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Monday, October 05, 2015

My (Second) Duke Dumont Interview

I absolutely love Duke Dumont's brand of house music. And having spoken with him twice now for interviews on Idolator, I can say he's one of the smartest, and most down to earth, artists/producers in the game right now.

His new EP, Blasé Boys Club, Pt. 1, was released this past Friday (October 2). He's also on tour in the States through the rest of the month. You can catch my latest chat with him here, and the previous one I did with him last October here.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

'The X-Files' 2016 Series Extended Trailer: I Think Someone Needs To Hold Me

Any longtime reader of Chart Rigger will remember that I'm a diehard X-phile. (See, for instance, this rather brilliant post I did back in 2007.) And so this week's reveal of the extended, two-minute trailer for January's upcoming six-episode revival series of Fox's The X-Files has me astral-projecting my D sauce all over the walls. (Sorry, Yolanda — I'll tip you an extra fiver to scrub that trash on your next visit.)

I watched the series during its original run here and there throughout the '90s — mostly Seasons 3 (1995) through 8 (2000). Then I re-watched every single episode on DVD in 2007 between February and October that year, averaging about a season a month.

I've now been re-re-watching all the episodes since July, and I'm halfway through Season 4. Scully's about to find out she has cancer. Shit's about to get deep.

Anyway, roll on January 24, 2016!


Big Black Delta Featuring Debbie Gibson, "RCVR": You're Going To Thank Me For This One

Out of the ether (or, perhaps more appropriately, out of the blue), Big Black Delta premiered band new track "RCVR" today over at Stereogum, and the song features the woman BBD (aka James Bates) calls his hero as a duet partner: Debbie Gibson.

No joke, this song is synth-pop drama frenzy heaven, and you should drop to your knees and start gumming Big Black Delta's monster knob for recording this. And Deb's left tit.

There's a PledgeMusic page set up to help fund BBD's upcoming album (due out early in 2016), and one of the items up for grabs is a limited edition 7" of "RCVR." Grab it before I do, you little bitch.

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JoJo's "When Love Hurts": Watch The Video For One Of The Year's Classiest Jams

Now, usually when love hurts, it's because someone jammed their D up the wrong entrata or uscita, kids — without using spit. But in JoJo's case, she's referring to the pain of two people at odds in their relationship here on "When Love Hurts," the main single off her, um, #tringle, III.

Now, the video looks like it was made for six bucks and a pack of Tic Tacs that were used to bribed the night guard down at the recycling center, so he'd let JoJo and her friends pile in and vogue in front of two cameras and a wind machine for an hour.

BUT NO MATTER! This '90s throwback jam is the best major-label thing JoJo's done in years! Well, okay, it's the only major-label thing she's done in nine years. But anyway...