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Telefon Tel Aviv

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Moderat, Telefon Tel Aviv, Abstract Science 

When: Sat., May 21, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $28
Following the tragic passing of Telefon Tel Aviv member Charles Cooper in 2009—not two weeks after a profile by former Reader music writer Miles Raymer ran basically in conjunction with the release of the local electronic duo’s new record, Immolate Yourself—partner Joshua Eustis had no course but to put the longtime venture on indefinite hiatus and suspend future tours and albums. He did keep on, however, releasing music under his solo-project moniker Sons of Magdalene (a debut full-length is actually due this June), producing and working on Puscifer records, and even performing as a touring member of Nine Inch Nails. But now, with a pair of Telefon Tel Aviv reissues on the Ghostly International docket—their first two albums, 2001’s Fahrenheit Fair Enough and 2004’s Map of What Is Effortless—the LA-based Eustis has reconvened his former project, reviving its IDM ambient swells, sprinting and panning rhythms, and glitch-loaded roadblocks. But as Raymer points out in his column, the duo were headed in a new direction with Immolate Yourself, a record that favors songwriting and enveloping live performance over sequencers and getting asses out on the floor. And via the official Telefon Tel Aviv page, Eustis makes clear that, whether or not he tours on it, once the aforementioned Sons of Magdalene album drops he’ll be focusing on his former project full-time. Tonight he performs solo.
— Kevin Warwick
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