From New Order to the Cult: The 126th LA Weekly playlist, reviewing the musicians that we’ve been writing about all week, is live now. There’s electronic music from Dubfire, R&B from Mary J. Blige, industrial from Revolting Cocks, Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb, metal from Accept, and so much more.

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From New Order to the Cult

Also this week:

Ian Astbury of print stars the Cult told us that, “Traditionally you’re out touring, working and performing a lot of the time, and The Cult essentially started as a live band. We came out of punk, post-punk, and then just toured. Started making records, and then toured, then made a record. That was the cycle for decades, then along comes the pandemic and a spanner goes in the works. It all grinds to a halt, and we all deal with existential anxieties and real anxieties. We went through it here. Crime activity went through the roof. We’re in East Hollywood. It was intense for two years. Meanwhile, with the people around us, relationships were breaking up, suicides, people losing their jobs and homes – it was brutal. You come out the backend and touring – I can feel the effects. It’s different. We’re in a different space. That said, what it did to the music, it gave us the opportunity to let the songs marinade. To gestate and reach their natural conclusion.”

In “Not Another DJ,” Dubfire said that, “It was not uncommon for DJs in that period of time to regularly play open to close sets. So, honing your DJ skills required you to be adept at programming sets that slowly evolve throughout the night. And that usually means opening with a bit of ambient or deeper house and gradually increasing the BPM and energy level / genres of the music. So, my sound today is still informed by that blueprint. But the typically shorter sets obviously depend on the sound of a particular stage, venue or night.”

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