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Brooklynite industrial noise-punk outfit Pop. 1280’s prime movers, Chris Burg and Ivan Lip, dropped dead weight and recruited a new lineup for their second album. It’s not what you might call family-friendly fare. ... unless your family is obsessed with serial killers and sexual deviancy. This is a darker Pop. 1280, delving into terrific, horrorshow themes, depravity and, yes, perversion and fully embracing a sort of Dead Kennedys meets The Cramps meets The Jesus Lizard meets Carpenterian synth meets the-
NYC electronic duo Blondes proffers their second full-length, Swisher, and it’s a rad house record. (Typing that last sentence filled me with a powerful sense of cognitive dissonance.) IDM, EDM, house, techno: It’s never been my thing. But apparently my hardened post-punk, rock and roll heart has softened to the genre over the last few years. Discovering labels like RVNG Intl. and L.I.E.S. Records certainly didn’t hurt. In genre terms, this nine-track EDM treat is relatively minimal, but there’s a graceful, subtle authenticity to it. Swisher would make a superlative black-light dance party soundtrack. “Clasp” and “Wire” are particular standouts.
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Erika Wennerstrom • singer-