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Strut Releases Ze Records Retrospective

Cult imprint Ze Records will mark its 30th year in the biz with an all-star comp set for release entitled Ze 30: Ze Records 1979 – 2009 . Launched in 1979 by French art student Michel Esteban and British journalist Michael Zilkha, Ze tapped into the art-fueled, post-punk goliath that was New York City’s underground music scene in the early '80s. The label signed artists like James White & The Blacks, Suicide, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, and Marie Et Les Garcons. Judging by the tracklisting, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special occasion.

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  • 04/21/2009

Two-Song EP Dedicated to Charlie Cooper

The end of January brought the tragic news of Charlie Cooper's untimely death. The Telefon Tel Aviv member disappeared one evening and was later found in the Near Northwest Side neighborhood in Chicago, and many are still reeling from his death.

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  • 04/21/2009

No Age, Deerhoof in New Design Collection

Most music heads want to rep their favorite band or artist via their wardrobe, but finding an original getup in this age of mass production is no easy task.

Enter Soundscreen Design's Summer 2009 collection, for which the music-inspired product design company (owned by Insound) commissioned three studios to create original artwork on t-shirts, hoodies, and totes for the likes of No Age, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhoof, Fucked Up, and a few other prominent indie rock darlings.

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  • 04/20/2009

MUTEK 2009 Full Lineup Announced

The initial lineup that MUTEK announced last month for its 2009 Montreal festival looked promising enough, but we're two clicks away from hitting the "purchase" button on Expedia after getting wind of the finalized artist roster for this year's festivities.

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  • 04/20/2009

The Field Tours With The Juan MacLean

The Juan MacLean's new album, The Future Will Come, dropped last week via DFA, while meanwhile Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field) awaits the May 25 release date of his sophomore album, Yesterday & Today on anti-/Kompakt. Read more » 

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  • 04/20/2009

Carl Craig, LCD Join Sonar Lineup

The first wave of Sonar 2009 artists were announced on XLR8R.com at the end of February, and names like Animal Collective and Fever Ray have made their way onto the roster over the last several weeks.

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  • 04/17/2009

Au Revoir Simone Plots Tour

It's no secret that touring comprises a huge part of Au Revoir Simone's collective life as a band, and the Brooklyn-based trio will prove that again this spring, with the gigantic world tour they’ve just announced. Dates are in support of the group's latest synth-pop opus, Still Night, Still Light, being released through the girls’ own imprint on May 19.

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  • 04/17/2009

Download: Kotchy "Check Out My Keychain (dÉbruit's KeeCLAC Remix)"

Brooklyn-based experimental hip-hop artist Kotchy recently released his fun, R&B-inflected I’d Have to Be High EP, which features remixes from The Chap, Dev79, and Hrdvsion, among others. Here, Parisian Dj dÉbruit remixes “Check Out My Keychain” as his bump-hop alter ego KeeCLAC. I'd Have to Be High is out now. 

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Kid Koala Presents Dynamic Party

Canadian DJ Eric San (known as Kid Koala) has opted to take the family-friendly approach to touring and will stay for a number of days in a few select spots (rather than spending one night in many different locations) for the next round. Each stop of the tour will include a dynamic event called LOUD PARTY/QUIET WORK, a back-to-back combination of two distinctly different types of parties.

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  • 04/16/2009

Download: A.M. Architect "Next of Kin (Ernest Gonzales remix)"

Label: Antipop

A.M. Architect is the San Antonio-based experimental side project of Daniel Stanush (a.k.a. Magic Note, the lead guitarist for Panic Division) and Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether216). This Ernest Gonzales remix of their track “Next of Kin” blends ambient outdoor sounds with the din of distant conversation, giving the impression of a garden party interrupted by a complex instrumental of buzzy bottom synths, light interwoven electric guitar, and sped-up bongo and electronic hand claps. 

Average: 7.5 (33 votes)
 
 

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