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2002: Loose Ends (Ben Tausig)


Ben Tausig discusses two things that occurred in 2002: The death of Alan Lomax and the Electroclash trend.

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A Day In The Life - Outkast and Magnetic Fields live in NYC


Dusted's Ben Tausig reviews a 7 a.m. Outkast show followed by a 7 p.m. Magnetic Fields show Friday in New York City.

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An Argument Against Year-End Lists


Dusted senior writer Ben Tausig explains why he hates the music industry’s favorite time of year.

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Bonnie Does Irving


Dusted's Ben Tausig witnesses a rambunctious Will Oldham on Jan. 29 at Irving Plaza in New York City

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Destined: Friends Forever


Dusted's Ben Tausig interviews Joshua Taylor of the world's best van band, Friends Forever.

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Destined: Julianna Barwick


Dusted’s Ben Tausig profiles Brooklyn experimental vocalist and Destined selection Julianna Barwick.

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Dusted Crossword #2: Of Noble Descent


Dusted's Ben Tausig brings you the second of our intermittently regular Dusted crossword puzzles.

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Dusted Crossword #3


Dusted's Ben Tausig brings you the second of our (very) intermittently regular Dusted crossword puzzles.

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Dusted Crossword #4: The JBs


Dusted's Ben Tausig returns with a crossword dedicated to the late James Brown.

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Dusted Crossword Puzzle #1


Dusted's Ben Tausig, a professional puzzle-maker in his spare time, contributes his first ever Dusted-appropriate crossword puzzle.

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Ethiopiques 17: Tlahoun Gessesse, 1970-1977 by Ben Tausig


Dusted's Ben Tausig reflects on the album that mattered the most to him in 2004.

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Face the Musician: Bombino’s Agadez


Face the Musician is based on the idea that discussion of an album shouldn’t end with its review, because there’s always more to say. So we invite the musician back — not to critique the review, but to talk about their work with the review as a conversation piece.

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Face the Musician: Destroyer’s Kaputt


Face the Musician is based on the idea that discussion of an album shouldn’t end with its review, because there’s always more to say. So we invite the musician back — not to critique the review, but to talk about their work with the review as a conversation piece.

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Face the Musician: EFFI BRIEST’s Rhizomes


Face the Musician is based on the idea that discussion of an album shouldn’t end with its review, because there’s always more to say. So we invite the musician back — not to critique the review, but to talk about their work with the review as a conversation piece.

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Face the Musician: Oneida and Rated O


For the first installment in our Face the Musician series, Ben Tausig sent our review of Oneida’s Rated O to Oneida drummer Kid Millions and followed up with questions about the critiques and the compliments.

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Face the Musician: Sidi Touré’s Sahel Folk


Face the Musician is based on the idea that discussion of an album shouldn’t end with its review, because there’s always more to say. So we invite the musician back — not to critique the review, but to talk about their work with the review as a conversation piece.

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Face the Musician: Six Organs of Admittance and Luminous Night


For the second installment in our Face the Musician series, Ben Tausig sent our review of Six Organs of Admittance’s Luminous Night to Ben Chasny and followed up with questions about the critiques and the compliments. (In this case, pretty much the compliments.)

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Fifteen Candles: The Music Scholar on Merge Records


Merge Records celebrates its 15th birthday this July. Dusted's Ben Tausig tracked down The Music Scholar to put Merge's accomplishments in perspective.

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Free Admission:
Coming to Terms with Writing about Music


Dusted's Ben Tausig takes a look at the role of music criticism and its potential (and ceiling) as a tool and a companion. The options for discovering different kinds of music journalism and criticism today are abundant, even saturated, but how much of it is a good read? And what makes it so? Comment on this piece at Dusted's forum.

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From Beyond The Grave: A Chat With Death Vessel


Fresh off an opening slot with Iron and Wine, Death Vessel's Joel Thibodeau gives Dusted's Ben Tausig the skinny on his band, his debut record and the Mandan Dink.

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From the Inside, Honoring the Outside


Ben Tausig spoke with noted eccentromusicologist Irwin Chusid, who recently released the second volume of the Songs in The Key of Z series. This series documents "the curious universe of outsider music," where strange and heartfelt sounds rise above the din of musical predictability. But there is more to the concept of "outsider music" than meets the eye. . .

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Interviews Will Oldham


Dusted's Ben Tausig speaks with Drag City recording artist Will Oldham.

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James Marcel Stinson Obituary


Ben Tausig writes about the man behind Drexciya and his indisputable place atop the electro lexicon.

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New York Noise


Dusted's Ben Tausig takes a look at New York's new noise-regulating ordinance.

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Pacific Trim - A Preview of 2003's ATP Pacific


Dusted's Ben Tausig talks to The Magic Band's John "Drumbo" French and The Danielson Famile's Daniel Smith in his preview of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties Pacific, curated by Simpsons creater Matt Groening.

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Past the Blues - An Interview with David Berman


Dusted's Ben Tausig speaks with Silver Jews founding father David Berman.

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R.I.P. George Jones


Ben Tausig was moved to write about the capital-A artistry of the legendary country singer.

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Smoldering Ashes and Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons DVD


Dusted's Ben Tausig checks out Gandulf Hennig's recent Gram Parsons movie, Fallen Angel.

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The Resistant Language


Dusted's Ben Tausig reacts to and interacts with Plunderphonicists Evolution Control Committee and discusses the nature of sampled sounds.

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Tresor talks: The Dusted Interview


Dusted's Ben Tausig and Tresor Records' Carola Stoiber met up at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival this year to discuss the DEMF controversy, Tresor, German politics and the resurgence of electro.

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Reviews

All Growns Up


Artist: Adult.

Album: Anxiety Always

Label: Ersatz Audio

Review date: May. 8, 2003

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Artist: Akufen

Album: My Way

Label: Force Inc.

Review date: May. 23, 2002

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Artist: Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto

Album: Vrioon

Label: Raster-Noton

Review date: Jan. 15, 2004

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Should the dancefloor call upon you, do not scorn it


Artist: Antonelli Electr.

Album: Love and Other Solutions

Label: Italic

Review date: Jan. 5, 2003

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Artist: Arpanet

Album: Wireless Internet

Label: Record Makers

Review date: Jun. 14, 2002

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Artist: Baby Huey

Album: Living Legend: The Baby Huey Story

Label: Water

Review date: Jan. 30, 2005

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Artist: Belle and Sebastian

Album: The Life Pursuit

Label: Matador

Review date: Mar. 7, 2006

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Artist: Blank Dogs

Album: Under and Under

Label: In the Red

Review date: May. 21, 2009

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Artist: Burning Star Core

Album: Challenger

Label: Hospital Productions

Review date: Oct. 10, 2008

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Artist: Choir of Young Believers

Album: This is For the White in Your Eyes

Label: Ghostly International

Review date: Aug. 17, 2009

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Artist: Crystal Stilts

Album: Alight of Night

Label: Slumberland

Review date: Nov. 7, 2008

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Artist: Dead Comet Alive

Album: Plays from Inverted Sewers

Label: American Tapes

Review date: Sep. 25, 2003

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Artist: Deerhoof

Album: Deerhoof vs. Evil

Label: Polyvinyl

Review date: Jan. 20, 2011

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Artist: Vladislav Delay

Album: Demo(n) Tracks

Label: Huume Recordings

Review date: May. 18, 2004

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Mixing and Mashing


Artist: DJ /rupture

Album: Minesweeper Suite

Label: Tigerbeat6

Review date: Oct. 3, 2002

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Artist: Electric Birds

Album: Gradations

Label: Mille Plateaux

Review date: May. 14, 2002

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Artist: Excepter

Album: Vacation/Forget Me

Label: Fusetron

Review date: Oct. 5, 2004

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Van Not Included


Artist: Friends Forever

Album: Killball

Label: Load

Review date: Jul. 31, 2003

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A 6-year-old with Something to Say


Artist: Henry

Album: Henry

Label: self-released

Review date: Oct. 14, 2002

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Artist: Hot Chip

Album: One Life Stand

Label: EMI

Review date: Feb. 9, 2010

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Micro-managing Cultural Rifts


Artist: Jan Jelinek Avec the Exposures

Album: La Nouvelle Pauvreté

Label: ~scape

Review date: Apr. 3, 2003

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A Tough Act To Follow


Artist: LCD Soundsystem

Album: Give It Up 7"

Label: DFA

Review date: Jan. 21, 2003

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Artist: Lightning Bolt

Album: Earthly Delights

Label: Load

Review date: Oct. 5, 2009

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Artist: Locussolus

Album: Locussolus

Label: International Feel

Review date: Jun. 13, 2011

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Artist: Luna

Album: Tell Me Do You Miss Me

Label: Rhino

Review date: Jun. 18, 2006

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Artist: M.I.A.

Album: Kala

Label: Interscope

Review date: Aug. 20, 2007

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Artist: The Magic Band

Album: Back to the Front

Label: ATP

Review date: Sep. 19, 2003

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Artist: The Magnetic Fields

Album: i

Label: Nonesuch

Review date: Jun. 8, 2004

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Artist: Matmos

Album: The Civil War

Label: Matador

Review date: Sep. 30, 2003

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Artist: Merzbow

Album: A Taste of Merzbow

Label: Mego

Review date: Aug. 1, 2002

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Noise with a Beat


Artist: Merzbow

Album: Merzbeat

Label: Important

Review date: Oct. 20, 2002

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Bar band or post-post-rock extraordinaires?


Artist: Midwest Product

Album: Specifics

Label: Ghostly International

Review date: Aug. 22, 2002

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Artist: No Age

Album: Nouns

Label: Sub Pop

Review date: May. 1, 2008

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Artist: The Other People Place

Album: Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe

Label: Warp

Review date: Mar. 31, 2002

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Artist: Kelley Polar

Album: I Need You to Hold On While the Sky is Falling

Label: Environ

Review date: Mar. 4, 2008

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Another Hip Hop Crossover


Artist: Pole

Album: Pole

Label: Mute

Review date: Jul. 16, 2003

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Artist: The Rapture

Album: In the Grace of Your Love

Label: DFA

Review date: Sep. 1, 2011

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Artist: Rhythm & Sound

Album: w/ the artists & the versions

Label: Asphodel

Review date: Oct. 21, 2003

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Pounding the Pavement


Artist: Rotary Downs

Album: Long After the Thrill

Label: Static on Vinyl

Review date: Apr. 22, 2003

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Artist: Arthur Russell

Album: Calling Out Of Context

Label: Audika

Review date: Feb. 19, 2004

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Unaverage Pop from Southeast Michigan


Artist: Saturday Looks Good To Me

Album: All Your Summer Songs

Label: Polyvinyl

Review date: Apr. 10, 2003

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Artist: Anthony "Shake" Shakir

Album: Frictionalism 1994-2009

Label: Rush Hour

Review date: Feb. 24, 2010

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Artist: So

Album: So

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: Sep. 11, 2003

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Artist: Spoon

Album: Transference

Label: Merge

Review date: Jan. 19, 2010

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Midwest Magnificence


Artist: Sufjan Stevens

Album: Michigan

Label: Asthmatic Kitty

Review date: Jul. 25, 2003

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Soul Provider


Artist: Super_Collider

Album: Raw Digits

Label: Rise Robots Rise

Review date: Sep. 16, 2002

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Artist: Sutekh

Album: Fell

Label: Orthlorng Musork

Review date: Mar. 31, 2002

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Reviving Dub


Artist: System

Album: -----

Label: ~scape

Review date: Oct. 10, 2002

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Robots Frolic in an Idyllic Place; All is Well


Artist: Nobukazu Takemura

Album: 10th

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: Feb. 13, 2003

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Speaking Softly and Consistently and Beautifully


Artist: Tarwater

Album: Dwellers on the Threshold

Label: Mute

Review date: Nov. 20, 2002

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Artist: These Are Powers

Album: All Aboard Future

Label: Dead Oceans

Review date: Apr. 20, 2009

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Navigating Past Neptune


Artist: Andreas Tilliander

Album: Elit

Label: Mille Plateaux

Review date: Mar. 2, 2003

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Artist: Town and Country

Album: C'mon

Label: Thrill Jockey

Review date: May. 14, 2002

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Artist: V/A

Album: Language Removal Services

Label: Language Removal Services

Review date: Mar. 31, 2002

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Artist: V/A

Album: Eccentric Soul: The Big Mack Label

Label: The Numero Group

Review date: Aug. 6, 2006

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Artist: V/A

Album: Shadow Music of Thailand / Siamese Soul: Thai Pop Spectacular Vol. 2: 1960s – 1980s

Label: Sublime Frequencies

Review date: Oct. 29, 2009

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Keep Some Steady Friends Around


Artist: V/A

Album: Triple R Friends

Label: Kompakt

Review date: Mar. 27, 2003

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Artist: V/A

Album: The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975

Label: Soundway

Review date: Jun. 22, 2011

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Artist: V/A

Album: Thai? Dai!: The Heavier Sound of the Luk Thung Underground

Label: B-Music

Review date: Apr. 14, 2011

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Artist: Fred Weinberg

Album: The Weinberg Method of Non-synthetic Electronic Rock

Label: Normal

Review date: Jul. 29, 2002

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Artist: White Williams

Album: Smoke

Label: Tigerbeat6

Review date: Jan. 7, 2008

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The Next Stars of Noise


Artist: Wolf Eyes

Album: Slicer

Label: Hanson

Review date: Nov. 24, 2002

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Vacations in Dub


Artist: Zorn

Album: Cruel Summer

Label: k2o

Review date: May. 5, 2003

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