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Dance Music: Eco Friendly?

It wasn’t long ago that global-warming “alarmist” Al Gore was mocked as “Owl” Gore or Ozone Man by his Republican opponents. It’s a sign of how much popular culture has …

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Kid Acne's Favorite Things

He’s baaaaaack. On September 17, U.K. hip-hop prankster/chip-shop gangster Kid Acne delivered Romance Is Dead, another dose of punchy, balls-out old-school punk rap on Lex Records. “The songs are shorter, …

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Mishka and JK5 Collaborate

Many people’s childhood action figures ended up broken and discarded in dusty thrift-store bins, but for 36 years, Joseph Ari Aloi has kept his plasticine best friends close to his …

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Five Star by Bradley Fry

Along with contemporaries like Fucked Up and Clockcleaner, Pissed Jeans are leading the renaissance of noisy hardcore revivalists. But where many bands imitate standard-bearers to perpetuate a fad, Pissed Jeans …

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Lawrence's Melancholy House-Scapes

Peter M. Kersten is a former gardener with a known fondness for watching plants grow and perish. Indeed, it’s easy to imagine this DJ/producer’s atmospheric house, deep ambient, and minimal …

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Kim Hiorthøy's Artist Tips

A rare double threat, Kim Hiorthøy is as well known for his music as his graphic-design work. His visual art runs the gamut between zines, films, photography, and graphic design; …

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Bioshock: Season-Ending Shocker

We chat with Ken Levine, Creative Director of 2K Boston and the mind behind one of 2007’s greatest videogame successes, BioShock. XLR8R: How and when was BioShock born? Ken Levine: …

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Best Music Technology of 2007

Ableton Live 6 Make a new banger in the airport, then pump out the jam in a club hours later. It’s a traveling producer’s wizard wand. Curses, Institubes I had …

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Favorite MP3s of 2007

Choosing the best tracks from the dozens upon dozens of MP3s we posted this year was a tough job, but, after much debate and many listens, the web staff agreed …

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Best of 2007 by DJ Ulysses

A Manhattan techno long-player on his favorite blips and bleeps of the year. Best Artist Some people that kept my attention this year: Daso, Dusty Kid, Samim, Chaim, Minilogue, Paul …

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 12

Ableton Live I love field recordings. I love ambient music, New Age, and sleeping. For a while now, I have been formulating a plan for a podcast series of re-edits …

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Best of 2007 by Mochipet

Daly City Records boss David Wang waxes poetic on Dan Deacon, Serato, and Burning Man fashions. Best Artist Cornelius. I have loved Cornelius forever, and I feel it’s about time …

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Best Style of 2007

Puritan Chic Some Berlin-loving Scandinavians are going for a seriously Puritan look nowadays. When they walk through Berlin’s Mitte district in couples they look like they are part of some …

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

Since it probably won’t be too many more years before print media is dead and buried, you might as well take advantage of it and buy your friends an XLR8R …

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

Assorted Eco-Friendly Bags from Colette Ever since we learned of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the XLR8R.com staff has been paranoid about throwing so much as an unused Post-It into …

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Best Music Trends of 2007

Dubstep I’m basically obsessed with anything Skream puts out and Benga’s pretty damn awesome, too! I’ve been listening to strictly dubstep for past month straight, and I really don’t think …

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The 12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

Kid Robot Smoker’s Delight Bundle Smoking’s a filthy habit, and Kid Robot has enough items to fill the stockings of all your cigarette sucking friends (or, if you’re like me, …

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Best of 2007 by Dirt Crew

Germany’s two-man house team loves Efdemin and Apple computers, and won’t touch videogames. Best Artist Efdemin. He is really talented and made some of the deepest tunes this year. Worst …

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