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Wax Trax! Co-Founder Passes Away

Dannie Flesher, co-founder of Chicago's legendary Wax Trax! Records, passed away of AIDS-related pneumonia on Sunday in Hope, Arkansas. With Jim Nash, Flesher helped foster the burgeoning industrial music scene, putting out countless records from the likes of the Revolting Cocks, Front Line Assembly, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, and many others. Though the label was bought by TVT in 1992, and was further stymied by Nash's death in 1995, it is still considered by many to be one of the most original labels to ever come out of the United States. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Singer-Guitarist Jay Reatard Dead At 29

Memphis-based punk and indie-rock musician Jay Reatard was found dead early this morning in his home. The cause of his death is not yet known. The talented yet overwhelmingly negative Reatard (born Jay Lindsey) leaves behind a legacy of garage-punk and synth-trash records, as well as a host of friends and fans. His last album, Watch Me Fall, was released on Matador last August. For more about Reatard and his often tragic life story, read the 2008 XLR8R profile on him. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Trouble & Bass Relaunches No Escape from NY

New York's low-end loving Trouble & Bass crew has been putting on its No Escape from NY parties for awhile now, but for 2010 the T&B gang has decided to up the ante. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Gui Boratto Mixes Renaissance Set

Brazilian producer Gui Boratto will see his first official compilation released in February as part of the esteemed Renaissance Mix Collection. Featuring exclusive new material—including a collaboration with Bomb the Bass—as well as tracks from electronic luminaries such as Gabriel Ananda, Tricky, and Dominik Eulberg, the two discs will only raise Boratto's stature further. Tracklisting after the jump! Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Boston's Together Festival Announces Headliners Untold, Neon Indian, and More

That other east coast music festival, Boston's Together: The New England Electronic Music Festival, announced today the first wave of headlining acts booked to perform February 8 - 14. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Meanest Man Contest Premieres Video for "Partially Smart"

Just as the producer/MC duo of Meanest Man Contest has one foot in SF and the other in LA, the group's new track, "Partially Smart," straddles the line between hip-hop and electro, not to mention humor and critique. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2010

Download: Grasscut "Muppet (Nathan Fake Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

Grasscut's "Muppet," the first single from the duo's forthcoming debut album for Ninja Tune, is a lo-fi, hyperactive, electro-pop number that quickly brings to mind the lovable sounds of Eats Tapes and DAT Politics. In the hands of fellow UK producer Nathan Fake, however, "Muppet" takes on a more somber tone with a more straightforward dance beat and subdued synth melodies—sounding more like a slow-burning rave anthem than a slice of tongue-in-cheek, electronic twee-pop. 

Average: 8.1 (90 votes)

Download: Jogger "Napping Captain (Dark Party Remix)"

The strange live electronics of LA two-piece Jogger, who is less than a month away from kicking off the Magical Properties Tour with Daedelus and Nosaj Thing, are reformed to fit the palette of Eliot Lipp and his Brooklyn-based side-project Dark Party in this remix of "Napping Captain." Originally from Jogger's debut album, This Great Pressure, the track was an eight-minute, sing-songy number until Lipp and his partner, Leo 123, took out the vocals and transformed the instrumental into an atmospheric, 8-bit dance tune. 

Average: 8.3 (137 votes)

Review: Supersilent 9

Though the packaging—turquoise, this time—eschews personnel details per usual, it's widely known that the ninth album from Supersilent was completed without their drummer Jarle Vespestad. This absence has stirred the remaining trio of Helge Sten (a.k.a. Deathprod), Arve Henriksen, and Stale Storlokken to discard their expected instruments (including trumpet and electronics) in favor of Hammond organs. Read more » 

XLR8R TV: The L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok UK/US Snack Challenge

"Where's that spit bucket?"

British house producers James Connolly and Alex Sushon (a.k.a. L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok) may be experts in what's going on in the ever-shifting world of London club music, but can they tell PG Tips from Lipton tea? Read more » 

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