Today, musical juggernaut Ghostly International released a unique application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Ghostly Discovery . The application works as a sort of mood-reading jukebox containing Ghostly's and Spectral Sound's vast catalogs, allowing users to construct parameters for what they want to listen to based on their emotional state, desired tempo, and digital/organic preference. Read more »
After what feels like a decade, Gonzales' acclaimed Solo Piano is finally getting a North American release via Toronto indie Arts & Crafts, after sitting in Euro-distro purgatory since 2004. Solo Piano: The Deluxe Edition includes Gonzales' titular instrumental piano album as well as a bonus DVD, which features the From Major to Minor, a documentary about the singer/songwriter/rapper/producer/bon vivant, and other special extras. Read more »
Brooklyn-based A Place to Bury Strangers will continue its sonic assault on the world this fall with the release of a second full-length and a massive North American tour. Exploding Head, arriving from Mute on October 6, is the result of the band attempting to create "the craziest, most fucked-up recording ever," and with shades of heavier My Bloody Valentine and Steve Albini projects sneaking into the group's sound, it's fair to say that they have succeeded. Read more »
Initially announced back in mid-May, and currently knee-deep in beta testing for its scheduled ship date of 09/09/09, Propellerhead's Record) software (Mac/Windows, $299 for new users/$149 Reason users) promises to be the recording software for artists, not engineers. Read more »
The majority of the population would cite Bob Marley as the original harbinger of the reggae movement. But filmmaker and director of Beck's "Loser" music video Steve Hanft might have you think otherwise with his documentary, Return of the Rub-A-Dub Style, which features interviews and live footage of real roots-reggae legends and soundsystem pioneers Ranking Joe, Sister Nancy, U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Ranking Trevor, Welton Irie, Sugar Minott, Philip Fraser, and Triston Palma. Read more »
Finnish electronic musician, known to his friends and family as Sasu Ripatti and to a portion of the music world as Luomo, Vladislav Delay has readied his first album under this pseudonym since 2007's Whistleblower. The new release, titled Tummaa, arrives September 8 on U.K. label Leaf. Read more »
It's just been released this morning that Beastie Boys' latest tour has been canceled as Adam Yauch (a.k.a. MCA) has just been diagnosed as having a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. The cancer is considered very treatable, but will require Yauch to undergo surgery and several weeks of treatment.
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L.A. space-hop beatmaker Ras G (and his Alkebulan Space Program) blasts off with another piece of chunky, crunky hotness, this time offering a taste off of dublab/Porter Records' Echo Expansion compilation, expected in stores on August 18. Click it while it's hot!
Montreal-based NROTB pounces on this banger from the Major Lazer squad and vamps it up with that disco-y, nu-rave, electro-house kick that everyone has been, well, raving about as of late.
This week, XLR8R chillzz out with composer, producer, and DJ Stefan Eichinger (a.k.a. Lopazz). Negative Nancies, be gone! Through a rose-colored low-pass filter, this easy-going, mop-haired German marinates on Mother Nature, Brian Wilson’s genius, and onstage profanity in Arabic countries. His latest album, Ambient Film Themes, Vol.1, is out now on Get Physical.
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