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 »
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 »
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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The folks of CMJ better step to the side because it looks like Canada is gearing up for its own fall music festival in '09 and the lineup thus far is sure to amaze. Touching down in the beautiful metropolis of Victoria, British Columbia, during the weekend of September 24-27, the Rifflandia Music Festival will take place at a handful of venues throughout the city and will feature artists such as Buck 65, Holy Fuck, Pink Mountaintops, and Final Fantasy. Read more »
Montreal-New York '80s R&B revivalists Chromeo have been chosen as next in line to helm the decks for !K7's first DJ-KiCKS release in two years. Joining such company as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Playgroup, Tiga, Erlend Oye, and Hot Chip, the duo has crafted a set bursting with the robo-funk basslines, plastic handclaps, smooth string sections, and sweet, '80s pop synths. The mix isn't only a trip down memory lane, however. Read more »
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