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AlterNet: Sense And Nonesense

In the aftermath of the 2004 election, countless scribes have performed autopsies on the Democratic body politic–unfortunately they've emerged with a message that's about as coherent as John Kerry's vision for a New America. AlterNet's Start Making Sense:Turning the Lessons of Election 2004 Into Winning Progressive Politics (softcover; Chelsea Green Publishing, $12), edited by Don Hazen and Lakshmi Chaudhry, attempts to better address the myopia that has blindsided Democrats and progressives alike.

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Adult: Hearts of Darkness

Adult. once said they made uncomfortable music. How fitting then, that I have just taken them to the most uncomfortable place on earth: New York's Museum of Sex. And now I'm standing next to Adam Lee Miller, Nicola Kuperus, and their new bandmate–Tamion 12-inch guitarist Sam Consiglio–in a darkened room punctuated by canned male laughter and smacking sex sounds. Nicola and I are paused next to a screen flickering with an image of two men jacking each other off, while I feign interest in the accompanying text about this history of pornography. Read more » 

Little Brother: Major League

It’s 6 p.m. and Midtown is gridlocked with commuters trying to escape from New York. As office lights dim and commercial properties empty, the business of music doesn’t cease, not at 1290 Avenue of the Americas. I’m in the Atlantic Records building about to meet up with North Carolina’s hip-hop trio Little Brother. Read more » 

Mathew Jonson's Jungle Roots

If you were looking for someone to map the incestuous interbreeding of the electronic music community, look no further than Vancouver, BC producer Mathew Jonson.

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South Rakkas Crew: Bionic Dancehall

“I met [producer] Alex G in Canada years ago while I was working security at a rave,” says South Rakkas Crew’s Dennis “Dow Jones” Shaw of the genesis of his team’s musical partnership. “It was during an incident with a naked girl on roller skates, but that’s a whole other story.”

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