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Klaxons: White Magick

In 1992, Kicks Like a Mule's "The Bouncer" was released on Tribal Bass Records, a label owned by British ragga techno vocalist Rebel MC. It was made by XL Recordings founders Nick Halkes and Richard Russell, who would make The Prodigy a household name before subsequently signing M.I.A. and Basement Jaxx.


Greenskeepers: Character Study

House music has eccentric artists aplenty, but few can consistently turn out tracks with the twisted humor of Greenskeepers and keep a straight face. A live house outfit from Chicago, started by former golf caddies Nick Maurer and James Curd, the group delivers serious, floor-burning funk amped up with silly and endearing lyrics. Read more » 

Complicated Fun: Photo-Anarchy

Imagine yourself at a warehouse party in downtown L.A. The lead singer of Good Charlotte is here, and Fez from That 70's Show is kicking it with three girls from Steve Aoki's "Top 8." A dude with a complicated haircut is doing a drunk slip 'n' slide over spilled beer on the dancefloor. This is a cool party–at least, it looks that way from the pictures.


Fergadelic: Prog to Pushead

Fergus Purcell (a.k.a. Fergadelic) was born in 1970, and the decade hasn't stopped influencing him since. The iconic, hyper-literal designs and logos he's created for Silas, Hysteric Glamour, X-Girl Japan, and his own Tonite label often combine the stoner aesthetics of prog rock and classic metal with a subversive sense of humor that seems straight from the pages of Robert Crumb and Viz comics. Read more » 

John Tejada: Of Sound Mind

John Tejada is searching through a copy of his latest CD, Cleaning Sounds Is a Filthy Business (Palette), trying to find this one track he likes to play in his DJ sets. "No, it's not that one," he mutters, hitting the skip button. "I always get all the titles mixed up. I've always been bad at my own titles."


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