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Mike Paré Makes Mystical Delights

Mike Paré grew up in the suburbs of the Bay Area with parents who encouraged him to draw pictures of their favorite bands (like Led Zeppelin). These days, the New York-based illustrator, filmmaker, and designer is most interested in furthering the mysterious New Energy Movement, and takes inspiration from all manner of things, both earthly and otherworldly. In his video Transmagon #5, geometric shapes drift down city streets on skateboards, slowly merging into a psychedelic kaleidoscopic trip. Read more » 

Swayzak's Artist Tips

As Swayzak, U.K. tech-house dons James Taylor and David Brown have been honing their revelry-inducing craft for more than a decade. With several albums under their belt, year-round DJ duties, and a knack for exciting artistic reinvention, Swayzak has achieved master status in the dance-music community. Their latest disc, a 10th anniversary offering entitled Some Other Country (!K7), is all the proof the world needs to confirm these peak-hour blasters' penchant for creating hedonistic bangers full of heady atmospherics. Read more » 

What Is It? Krautrock

When critics use "Krautrock" as a descriptor, they usually mean the mesmerizing motorik rhythms pioneered by Can and Neu!, as exemplified by "Mother Sky" and "Hallogallo," respectively. Awesome touchstones for a genre, but they represent merely a tiny fraction of the music that emerged from Germany during Krautrock's Golden Age (1968-1974).


Politikin': The Beat Goes On

Having transplanted himself from New Zealand to the U.K. Read more » 

Daft Punk's Robot Rock

After a cool reception following its limited North American release this summer, Electroma (Vice Records, $19.99), the feature-length movie written and directed by Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, will be released straight-to-DVD this month.


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