Chicago's Numero Group is delving into the world of film for the first time with Celestial Navigations, a collection of films and articles documenting and celebrating the work of filmmaker Al Jarnow. Perhaps best known for his work doing short animations for public television shows such as Sesame Street and 3-2-1 Contact! from the late 1960s onward, Jarnow was also heavily involved in the experimental film world of New York City, working alongside Harry Smith and Stan Brakhage on numerous works. Read more »
The most recent release from San Francisco's Mi Ami, a 12" record containing the two songs "Cut Men" and "Out at Night," finds the band in a far more frantic state than it was on their debut full-length, Watersports. Through copious amounts of jangly guitar riffs, syncopated basslines matched with propulsive drumming, grating vocal yelps, and sparse electronics, "Cut Men" sounds as if Mi Ami are channeling the incendiary post-punk of their former entity, Black Eyes. It's a uniformly energetic piece of contemporary no-wave which is hopefully a foreshadowing of sounds to come on their upcoming second album, Steal Your Face.
As his Motor City Drum Ensemble moniker implies, Stuttgart's Danilo Plessow is a fan of classic Detroit techno, but, as this exclusive mix shows, the man also has an affinity for old-school Chicago house, not to mention vintage soul and disco. Through his Raw Cuts series and releases on the Four Roses label, Plessow has developed a hypnotic deep house sound that simultaneously reveres the past while remaining clearly focused on the future. Read more »
Seems like the think-tank over at online music retailer Bleep has one-upped the plethora of year-end lists from 2009. The music store already put together their 100 favorite songs from last year, but now they've also compiled every one of those tracks into a single download of pure contemporary classics. The songs are all DRM-free, high-quality mp3s, and include music from such luminaries as Animal Collective, Hudson Mohawke, DOOM, Bok Bok, Dam-Funk, FaltyDL, and so many more. Read more »
Once a part of The Fat Truckers and Gucci Soundsystem, and now in cahoots with the Disco Bloodbath crew, Ben Rymer has stepped out from behind his monikers to release a solo production entitled "La Trinciarice." The UK producer's new track is a bit softer around the edges than his earlier work, but still just as epic and chock-full of analog synthlines and energetic dance beats as his tracks for DFA and International DeeJay Gigolo.
Machine Dreams, the second album by Sweden's Little Dragon, treads similar territory as The Knife's Deep Cuts. Sure there are some differences—Little Dragon's instrumentation is largely influenced by Prince-styled sex jams and Tom Tom Club's percussive R&B—but songs like "Feather" and "Looking Glass" are direct descendants of The Knife's contemporary classic "Heartbeats." Things do get a bit more interesting when singer Yukimi Nagano and the rest of band allow their compositions to breathe. Read more »
Dannie Flesher, co-founder of Chicago's legendary Wax Trax! Records, passed away of AIDS-related pneumonia on Sunday in Hope, Arkansas. With Jim Nash, Flesher helped foster the burgeoning industrial music scene, putting out countless records from the likes of the Revolting Cocks, Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and many others. Though the label was bought by TVT in 1992, and was further stymied by Nash's death in 1995, it is still considered by many to be one of the most original labels to ever come out of the United States. Read more »
Memphis-based punk and indie-rock musician Jay Reatard was found dead early this morning in his home. The cause of his death is not yet known. The talented yet overwhelmingly negative Reatard (born Jay Lindsey) leaves behind a legacy of garage-punk and synth-trash records, as well as a host of friends and fans. His last album, Watch Me Fall, was released on Matador last August. For more about Reatard and his often tragic life story, read the 2008 XLR8R profile on him. Read more »
Brazilian producer Gui Boratto will see his first official compilation released in February as part of the esteemed Renaissance Mix Collection. Featuring exclusive new material—including a collaboration with Bomb the Bass—as well as tracks from electronic luminaries such as Gabriel Ananda, Tricky, and Dominik Eulberg, the two discs will only raise Boratto's stature further. Tracklisting after the jump! Read more »
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