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Best of 2008: Mochipet

San Francisco’s electronic iconoclast Mochipet on Daedelus, Snoop Dogg, and starting his own boy band.

Who was the best artist of 2008?

Jantsen from Boulder, Colorado. This kid makes some serious bass beats–slowed down, sped up. Check out out his unofficial Boyz Noise remix with Sleepyhead. It gives me hope that electronic music has a future in the U.S.

Who was the worst artist of 2008?

Mochipet. I hate that guy. No, I don't know. I try not to listen to artists I don't like. I mean, what's the point?

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Hot Chip Makes EP with Robert Wyatt

The Hot Chip boys tend to pop up all over the place, whether it's remixing the greats of hip-hop, crafting exclusive tracks, making cameos on numerous artist albums, or touring the world over, like, every other month. But despite such workaholism and hectic scheduling, the five-piece electro-pop outfit still found time to announce yet-another project before 2008 wrapped.

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  • 12/18/2008

Fujiya & Miyagi Ready Tour Dates

This year was all about new things for the so-called Kraut-rock revivalists Fujiya & Miyagi. Formerly a trio, the band assumed a new drummer in 2008, dropped a new album, Lightbulbs, to widespread acclaim, and also recently premiered a new video.

The quartet will take a few weeks of R&R before getting back on the road in early 2009, showcasing material off Lightbulbs, and perhaps even some new tracks as well.

Dates:
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  • 12/18/2008

DJ T., DJ Hell on Get Physical Comp

When a press release starts with the question "Have you ever asked yourself what song you'd like to be played at your funeral?", we're ready to sit up and take note. Said statement comes from Berlin-based powerhouse Get Physical, who announced a new series, Final Song, which asks "a number of musicians to select their ideal last song, either to serenade their final moments or to memorialize them after the fact." Which basically means the label has commissioned artists to pick they're favorite funeral jams.

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  • 12/18/2008

Thunderheist Signs to Big Dada

Toronto's much-hyped club-banging twosome of Grahm Zilla and Isis–better known as Thunderheist–has signed to the Big Dada imprint and are set to unveil their self-titled full-length debut on March 31.

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  • 12/17/2008

Home Video Release Date Pushed Back

After word of a late 2008 EP release, Home Video (David Gross and Collin Ruffino) has decided to hold off until the new year for the release. The new EP, It Will Be OK, is now slotted to hit stands on January 13. This will be the band's first release since 2006, when they put out No Certain Night or Morning on Defend Music, and will depart from the band's more minimalist earlier synth-rock to explore more luscious territory. Read more » 

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  • 12/16/2008

Yo Majesty Readies Tour Dates

Florida's sauciest trio of ladies, otherwise known as the force that is Yo Majesty, will hit the road in the new year. Forthcoming tour dates are in support of their previously announced debut full-length, Futuristically Speaking, Never Be Afraid.

For the live shows, the ladies will be backed by a live band and sometimes collaborator/producer DJ David Alexander. Onstage antics and lots of sweat are a foregone conclusion here.

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  • 12/16/2008

The Presets Plot U.S. Tour Dates

The Presets just can't get enough of the U.S., it seems. After co-headlining a North American tour with fellow Australians and labelmates Cut Copy earlier this year, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes will take a brief break for the holidays, then head Stateside again for another round of tour dates. They'll continue showcasing material from this year's Apocalypso, which dominated dancefloors in 2008 and won the duo an ARIA award. Catch them in one of these cities:

03/27 Tallahassee FL - Club Downunder
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  • 12/16/2008

Boogie Readies Third Book of Photos

The Serbian-born, Brooklyn-based photographer known the world over as Boogie is ready to release his third book of photos, and Belgrade Belongs to Me: Photographs by Boogie will hit streets in February.

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  • 12/16/2008

Dizzee Rascal Arrested

U.K. grime star Dizzee Rascal was reportedly arrested on Friday afternoon in Kent, England. The man born Dylan Mills was detained for possession of a suspicious weapon, namely a baseball bat.

According to NME.com, Dizzee is currently on bail but will have to report to police later this month. No other information about the arrest is known at this time.

Photo by Dean Chalkley.
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  • 12/15/2008

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