From Childish Gambino to David Bowie: The eightieth LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Whipped Cream and Armin Van Buuren, hip-hop from ToBy, punk/indie from Cuffed Up and Hoity-Toity, and so much more.

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The Unmitigated Joy of Nothing Fest

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David Gahan told us that: “What [Depeche Mode] set out to do as a band was, we were trying to recreate something in a way from that punk ethic, born out of post-punk — whether it was the Birthday Party, Depeche Mode, the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen. Certain bands came up from that. The Pistols, the Damned, Siouxsie & the Banshees enabled us as creative people to explore these new places with music. It was still about songwriting and getting up on a stage and singing, and producing the sounds in whatever way you could.”

And of NYC: “It’s been weird in these last couple of years. New York became this weird sort of ghost town, to be honest. It was brutal for a few months there, a couple of years ago. To see New York like that, and the rug pulled from under what it is and has been for me which is this place with so much energy but at the same time you can just disappear into. The disappearing part became too much in the last few years. The city seemed to disappear, and all its inhabitants. We stayed there, myself and my wife and my kids. We hunkered down and stayed in the city for that first few months. But I dunno, I still find it a place that I have a hard time leaving. Fortunately, it’s become a place that I can call home.”

Whipped Cream said: “‘Light of Mine’ is a special track to me because it focuses on the hardships I faced the last couple months. After hearing the song and watching the music video, I want people to realize they all have the light within them and it’s only a matter of time until they find it.”

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