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Squarepusher: Just a Bass

Hold 2008's Just a Souvenir against him if you will, but one thing that's not lackluster about Tom Jenkinson is his ability to put on a live performance. From bass guitars to a legendary cameo by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, an evening with Squarepusher is usually a memorable one, so his announcement of a live album is more than welcome.

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  • 06/19/2009

Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder Hops the Pond

Good news for the dubstep-meets-hip-hop-meets-future-blap massive. Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder event is about to go transatlantic.

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  • 06/18/2009

Disco Sucks... 30 Years Later

Fans of the new wave of disco, take note. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the "Disco Sucks!" campaign, and The Guardian takes a look back to the year 1979 with this thought-provoking article. Demolition footage included. Read more » 

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  • 06/18/2009

Air Returns With New Album

Having made a mighty fine Pocket Symphony in 2007, Air now returns to the forefront of our musical minds with a new album, Love 2.

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  • 06/18/2009

Stream: Mark Pritchard and Om'Mas Keith

Hyperdub's next release comes courtesy of electronic music producer Mark Pritchard (of Jedi Knights and Harmonic 313 fame), and he's teamed up with none other than SA-RA Creative Partners' Om'Mas Keith for the occasion.

The two met while working at the Red Bull Music Academy last year in Spain, and the resulting single, "Wind it Up," is one of the wobbliest dubstep-meets-synth-hop amalgamations this side of Flying Lotus.

The single is out July 20, in vinyl and digital formats. In the meantime, listen to the title track here.

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  • 06/17/2009

Major Lazer Gets iPhone App

Several weeks of hype later, Major Lazer's album Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do is available for purchase. Now, here comes the iPhone app.

Downtown Records and iZotope have created a little something called iDrum, which lets users remix tracks from the album via our iPhones and iPods. Ten customizable kits include elements from the album, which can be remixed and recorded by a mere touch of the screen. Should be useful when warding offvampires and zombies.

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  • 06/17/2009

Artist to Watch: Ghosts on Tape

Who: Ghosts on Tape
Where: San Francisco, CA

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  • 06/17/2009

Tortoise Goes Touring

With Beacons of Ancestorship ready to drop on June 23, Chicago's finest post-rock crew Tortoise is planning a round of performances for the summer. Beacons... marks the first full-length for the band in over five years, and we received a taste of the album's freeform, jazzed-out mayhem on the record earlier this spring. Now, catch the tracks in the live setting at one of these dates:

07/11 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
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  • 06/16/2009

New Mix from Salem

Michigan-based trio Salem recently made a mix for MP3 blog 20 Jazz Funk Greats, and in the words of those kids, it's "a disarming patchwork of haunted juke hall malevolence, cave crunk atmospherics, rain breaking tekno noise, and crackling transmissions from a childhood spent floating down beautiful starlit rivers in the constant glare of hidden monsters."

Download it here for free.

Salem:
01 Pearl - "Pearl’s Dream"
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  • 06/16/2009

Tim Hecker, Junior Boys Up for Polaris

The nominees for this year's Polaris Prize are in, and we're thrilled to see a number of XLR8R favorites making the list for what is Canada's annual nod to its best album. By all accounts, 2009 is shaping up to be a good year in music for our northern neighbo(u)rs.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 06/15/2009

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