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Grizzly Bear Goes to the Orchestra

While it's a trend we've seen for years, indie rock bands teaming up with orchestras is nonetheless something that always gets our attention–and apparently Michael Christie's too. The Brooklyn Philharmonic Music Director first grabbed the (non-classical) music world’s attention two years ago, when he collaborated with Antony & The Johnsons. Now he turns his attention towards the members of Grizzly Bear and Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy project.

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  • 10/14/2008

Poketo and 826LA Design Wallet Series

Well known for functional and visually appealing art products, design company Poketo has partnered with Dave Eggers’ non-profit youth writing program, 826LA, to create an exclusive new series of wallets.

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  • 10/14/2008

The Whip Album Gets U.S. Release

The Whip first caught our attention in 2006, when the song "Trash" appeared as one of the standouts on Paris-based label Kitsuné's Maison 3 compilation. The Manchester, U.K.-based four-piece has been carrying the rave/rock torch ever since, most notably in the form of its debut full-length, X Marks Destination.

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  • 10/13/2008

Rocksteady Icon Alton Ellis Passes On

The reggae world is currently mourning the loss of one of its greatest singers. Alton Nehemiah Ellis (1939–2008) died Friday at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, 10 months after he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. He was 70 years old. Ellis was prolific in the 1960s and '70s and known as “Mr. Soul of Jamaica” for his pioneering rocksteady hits, “I’m Still In Love” (covered in 2004 by Sasha and Sean Paul), “I’m Just A Guy,” “Dance Crasher,” and others.

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  • 10/13/2008

Free Next Stop Comp From PTR

Toronto, ON-based broken-beat, hip-hop, and nu-jazz label Public Transit Recordings (PTR) is offering an exclusive 15-song compilation at its online store. The comp, titled Next Stop, features a comprehensive look at the label’s diverse roster and includes music by broken-house star Arch_typ, deft MCing from L.A.’s Voice, chunky beats from LAL, and PTR founder Moonstarr’s own leftfield beats.

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  • 10/13/2008

ANAVAN Plots Fall Tour

ANAVAN may have been birthed from the scene surrounding L.A.'s legendary institution, The Smell, but it's time for these three synth-punkers to leave the nest and venture out into the big, wide world. In other words, they're going on tour.

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  • 10/10/2008

Top 10: Mux Mool, Benoît Pioulard

The Chap
Builder's Brew
Ghostly
Release Date: Out Now

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Animal Collective Readies New Album

Word was out this week that Animal Collective has a new album in the works, and while details about it are few and far between right now, a strange-yet-intriguing video on the band's site suggests there may be a set tracklisting for Merriweather Post Pavilion. Just listen to the strange voice on the clip and wait for the hand-written song titles to appear on the screen. Or, okay, you can also read the new titles below. The album is rumored to be out in January 2009, on Domino

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  • 10/09/2008

Digitalism, A-Trak on Kitsuné Compilation

Paris-based label Kitsuné has gathered tracks from some of the usual suspects in dance music and will finish out the fall by releasing said music on the latest installment of the label's Maison compilation series.

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  • 10/09/2008

Pon Di Wire: Macka Diamond, Bescenta

Max Glazer’s Federation Sound, in association with Ward 21, is offering a new, free mixtape titled Badda Badda Gang… 3 The Hard Way, featuring Timberlee, Natalie Storm, and Tifa, three of dancehall’s most important new female artists. The mix highlights the artists' wealth of new tracks and strong crossover appeal. Watch out M.I.A. and Gwen Stefani!

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