Here are all of laerm's jams.
by Depeche Mode
I remember the first time I listened to ULTRA. Fans already had BOAG, so when we first heard the album, people probably first thought one of two things upon hearing this one: "DM without Alan is definitely different," or "holy crap, Dave sounds amazing." I was the latter (believe it or not).
Jammed: 24th Apr 2015
by Front Line Assembly
Okay, yeah, but Hard Wired has such amazing production. Check: the doofy little synth line at ~00:20, both of the basslines (bouncy one and big deep rumble), random little samples woven into the percussion...
Jammed: 10th Apr 2015
A good live recording has a lot of audible crowd, and the crowd is heartily singing along. Here is a fine example. (It's also one of my favorite songs auf Deutsch, so that helps.)
Jammed: 25th Mar 2015
I never listened to HTRK before today. This was the first track I heard. Needless to say, I immediately altered the afternoon's playlist to listen to more of them.
Jammed: 2nd Mar 2015
by Johan Agebjörn
This brand-new one is pretty interesting. Lazy description: Vangelis or Tomita covering Dead Can Dance?
Jammed: 30th Jan 2015
by Azar Swan
I don't think my peoples have had a lot to say about this album this year. A shame, it's a good one. It'll hit my year-end best list. I'll be shorthand/reductive: Kate Bush produced by Nitzer Ebb?
Jammed: 19th Dec 2014
Definitely one of my favorite obscure early '90s electronic projects, and a Girls Under Glass side-project to boot. A little Kraftwerk, a little Hacker-era Clock DVA, some Tangerine Dream, and maybe a little Gary Numan, too. Here's a track from the first album (the far better second one being scarce on youtube, sadly).
Jammed: 11th Dec 2014
by Pet Shop Boys
15 years ago, a few weeks from now, I saw the Pet Shop Boys for the first time. I can't think of anything sufficiently hyperbolic as to its importance.
Jammed: 24th Oct 2014
by Dead Can Dance
It's pretty unusual that I think a song is cheesy for the first 15 years of its existence and then it suddenly acquires deep, weighty meaning for me. This may be the only time it ever happened.
Jammed: 30th Sep 2014
One of the things that makes Haujobb great is that they have a techno acts understanding of tension and release. The break at the halfway point seems like it's going to explode when the beat comes back, but...not quite. Instead that synth line just keeps percolating, teasing...when will it blow up? Ah, here come the vocals again and...pop.
Jammed: 24th Sep 2014
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