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Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists determined by our favorite artists. This week: East Bay punk glitcher Kid606, former Pornographer Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer), and West Coast Spinane turned Midwest songstress Rebecca Gates.

Listed: Kid606 + Destroyer + Rebecca Gates


During the past few years, Miguel Depedro, better known as Kid606, has taken the music world by storm. His full-length debut, Down With the Scene (Ipecac) was a masterpiece of screaming noise juxtaposed against electronic grooves. Tigerbeat6, the record label that he founded, has taken the DWTS mantra to heart and become a breeding ground for everything from the chaotic clang of the Numbers and Black Dice, to the electro-rap of Gold Chains and Cex, to the space-tronic sounds of Stars as Eyes. His latest release as Kid606, The Action Packed Mentalist Brings You the Fucking Jams brought electronic destruction-via-remix to various pop hits, adding a punk-rock snarl to the normally sedate world of electronic music. The Action Packed Mentalist Brings You the Fucking Jams is currently available on Violent Turd, and Tigerbeat6's "Paws Across America" tour (featuring Cex, Stars as Eyes, and the Numbers) is currently working its way around the land.

Kid606 top ten:
1. Soft pink truth - Do You Party? (Sounds Like)
2. Com.a - Shot of Love (Tigerbeat6)
3. Electronicat - Birds Just Want to Have Fun (Angelika Koehlermann)
4. ISIS - Oceanic (Ipecac)
5. The Bug and Rootsman 7"s on Razor X
6. Main - Tau (K-raa-k)
7. Geez 'n' Gosh - Nobody Knows (Mille Plateaux)
8. Dwayne sodahberk - Unsound ep (Stuporsonika)
9. Dalek - From Filthy Tongues of Gods and Griots (Ipecac)
10. Speedy J - Loudboxer (Novamute)


Dan Bejar is better know as Destroyer. But perhaps he is best known as a former member of the Canadian ensemble The New Pornographers. While his songwriting work on Mass Romantic was probably his most prominent, his steady stream of Destroyer albums has been the best showcase for his superb songwriting and cryptically haunting lyrics. 2001's Streethawk: A Seduction (Misra) earned him tall critical accolade, but his latest release, This Night (Merge) has earned Bejar attention from a much wider audience.

1) Plush - Fed - (After Hours)
2) Walker Brothers - Nite Flights (Epic) - The first four songs; the other 8 non-S.Engel songs, well...suck.
3) Avey Tare, Panda Bear, The Geologist - Danse Manatee (Catsup Plate)
4) Sr. Chinarro - El Por Que De Mis Peinados and La Primera Opera Envasada Al Vacio (Acurela) - In anticipation of the 6th album that's out any day now, whose name I can't remember (something in spanish...)
5) Rock*A*Teens - Collected Works... (Merge, Daemon).
6) Frog Eyes - The Bloody Hand (Global Symphonic)
7) Capozzi Park - The Record of Capozzi Park (Blue Curtain) - As well as other Mark Szabo related projects.
8) Neil Michael Hagerty - Plays That Good Old Rock and Roll (Drag City)
9) Morrissey - Your Arsenal, Vauxhall and I, "Boxers" (Sire)
10) The Apartments - The Evening Visits... (Twin Tone)

Honorable Mentions: The Collected Works of The Auteurs, Superconductor - Bastard Song, The Clientele, Montgolfier Brothers, Laura Nyro, those first few Tom Verlaine solo records...

Rebecca Gates

Rebecca Gates and Scott Plouf began playing and recording as the Spinanes in the early nineties. Their early sound was characterised by the spare interplay between Gates' guitar and voice and Plouf's drums; later releases were more textured and incorporated everything from piano to background chatter in the studio. In the intervening decade, Plouf split to join Built to Spill, and Gates moved to Chicago, where she began collaborating with such luminaries as John McEntire and Brian Deck, with whom she produced her last release, the gorgeous, quasi-electronic Ruby Series ep. Currently, Gates is working on a remix of that ep, as well as a new album and a collaboration with Mick Turner of the Dirty Three.

1. Max Roach - Percussion Bitter Sweet (Impulse)
2. Sonic Youth - Murray Street (Interscope)
3. Evax - Parking Lot Music (Audio Dregs)
4. The Ruby Series remix project that will be out sometime in 2003 (Badman)
5. Reading news from other countries online.
6. Anne Carson - The Autobiography of Red (Knopf)
7. Cooking.
8. Funny people.
9. New Califone and Jicks records (on Thrill Jockey and Matador respectively).
10. Jimmy Scott - Anything. I'm hoping to see him in concert some time this year.

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