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Destroyer goes straight for the heart of rock ‘n’ roll on WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week

Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records
Dan Bejar | Destroyer | Photo by Fabiola Carranza via Merge Records.

Destroyer is a rock band from Vancouver, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Bejar. With a catalog of excellent indie rock records going back as far as the late 90s, the band’s last album, Kaputt – released in 2011 – was critically acclaimed. It was also Detroyer’s most cohesively pop and accessibly oriented albums, and it helped grew Bejar’s fan base for his incredible music. On August 28th, Destroyer releases its latest, Poison Season, on Merge Records. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “TV Set” by Spoon

Photo by Tom Hines
Photo by Tom Hines

Perhaps the most redeeming thing about the new remake of the horror film Poltergeist is the cover of The Cramps’ “TV Set” that Spoon contribute to the soundtrack. Originally recorded on The Cramps 1980 debut album Songs The Lord Taught Us (produced by Alex Chilton), Spoon put a bit of a spit shine on the dirty original by the rockabilly garage punk rockers from New York. Below, listen to Spoon’s cover, followed by the original from The Cramps. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Go” by The Chemical Brothers ft. Q-Tip

The Chemical Brothers | Photo by Hamish Brown
The Chemical Brothers | Photo by Hamish Brown

British electronic dance music pioneers The Chemical Brothers announced the release of their first new album in five years, Born In The Echoes.

In the mid 90s, the Chems – Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons – established themselves at the forefront of the electronic dance music scene (before “EDM” became an overused catch all phrase for any number of dance music genres), with the release of their debut, Exit Planet Dust. The album pre-dated several other important electronica releases in the Nineties including Fatboy Slim’s Better Living Through Chemistry in 1996, and Daft Punk’s debut Homework (1997).

What Public Enemy did for hip-hop, The Chemical Brothers did for electronic dance music. Through ingenious sampling, songwriting, and pure, high energy grooves and bombastic sounds, the Chemical Brothers broke through to become global superstars. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Unstoppable” by Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LianneLaHavas
Lianne La Havas | Photo via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LianneLaHavas

It’s been three years since the world discovered the incredible R&B sounds and talent singer and songwriter Lianne La Havas. From her intimate and stunning live shows to her 2012 acclaimed debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, La Havas, stole a lot of hearts and won a lot of fans around the world. Continue reading →