising piece. Awesome stuff, still today. The CD reissue that Acute did a few years ago contains the two tracks from the original 12″ (“Lesson No. 1 For Electric Guitar” and “Dissonance”) plus “Bad Smells,” a piece that was composed for a dance performance, released originally in 1982. This is influential stuff, but often indirectly so.

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