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Elements: Chill Wave

Barbour Classic Beaufort jacket / $399 / Orvis Oliver Spencer Cable knit cardigan / $270 / End Clothing Timberland Gore-Tex 7-eyelet chukka boot / $190 / David Z Fred Perry …

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Labels We Love: Honest Jon's—A Portobello Road hipster haven's in-house label has its best year yet.

Whenever brick-and-mortar record shops resemble endangered, tusk-less elephants displayed in zoo cages for hipsters and mourners to feed handfuls of peanuts to every National Record Store Day, and whenever indie …

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Chancha Via Circuito: Train-riding Pedro Canale criss-crosses borders to take cumbia beyond Buenos Aires.

Just as the respiratory sound and motion of the railroad had symbolic importance for early American blues, so too does train travel inform the music of Chancha Vía Circuito (a.k.a. …

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Subculture Club: Grant Willing ponders nationality, strength, and loyalty amongst secessionists and Burzum fans.

Were you to survey the Tumblrs, Flickrs, and other blogs of the average 20-something photographer today, the subject matter might boil down to something like this: bored kids doing bong …

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XLR8R's Favorite Releases of 2010, Part Two

Without further ado, we finish the year-end list making and give you our top 15 favorite releases from 2010. (Also, if you missed part one, check that out right here.) …

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Building an Iconic Sound: Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie

When it comes to the creating the gauzy, otherworldly guitar atmospheres of the shoegaze and proto-Brit-pop scenes, Robin Guthrie has probably had his hand in a greater number of iconic …

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XLR8R's Favorite Releases of 2010, Part One

You knew it was coming: XLR8R’s picks for the best records of 2010. We’ve split our list into two parts, the first of which we present today, spanning 25 ranked …

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Bubblin': Subeena

Who: Subeena Where: London, UK Sabina Plamenova has spent time in Turin and Berlin, but her music is unmistakably London, both in the sense that it’s rooted in dubstep, and …

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XLR8R's Favorite Tracks of 2010, Part Two

And here it is… XLR8R’s top 20 tracks of 2010. Is there much else to say, except maybe “let the hating begin”? We’ve even attached our editorial team’s own two …

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Nguzunguzu: An LA-by-way-of-Chicago duo wards off evil spirits with a worldly musical sensibility and a hard-to-pronounce name.

When collaborative music is based on more than just a web of common musical interests, it’s likely that something special will spawn from the individuals involved. Maybe it’s a shared …

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XLR8R's Favorite Tracks of 2010, Part One

Much like yourself, surely, we listened to a whole hell of a lot of songs this year. And it’s never easy to even make a short list of favorites, let …

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XLR8R's 10 Favorite Other People's Podcasts of 2010

It would be downright ludicrous to think you could make a definitive list of the “best” podcasts to have launched from the internet in 2010 (or any recent year, for …

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Part Two of XLR8R's Year-End Elements Wrap-Up

A look at fashion trends for the year’s end, compiled by resident style guy Andrew Porter. Check back next week for the year’s best albums and tunes. Barbour Waxed cotton …

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Funkineven: London's Soul-Funk Fusionist Helps Eglo Records Find Its Legs

Steven Julien’s East London studio is like an analog gear menagerie: vintage Korg, Yamaha, Akai, and Roland synths and drum machines are systematically arranged on desks and racks everywhere. Perched …

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XLR8R's 10 Best Videos of 2010

We’ll be the first to say it: 2010 was not the best year for music videos. It seemed the overarching theme throughout the clips bubbling up this year was the …

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Building an Iconic Sound: Einstürzende Neubauten

As the legend goes, in 1980, a West German punk named Blixa Bargeld set out to make an “ethnic” record. He wondered about his “authentic” background while listening to an …

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10 Best XLR8R Podcasts of 2010

This year’s podcast section blew up like never before, and it’s a testament to the power of the DJ, we suppose, who brings all the fanfare and flourishes of a …

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Check Out Our 2010 Elements Wrap-Up

For the year’s end, we had Elements compiler Andrew Porter create a must-have list of gear for 2010. Check back later in the week for his men’s and women’s style …

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