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XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Holy Ghost!

As their debut album nears completion, NYC’s Holy Ghost! delve into disco’s past without irony. Plenty of bands sport members with long personal histories together, but Alex Frankel and Nick …

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Inbox: Etienne Jaumet

XLR8R’s Inbox touches base with jovial French tech-house producer Etienne Jaumet, who has just come back from sharing the deck with Dirty Soundsystem on a Cosmic Cruise around an artificial …

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Fuck Buttons: A pair of Bristol punks spin ambient electro and vintage synths into apocalyptic chaos.

While Bristol duo Fuck Buttons’ latest record, Tarot Sport, might skew toward ambient electro, it’s hardly surprising that the band’s genesis came during Benjamin Power and Andrew Hung’s involvement in …

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XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Joker

With his growing reputation—and the promise of a debut full-length—Bristol’s Joker takes it one day at a time. Months before he’ll complete his debut album and probably longer until it …

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Style: Ur a Jerk.

Over the past year, a new hip-hop subgenre has bubbled up from the streets of Los Angeles. Known as jerkin’, the scene is largely populated by internet-savvy, skinny-jeans-wearing teens whose …

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Inbox: Jay Haze

For this week’s Inbox, XLR8R steps into the ring with Berlin-based U.S. expat Jay Haze (a.k.a. Fuckpony). The many-monikered producer and label owner coos about his Roland 808, Otis Redding, …

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TBC: Dancing About Architecture—BLDGBLOG's Geoff Manaugh Sounds Off on the Year's Best Audio Installations

From the New York subway’s train No. 2—whose whistle, according to a February 2009 article in the New York Times, sounds like Leonard Bernstein when it pulls in to Times …

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Artist to Watch: CFCF

Who: CFCF Where: Montreal, Canada Somewhere between the Balearic, slo-mo stylings of Meanderthals and the synthetic gloss of Jan Hammer sits CFCF (a.k.a. Michael Silver). The celebrated DJ and remixer’s …

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XLR8R's Favorites of 2009: Martyn

The Netherlands Transplant Settles Into the US and Takes Dubstep on the Ride of Its Life Could there be an alternate universe of rhythm and sound? One set free from …

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Pedal Pusher: Getting Under the Hood of A Place to Bury Strangers' Signature Guitar Sound

Word on the street these days is that Oliver Ackermann’s group, A Place to Bury Strangers, is the loudest band in New York. And one can only assume that that’s …

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Schlachthofbronx: Bavarian jokers throw AutoTune, deutsche schlager, ?kuduro, and more together for a belly full of bass.

There’s something pleasantly scrappy about the frenetically paced tracks that comprise Munich trio Schlachthofbronx’s self-titled debut. “We’ve got a shitload of unfinished stuff on our hard drives,” says Benedikt, one …

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Philately Forever: The Best of So Much PileUp

Designer Mike Davis gives us the best of this year’s Philately Fridays from his So Much Pileup blog. MACCABIAH GAMES (above): ?Designed by renowned Israeli graphic artist Dan Reisinger, who …

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Nite Jewel: Ramona Gonzalez uses eight-track logic—and a touch of Heidegger—to craft wistful lo-fi disco.

Ramona Gonzalez’s resume overflows with creative projects, but the soft-spoken voice of LA’s three-piece experimental synth-pop group, Nite Jewel, is still just finding her legs musically. Using a self-proclaimed “technically …

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TBC: Fear of Music - Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen

Author David Stubbs contributed to the influential fanzine Monitor before writing for Melody Maker. He is also a former reviews editor of The Wire and has written books on Jimi …

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Inbox: DJ Koze

Bar none, XLR8R’s favorite compilation of 2009 was DJ Koze’s Reincarnations remix collection on Get Physical—hell, it ranks up there amongst the year’s best records period. The Hamburg DJ/producer gave …

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Vis-Ed: Dust La Rock - Balancing Good and Evil with Fool's Gold's Don of the Darkside.

I don’t remember how I first met Dust La Rock, but I do remember last summer. I shared a backyard with a member of his Brooklyn BMX gang and at …

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Sunny Day in Glasgow: From a Scottish art college to a bedroom in Philly, shoegazer Ben Daniels brings it all back home.

Phillin’ It: For years, Philadelphia has been shrugged off as New York’s little brother—a place where displaced Brooklynites went in search of cheaper rents, bigger spaces, and a touch less …

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Fall Style: I Can't Kick This Feeling When it Hits / String Theory

New York photographer Tom Winchester’s fall style features I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits and String Theory Top: Anastasia Wears Gold strapless gown by Lela Rose, Gold and …

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