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Tom Moulton vs. Rub-N-Tug

In the '60s and '70s, if you had the phrase "A Tom Moulton Mix" tagged to your record, you probably had a hit. The former record-promotions-man turned-studio-engineer took classic funk, soul, and R&B artists to new heights with his patented brand of mixing. But when disco came around, Moulton blew everyone out of the water by literally inventing the 12-inch single–because his mastering studio was out of blank sevens. Read more » 

Chromatics: Post-Punk Inspiration

Taking a break from a hectic tour schedule, Adam Miller has just returned from shooting videos in a Wisconsin forest with his group, Chromatics. Since they formed in 2000, the Seattle quartet has had an unusual number of personnel changes, but Miller seems unaffected by any of it. "I love everyone that I have ever played music with," he enthuses. "Chromatics is like a foster home for troubled musicians, and [producer/programmer] Johnny Jewel is like the director of the Make-a-Wish foundation."

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Text of Light: Ranaldo's World

In the 1950s and '60s, American filmmaker Stan Brakhage stripped away every popular notion of "movie" and wrote poetry that danced. He deleted stories, characters, and even sound in nearly 300 of his films, leaving the viewer with only disjointed imagery. He treated the actual reels as art: leaving scratches, tears, and smears on negatives; taping twigs, leaves, and moths to film strips; and painting colors directly onto the film.

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Busy Signal: Off the Hook

To make it in dancehall, you need an image, a Puritan work ethic, and endless lyrics. But a good catchphrase never hurts. So when you hear "Sound di big ting dem!" just before the riddim drops, you know that Reanno Gordon (a.k.a. Busy Signal) has just commanded your full attention.

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Wolf Eyes In The Studio

Five years ago, I emailed Wolf Eyes to request some of their records for my college radio show. In the package that erstwhile member Aaron Dilloway sent, wedged between a hand-scrawled note and hand-colored Nautical Almanac and Wolf Eyes vinyl, were a bunch of ads for products from Korg and Roland, likely torn from a music gear trade mag. But what was embedded on Wolf Eyes hardly resembled something made in a crisp and clean studio on the latest pro-audio offerings. Read more » 

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