Late October will see the release of the second Fuckypony album. Perhaps the most well-known alias of house mensch Jay Haze, Fuckpony shows the DJ-producer's more soulful side, with one eye on the dancefloor and the other on the bedroom. Let the Love Flow is 10-track journey coming directly from Haze's hand, eschewing samples entirely in favor of a more personal take on the Fuckpony sound. Read more »
In 2008, Richie Hawtin's Minus label celebrated its 10th anniversary with a free-flowing, improvisatory audiovisual extravaganza known as Contakt, touring cities as disparate as Detroit, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and London. Now, those who weren't lucky enough to witness the show can go behind the scenes with a new documentary that details the joys and frustrations of coordinating and producing such a large-scale event. Read more »
Later this month will see the beginning of Thrill Jockey's new 12" single subscription club. Seven limited-edition records will be available exclusively to mail-order customers, featuring slabs from Tortoise, Javelin, Mi Ami (pictured), and other label favorites. Read more »
The sixth full-length from Toronto's post-rock titans Do Make Say Think washes ashore via Constellation on October 20, and consists of only four mammoth-sized tracks titled, ironically enough, "Do," "Make," "Say," and you guessed it, "Think." Featuring guest vocals from Akron/Family and the Lullabye Arkestra, three of the four giants from Other Truths Read more »
If you happen to find yourself plodding through the Irving Park and Western intersection in Chi-town this weekend, you might want to stop by the Flosstradamus pad to sift through the piles of goods that await a new home at their second annual Flossy Yard Sale. Up for grabs are an array of bikes, new and vintage clothes, hats, shoes and other cool gear, scattered electronics and musical instruments from their home studio, along with anything else the pair is too lazy to move to their new crib. Read more »
For their first recorded collaboration, the Chicago-based pair of David Daniell, a guitarist with an impressive avant/free-rock pedigree—he’s worked with Loren Connors and Thurston Moore among others—and Douglas McCombs, best known as the bass player for Tortoise (here, he plays electric and pedal steel guitar), have put together a record of contemplative, fusion-inflected textures, sculpted from hours of improvisation into a shimmering, psychedelic set. Read more »
Every day this month we're rolling out a new feature on XLR8R's Labels We Love of 2009. Whether it's the eye-catching aesthetics of Type or the model-for-the-future approach of Interdependent Media, these cut-making selections of the best in underground electronic, indie, hip-hop, and experimental imprints punch way above their weight. Feast your eyes on the features and then download many of the labels' related podcasts here.
The lowdown on new London’s mysteriously modern goth force.
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To celebrate the 35th anniversary of their 1974 hit "Autobahn," electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are releasing an eight-CD, super-deluxe boxed set, featuring remastered versions of eight astounding albums. Titled 12345678 The Catalogue, the set will also feature booklets containing previously unseen photos and artworks that have been reproduced to the highest technical standards. Read more »
Creaking and clanging like a weathered ship drifting through a tar pit somewhere in the Far East, this track from the Austrian duo's latest effort, Transition, fits together bits and pieces of finger-picked guitar, vibraphone, and an abundance of dripping electronic noises before slowly sinking to its final resting place.
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