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August 2008

Issue 119: Labels We Love

For our annual Labels We Love issue, we pulled out all the newest labels you're sure to love in months to come. We flew down to L.A. to get the scoop on cover star Flying Lotus and checked in with mash-up pioneer Steinski, VP Records maven "Miss" Pat Chin, Sweden's Lykke Li, and DJ Godfather. All that while going bang with Bang Gang DJs, negotiating a chat between Sub Pop headmaster Jonathan Poneman and RCRD LBL auteur Peter Rojas, and keeping up to speed with the month's tech gear.

Issue Extras:

  • Listen Here: Flying Lotus
    XLR8R writer Brandon Ivers plays the tracks, while L.A. beatsmith FlyLo dishes the dirt.
  • Read the Chalkboard
    Excerpts from our interview with hip-hop mix legend Steinski.
  • Good Lord
    Excerpts from an interview with Black Ghosts' singer and ex-Simian frontman Simon Lord.
  • En Garde with DJ TouchĂ©
    Excerpts from an interview with the Black Ghosts’ Theo Keating.
  • Blast Off
    Excerpts from an interview with German graffiti artist/graphic designer SuperBlast.
  • Mutek Grows Older and Wiser
    Check out our recent trip to Montreal where we surveyed the MUTEK festival's ninth year running.
  • Kid Koala's Montreal
    Also on our travels through Montreal, we stopped in with Kid Koala and got the scoop on his favorite spots in the city.
  • Wallpaper
    Download exclusive wallpapers for your computer. Just select the size you'd like and use your browser's "set to desktop" function. 1024x768 1600x1200
  • Train on the Brain
    Watch a clip from Alison Murray's film about America's train-hopping subculture.

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