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Video: Demdike Stare "Hashshashin Chant"



Let's just get this out of the way. Yes, this is another found-footage music video. That said, we all know that audio-mining UK duo Demdike Stare isn't going to serve up some half-baked collage of YouTube clips with some iMovie effects on it. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Kode9 Announces New Album for 2011

Considering he's been busy dropping a healthy amount of excellent releases on his Hyperdub label, contributing to k7!'s DJ-Kicks series, and touring all over the world, Kode9 has had a solid 2010 and is poised to continue to expand on that in 2011 with the announcement of a new album to be released in early April. The second collaboration between Kode9 and The Spaceape, Black Sun, will be Hyperdub's first album of 2011 and, according to the label, we should "prepare for something very different from their last album and everything else around." Well, yeah. Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Podcast 178: Oneman

2010 has been another solid year for music, and perhaps an even stronger year for the XLR8R podcast series. Don't believe us? Check out our Top 10 podcasts of 2010. That said, it's almost a shame that we posted the list last week, because our final podcast of 2010 comes courtesy of the UK's Oneman (a.k.a. Steve Bishop), and it's a scorcher. Read more » 

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 also because its multitude of sounds ultimately defies simple genre definitions. Read more » 

Watch Spank Rock and Johnny Sierra of The Death Set's Ridiculous Christmas Video



Baltimore MC Spank Rock and Johnny Sierra of The Death Set have put together a Christmas video parodying the strangely awkward Bing Crosby and David Bowie video in which they discuss Christmas and sing "Little Drummer Boy." We prefer this newer version which, admittedly, is still awkward but this time intentionally. Enjoy!
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  • 12/21/2010

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 cents to the top 10 tunes, just to give you internet commenters some ammo to work with. Check out the bottom half of the list (numbers 21-40) here, and stay tuned for our favorite albums/EPs later this week. Read more » 

Listen to a Track From Arthur's Landing's Debut on Strut Records

New York cellist/composer/disco legend Arthur Russell has continued to have a growing impact amongst contemporary artists despite his death over a decade ago. Between his collaborations with artists like Phillip Glass and David Byrne, as well as his tremendously prolific output under an assortment of names (including Loose Joints, Dinosaur L, and The Sailboats) and within many different sides of the musical spectrum (from avant-disco to modern classical), Russell is viewed as a pioneer and legend of modern music. Which brings us to Arthur's Landing, a "morphing collective" of musicians who worked with Russell throughout his career, and who will be releasing an album of reinterpretations of Russell's work on London's Strut imprint (artwork above). Read more » 

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  • 12/21/2010

Ben UFO Delivers RA Podcast

Even as 2010 comes to a close, there seems to be no shortage of stellar podcasts making their way to the internet before the year's done. The latest comes from Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO, who has been tapped by Resident Advisor to "summarize 2010 on the dancefloor." Ben UFO delivered us an excellent XLR8R podcast back in May (which stuck with us long enough to make it onto our Best Podcasts of 2010 list), and this mix continues to prove his prowess behind the decks, delivering a blistering 70-plus-minute, 29-track crash course through his favorite dance records of the year. Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2010

James Blake Album Details Announced

The day has finally come, and now we have the full details regarding the forthcoming debut full-length from producer-cum-singer/songwriter James Blake. Following a series of three well-received, critically lauded EPs, the artist (who's already made it into our top videos and tracks of 2010) will release his 11-song, self-titled record via Atlas/A&M on February 7, which includes previously unveiled tracks "I Never Learnt to Share" and Feist cover "Limit to Your Love." Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2010

Video: Sam Prekop "The Silhouettes"



We're still a bit flabbergasted by the latest solo record from The Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop. Instead of the veteran post-rocker's usual mellowed-out guitar and vocal pairings, Prekop's Old Punch Card is actually an instrumental foray into vintage modular synthesizers and the warm, bubbling sounds they can so beautifully make. Well, to one such track from that record, this lovely animation was added by Adult Swim/Nickelodeon animator Jordan Kim. Read more » 

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  • 12/20/2010

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