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XLR8R's Top 20 MP3s of August

The temperature circulating around the XLR8R offices was quite stifling throughout the month of August, and luckily we had quite a collection of MP3s to cool us off during its hottest moments. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/14/2009

Inbox: Oneida

This week, XLR8R’s Inbox tunes in to Brooklyn-based psychedelic rock outfit Oneida. Frontman Kid Millions takes us on a journey to abandoned nightclubs-cum-flophouses, The Royal Exile’s Cricket Club, lame shows in Memphis, TN, and awesome shows in Marina di Ravenna, Italy. Oneida’s tenth full-length, Rated O, is out now on Jagjaguwar. Read more » 

Minus Begins Arts Initiative

Richie Hawtin just keeps adding new artistic elements to the Minus roster, and with the Minus-Embed project, he's invited outside talent into the mix. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/14/2009

Review: Nudge As Good As Gone

Label: kranky

Dubby musical explorations don’t require a full payload of bass. Nudge isn’t strictly dub by any means, but the group’s slow-burning electro-acoustic tracks often have that billowy feel associated with shacks-turned-studios in Jamaica. On their fourth album, the band plays with ambient sound and space and abuses delay pedals to create textured, coldly mesmerizing music. Dark tones and unraveling narratives ground these often buoyant tracks. Read more » 

XLR8R Seeks S.F. Interns

XLR8R is looking for editorial interns in our San Francisco office who know the difference between Junior Boys and Boys Noize, techno and electro, Major Lazer, lazer bass, and drum & bass, hip-hop and trip-hop, and who require minimal hand-holding. Positions are for both editorial and events and online marketing.

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  • Filed under: news
  • 09/11/2009

Matthew Africa's Jerkin' Hot

The East Bay's DJ Matthew Africa has a new podcast up which features two hours of jerk music, the L.A.-centered music movement that builds on foundations built by Bay Area crews like The Pack. With freaky mixes and nasty lyrics in surplus, this podcast is damn sure to be blasting from a lot of porches and earbuds in the coming weeks. Read more » 

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  • 09/11/2009

Pygmalion Music Fest Next Week

Autumn always brings a smattering of music fests all over the U.S., and next week, the twin cities of Champaign-Urbana, IL, are hosting the Pygmalion Music Festival. Read more » 

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  • 09/11/2009

Ultrasone PRO 900s Reviewed

In my more embarrassing years, I hugged some subwoofers. And when I first fired up the Read more » 

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  • 09/11/2009

Review: Vladislav Delay Tummaa

Label: Leaf

Tummaa diametrically opposes Finnish producer/percussionist Sasu Ripatti’s work as Luomo. Whereas that project imagines minimal, vocal-centric house as a lubricious glide through sleek clubs and luxurious boudoirs, Ripatti’s new Vladislav Delay album revives his instincts as an improvising Scandinavian jazz musician. Spurning the dancefloor and the horizontal bop, Tummaa translates Delay’s usual impressionistic, knotted strain of abstract techno into introverted jazz tropes. Read more » 

DJ Shadow Releases XFM Cast From 2000

Over on DJShadow.com, the Bay Area turntable superstar has made available the live broadcast from XFM London he performed alongside the Quannum Crew (Blackalicious, Lateef, Lyrics Born, Joyo) live in the studio. You can buy the download or CD of the previously unavailable performance from back in December of 2000 off of either Shadow's or Quannum's website. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/10/2009

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