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Ice Cold: Trentemøller Steps Out

"Making The Last Resort (Poker Flat) was a very personal thing for me," asserts Anders Trentemøller of his debut long-player. "It was like therapy. The music on the album reflects my life, my thoughts, my needs, my insecurities, my longings. It was a very lonely process."

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Annuals: Normals That Deliver

The Panera Bread Company in downtown Chapel Hill, NC is filled with a bunch of average Joes hunched over pricey sandwiches. Picking at chips and sipping cups of soup, no one in the joint bats an eyelash at recent Ace Fu signees Annuals, who've seated themselves at a big table by the entrance. This air of indifference has nothing to do with Panera's generally square patronage, or even the fact that Annuals are far from famous. Rather, its members blend in pretty convincingly with the clientele.

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Mixed Signals: Digital Dillema

Think back to that first time that you saw a laptop onstage at a club. Now think back to the last time you didn't see one onstage. It's no stretch to say that the digital world has taken over music production and, to a lesser extent, performance, with hardware/software combinations firmly establishing their place in the live music pantheon beside guitars, turntables, and drum machines.

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Fidget House: A Guide

A guide to these five producers' many aliases.

Induceve
Members: Dave Taylor & Jesse Rose
Where it all started. Induceve is an amalgamation of crunchy, cut 'n' paste Herbert-style house and samples ranging from hip-hop to dub to folk. Their Pick It Up EP (Dubsided) was the first officially dubbed "fidget."

Switch
Members: Trevor Loveys & Dave Taylor
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Monome & Me: MIDI Mayhem

For the past couple of years, I've been fidgeting with an odd invention that an equally odd musician, Brian Crabtree, came up with: The monome 100h. It's a combination of sequencer, Lite-Brite, and sampler with MacGyver-esque possibilities–all addictively simple. Now it's being somewhat mass-made and I wanted to introduce it, so perhaps it'll make some sense of what I might be doing on a stage in a town near you.

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